Olivier Laquerre, BARITONE
Enthralling audiences since 1998, Canadian baritone OLIVIER LAQUERRE is recognized for his formidable presence, his powerful voice, and his convincing theatrical performances.
Laureate of the Paris and the Verviers (Belgium) international voice competitions, he has been in great demand as a soloist since winning the Joseph-Rouleau Award (First Prize) at the Jeunesses musicales' voice competition.
On stage, his roles include Escamillo, Leporello, Papageno, Achillas, Don Alvaro, Arbace, Ottone, Andrei Shchelkalov, Oronte, Céphée, Pluto, Thoas, Haly, Angelotti and the Messengerin Stravinsky’s Œdipus Rex, a production featured at the Edinburgh international Festival and in Toronto. He was an acclaimed Ulysses in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse with Opera Atelier in 2007, under David Fallis. Olivier Laquerre also created the role of Tsar Theodorus at the Boston Early Music Festival premiere of Mattheson’s Boris Goudenow. In 2010, he performed brilliantly the title role of Figaroin Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Atelier.
In concert, he regularly sings Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and St.John Passion, as well as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. He also sings the Requiems by Fauré, Mozart and Verdi.Mr. Laquerre has sung with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Milwaukee, Montreal, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Trois-Rivières symphony orchestras, and many vocal ensembles from North America. He is a regular guest soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival, with whom he has recorded many CD’s under the CPO label (Germany).
More recently, a production of Ludus Danielis by the Toronto Consort (2015), in which Olivier Laquerre performed Belshazzar, was a tremendous success. His many recent projects with Opera Atelier in Toronto include Weber’s Der Freischütz (2012), Mozart’s Magic Flute (2013), Lully’s Persée (2014), Handel’s Alcina (2014) and the return of Lully’s Armide to Versailles in 2015, 3 years after its triumph at the Opéra Royal in 2012.
W. A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, à Montreal, QC, Canada
J. Offenbach’s Les contes d'Hoffmann, à Montreal, QC, Canada
« (Soulignons) l'apparition d'Olivier Laquerre en Docteur Miracle. Immense et sinistre, dans son long paletot de cuir noir, avec une voix mordante, des yeux menaçants, un simple geste qui dit tout. Un orme royal. »
"Les Berceaux" - G. Fauré, texte de Sully Prudhomme
- Model ID: GLDA808170