The Canadian young light lyric tenor, Jacques-Olivier Chartier, began his musical training at 9 years old at the Petits Chanteurs de la Maîtrise du Québec (Pueri Cantores) and received from childhood a complete musical education. He studied at Montreal University in both Opera and Early Music as well as the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland. His teachers and mentors include Lyne Fortin, Ulrich Messthaler, Antony Rooley, John Norris, Alexander Weimann and Christopher Jackson (Music Director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal). He received an excellence prize from the Charles-Émile Gadbois Foundation. He is currently member of the Opéra de Montréal’s Young Artists Program.
Known for his beautiful and elegant singing in a wide variety of vocal styles. Jacques-Olivier Chartier has performed many times as a soloist under the baton of renowned conductors such as, Jacques Lacombe, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Alain Trudel, Monica Huggett, Alexander Weimann, Bernard Labadie, Stephen Stubbs, Boris Brott and Jean-Philippe Tremblay.
Past seasons highlights include some tours with Matthew White's group Les Voix Baroques, a USA tour and J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) recording with the Portland Baroque Orchestra under Monica Huggett, East Canadian tour with King’s College Halifax, French Music performances with Ensemble Arion and Christophe Rousset, six concert tour of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with Orchestre Metropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Jacques also performed at the Le Festival Bach de Montréal, with Les Violons du Roy at Carnegie Hall, with I Musici, Laval, Trois-Rivières and Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival as well as appearances in Toronto, Lameque Festival (N.B) and Victoria B.C. His appearances on the operatic stage include Nelligan by André Gagnon with Opéra de Québec Company, Aristée/Pluton in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers with Société Lyrique du Royaume, Ferrando in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte with Orchestre de la Francophonie under Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Zémire et Azor by French composer André Gréty with Opéra de Montréal as well as Don Ottavio in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni under Jean-Francois Rivest.