Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Introducing Canadian Bass-barihunk Tomislav Lavoie

Tomislav Lavoie

With all of our excitement about seeing Stéphane Degout ‏ in Gluck's Alceste at the Garnier, we almost overlooked Canadian bass-barihunk Tomislav Lavoie in the cast. He's caught our eye in the past as Leporello in Don Giovanni and Wagner in Faust, so he's long overdue to being introduced to our readers.

Tomislav Lavoie sings Wagner in Faust:

Lavoie studied at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montréal as a violinist before being hired by several famous orchestras among which the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. He was called on to replace a singer as Masetto in Don Giovanni and the rest is history. He went on to study voice at  Montréal University and during his first year was asked to sing Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. He was then invited to tour with Jeunesses musicales du Canada.

His performance as Apollo and two other roles in Alceste marks his debut at the Paris Opera. He now heads off to the Wexford Festival to perform Girot in Hérold's Le Pré aux Clercs. Tickets and additional cast information is available online.

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