Mezzo soprano Marie-Louise Bourbeau is a graduate of McGill University (L.Mus. Major Performance, Voice, 1979) and first prizewinner in the Du Maurier National competitions. In Europe she attended the Zürich Opera Studio, held a tenure position with the Vienna State Opera (choir and solo), and performed regularly with baroque ensemble Helios 18 and the New Art Orchestra, with which she recorded Ancient Voices of Children by George Crumb. She also initiated the European première of works by Canadian composers such as Patrick Cardy and Denis Gougeon.
Marie Louise is the owner and director of Bourbeau Voice Dynamics, which offers vocal technique and breathing skills to stage professionals. She specializes in vocal technique for both the classical and musical repertoire. Moreover, her body-oriented approach to the voice has won her a varied clientele, in Canadian and German and Austrian establishments. She has experience in working with actors, dancers, young singer-composers, deaf children, and yoga practitioners. She has lived for three years in Japan, where she directed and taught voice in her Tokyo studio, The Voice Shop.
Her company (BVD) collaborated several years with Dr.Geoffrey Edwards from Laval University, the Canadian Chair in Geomatics, participating in the research, conception, and implementation of projects and installations concerned with the relationship between identity, the body and environmental space. These projects were presented in Québec, Toronto, Vienna, Düsseldorf and Madrid.
She regularly holds a variety of workshops in vocal energetics, a training based on the synergy of movement, breath and the voice. She is presently teaching voice at the famous Joop van den Ende Academy for Musicals in Hamburg Germany.