The tenor Louis-Charles Gagnon has a noble and refined voice which allies a bright sound, an expressive style and an easy agility.
His future engagements include the role of Nadir in a production of the opera Les Pêcheurs de perles (G. Bizet) with the Jeunesses musicales du Canada first presented during the Quebec Opera Festival last summer then on tour across Canada in Fall 2021 and in Spring 2022. He will also sing the role of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (G. Verdi) with the Teatro lirico d’Europa in the United States on January and February 2022. He will perform the title role in the opera Le Comte Ory (G. Rossini) with Tempêtes et passions in June 2022 and will also perform the Christmas Oratorio (J.S. Bach) and the Saint-Saëns Requiem with the Choeur Les Rhapsodes.
Recently, he performed as a soloist in the Vesperae solennes de confessore (W.A. Mozart) with the chorus of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and with the Choeur Classique de l’Estrie along with the Coronation mass and the Regina Coeli from the same composer. He also performed the role of Edgardo in the latest production from the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada of the opera Lucia di Lammermoor (G.Donizetti)
His other latest achievements include the role of Gherardo and the cover for the role of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (G. Puccini) as well as Septimius in Theodora (G.F. Handel) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in the United Kingdom. He also performed the role of the Second Priest as well as the cover for the role of Tamino for most of the rehearsal process in a production of The Magic Flute (W.A. Mozart) directed by Robert Lepage for the Quebec Opera Festival. He also performed for the same festival as a member of La brigade lyrique in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and assumed the role of the Clerk of the Court in the Canadian opera Louis Riel (H. Sommers). In 2017, he sang the role of Don Ottavio in the city of Weimar, Germany, in Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart) with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (LOSW).
His other roles on stage include The Husband in Les mamelles de Tirésias (F. Poulenc) and Cecco in Il mondo della Luna (J. Haydn) with the Opera workshop of Laval University, Comte Barigoule at Saint-Eustache FestivalOpera’s production of Cendrillon (P. Viardot) and Flavio in Norma (V. Bellini) with Rimouski Opera. He performed in numerous concerts organized by Tempêtes et Passions, including their production of Bastien et Bastienne (W.A. Mozart) in the role of Bastien and also in Rossini à l’apéro and Gounod à l’apéro presented for Quebec Opera Festival. He has appeared as a guest soloist with the Laval University Symphonic Orchestra at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City and with the Laval University Music Faculty Choir as a soloist in the Petite messe solennelle (G. Rossini). In the UK, he appeared as a soloist for the Cheshire Sinfonia in the Mass in C (L.V. Beethoven), for the Chester Music Society in the St. Cecilia Mass (C. Gounod), for the Ramsbottom Choral Society in The Seasons and The Creation (J. Haydn), for the Southport Bach Choir in Messiah (G.F. Handel) and in various other events like song recitals and opera galas.
In 2016 Louis-Charles won the first place at the Solo Competition with Orchestra organized by Laval University’s Music Faculty and the S. Cécile-Darveau award in 2015 for his first place at the La Relève Musicale Lyric Art Competition. In 2015 he also received the Tremplin Scholarship from the Drummondville Arts and Culture Service for the successes of his artistic achievements and, in 2014, a second place at the Canadian Music Competition.
Louis-Charles holds a PGDip in Music performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he worked with Andrew Heggie. He also got a MMus at Laval University in Quebec City under the teaching of Patricia Fournier. He’s been greatly supported during this period by the group La Relève musicale.