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Olivier Laquerre (Bass-Baritone)

Born: Canada

The Canadian bass-baritone, Olivier Laquerre, studied with the well-known teachers Jan Simons in Montreal, as well as Patricia Kerne in Toronto and Marlena Malas in the USA. Award-winner at the Paris and Verviers international voice competitions, Olivier Laquerre has been in great demand as a soloist since winning the prestigious Joseph-Rouleau Prize (1st Prize) at the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada Voice Competition in 1999.

On stage, Olivier Laquerre made his debut in 2006 as Escamillo in Georges Bizetís Carmen at Opera de Québec. In the Fall of 2006, he performed Papageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, in Toronto, and was also featured in the same role in the film Magic Flute diaries by Sullivan Productions, which was released in 2007. Among many roles, he performed Achilla in George Frideric Handelís Giulio Cesare; Don Alvaro in Rossiniís Il Viaggio a Reims; Andrei Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov; Angelotti in Tosca; Haly in Rossiniís L'Italiana in Algeri; Oronte in Médée by Charpentier; Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck; The Messenger in Igor Stravinsky's Œdipus Rex at the Edinburgh International Festival and in Toronto. Laquerre was warmly hailed as Medusa and Céphée in Lullyís Persée, as Pluto in Monteverdiís Orfeo and as Leporello in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, all performed with Opera Atelier in Toronto.

Olivier Laquerre went on tour in Korea with Opera Atelier in 2003, performing Leporello, and performed the role of Ottone in Monteverdiís L'Incoronazione di Poppea in Cleveland. He participated in the 2001 and the 2005 Boston Early Music Festivals, in the role of Arcas in Thesée by Jean-Baptiste Lully, as well as in the world premiere of Johann Matthesonís Boris Goudenow, where he sang the role of Theodorus Ivanowitz in May 2005. As a regular guest of this Festival, Laquerre participated again in 2007, singing in Lullyís Psyché.

In concert, Olivier Laquerre performed in I. Stravinsky's Œdipus Rex with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Purcellís Fairy Queen with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in December 2006 and Ralph Vaughan Williamsí 1st Symphony with the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra under Jacques Lacombe in April 2007. He performed G.F. Handel's Messiah on several occasions, as well as L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, J.S. Bachís Magnificat (BWV 243) and Johannes Passion (BWV 245). Laquerre is a regular guest soloist with many orchestras and ensembles, among them the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Milwaukee Symphony orchestra, Apolloís Fire in Cleveland, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Montreal and the Quebec Symphony orchestras, and was also invited at the Banff Centre for the Arts, at the Lanaudiere International Music Festival, and at the Ojai Music Festival in California.

Recent and upcoming engagements with Opera Atelier include Ottone in Monteverdiís L'Incoronazione di Poppea, April 2009, Thoas in Gluckís Iphigenie en Tauride, November 2009 and the title role in W.A. Mozartís The Marriage of Figaro in 2010. Olivier Laquerre can often be heard both on the English and French networks of the CBC. He is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

ď Laquerre was a particular delight when illuminating vast depths of feeling in five Jacques Ibert songs about romantic adventurer Don Quixotte. Ē- Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
ď The 6-foot-7 [sic] Canadian bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre, who not only makes a properly dignified King Céphée of Ethiopia (!) but dons the snaky locks to make a properly preening drag queen Medusa. Ē - William Littler, Toronto Star

Source: Olivier Laquerre Website (Photos by Helen Tanse); Analekta Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2010)

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Arioso from BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Laquerre, Olivier - Artist Profile (Analekta)
The Concert Opera Group: Bios

Olivier LaQuerre, Baritone (Official Website) [English/French]

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