Saturday, September 3, 2016

Introducing Québecois barihunk Dominique Côté

Dominique Côté
Québec barihunk Dominique Côté is new to the site. We were intrigued by him when we learned that in addition to singing he runs in triathlons to stay in shape. In June 2017, he'll particiapte in his first Ironman 70.3. The race consists of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman triathlon.

As a singer, he'll appear in two operas in Opera Lafayette's upcoming seasons. He'll perform Pizarro in composer Pierre Gaveaux's Léonore, ou l'amour conjugal on February 19 in Washington D.C. and February 23 at the Gerald Lynch Theater in New York. He'll be joined in the cast by fellow barihunk and Quebecois Thomas Lavoie, who we introduced to readers last summer. The opera is part of the company's Leonore Project, which will feature Beethoven's Fidelio next season, which is based on the same story. Côté will perform in that production, as well.

Côté has won several top prizes at vocal competitions, including the Concours International de chant de Canari, the operetta award at the Concours International de chant de Marmande, and the grand prize from the Voice Festival of McGill University.

Dominique Côté and Marianne Lambert sing Massenet's Marine:

He trained as an actor at L’école de théâtre de St-Hyacinthe and then as a singer with Lucette Tremblay in Montreal, and completed his training at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal in 2010. Côté recently starred in the Georges Feydeau play Feu la mère de Madame at the Theatre Lac Brome, sang the role of Frédéric in Léo Delibes' Lakmé at l’Opéra de Montréal and Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss' La Chauve-Souris (Die Fledermaus) for le Grand Théâtre Genève.

As an actor, Côté has also appeared as Renaud on the Radio-Canada show Virginie, Eric Gaudry on Jean-Duceppe for Télé-Québec and as Étienne Bernard on Emma on the TVA network. Children will also recognize his voice from the many cartoon characters he has played including the Lion in Le Lion d’Oz

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