2019-2020 Guest Artists
Soprano Suzie LeBlanc is one of the most sought after early music sopranos of her generation, as well as a gifted interpreter of lieder, French mélodies, Acadian repertoire and contemporary music. Concerts engagements have led her around the world, as well as to over 50 recordings with the world’s leading early music ensembles. On the opera stage, she performed for De Nederlandse Opera, Festival de Beaune, Opéra de Montréal, Boston Early Music Festival, Tanglewood and Early Music Vancouver. Ms. Leblanc’s engagements in 2013/2014 include a world premiere by Peter Togni, Debussy"s Pelleas et Melisande, Carissimi's Jephte with Tafelmusik, recitals with Alexander Weimann and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and songs on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Her next album, Canadian settings of poems by Elizabeth Bishop by Canadian composers Hatzis, Plant, MacLean and Doolittle, will be out in the fall of 2013, along with a documentary of her walk in Newfoundland, following Bishop's footsteps and 1932 journal. The recipient of four honorary doctorates for her artistic achievements and research, she also played the lead role in the award winning film Lost Song (Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008). With Alexander Weimann and Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, she founded Le Nouvel Opéra, which gives workshops in Baroque Opera at the Orford Arts Centre and produces chamber operas.
SUZIE LE BLANC - Soprano
ROSE NAGGAR TREMBLAY - Mezzo Soprano
Rose Naggar-Tremblay owns a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. A 2019-2020 “Jeune ambassadrice lyrique,” she made her Opéra de Montréal debut in the roles of Tisbé in La Cenerentola and Zora in Svadba and, in 2018-2019, was back with l’Opéra, playing Giovanna in Rigoletto and Gertrude Stein in Twenty-Seven (Atelier lyrique). She was a soloist in Broadway Evening (Aramusique), On the Path of Love (Pro Musica), Soirée à l’opérette! (Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil) and in YO’péra! (creation, Opéra de Montréal). In 2019-2020, Rose’s slate includes the role of Anita in a concert version of West side story (Orchestre de la Francophonie), concerts with the Lachine and St-Eustache Music Festivals, and the Lumière éternelle concert (I Musici), She is also Duchess Della Volta in La fille du Tambour-major (Opéra bouffe du Québec) and teams with composer Mathilde Côté and librettist Ivy to create the role of Gabrielle in La nuit est ma femme.
MARCEL D'ENTREMONT - TENOR
Originally from Merigomish, Nova Scotia, Marcel d'Entremont is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Performance at McGill University. He is a recipient of the Portia White award from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, received second place in the Hal Leonard International Vocal Competition and won 1st place in the Atlantic Young Artist Competition. In the summer of 2014 he represented Nova Scotia at the National Music Festival of Canada where he placed first in the vocal division and also won the grand award for overall best performer. In recent seasons, Marcel sang the roles of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera McGill, Il Podesta in La Finta Giardiniera with Opera Nova Scotia, and Rodolfo in La Boheme with Opera Saskatoon, and appeared on tour with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada as the title role in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette as well as Alfredo in La Traviata.
Québec baritone Dominique Côté maintains a flourishing career in North America and in France. Praised for his warm tone, stage presence and skill as an actor, he has won several first prizes including the Concours International de chant de Canari and for operetta at the Concours International de chant de Marmande. He also received the first prize and the grand prize from the Voice Festival of McGill University.
Trained as an actor at L’école de théâtre de St-Hyacinthe and then as a singer with Lucette Tremblay in Montreal, he completed his training at Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal where he worked under the direction of Gerald Martin-Moore. During the current season, he will be Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus for Opéra de Québec, sings Messiah for L’orchestre Philharmonie Melomanes and appears for Montreal’s acclaimed Theatre du Nouveau Monde. Last season he was at Opéra de Lille for Offenbach’s rarely heard Le roi Carotte directed by Laurent Pelly with further performances for Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) in Berlioz’s Lelio conducted by Nagano, Dancairo in Carmen for Opéra de Montréal and performances of Footloose in Québec City. Of particular note were his wildly-applauded appearances at Maison Symphonique with the OSM and Les Cowboys Fringant. During the 2017-2018 season he rejoined Ryan Brown’s Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C. for the Leonore Project: Beethoven’s Leonore (the first version) and Gaveaux’s opéra comique on the same subject for performances in Washington and New York followed by a recording. Also in that season, he was featured with Edmonton Opera as La Comtesse Marie-Laure de Tilly in Les Feluettes, and participated in performances and a recording of Nicandro e Fileno with le Nouvel Opéra de Montréal and Les Boréades.
DOMINIQUE CÔTÉ - Baritone