LOUIS-CHARLES GAGNON
Tenor

 

The tenor Louis-Charles Gagnon has a noble and refined voice which allies a bright sound, an expressive style and an easy agility.

 

He will soon perform the title role in Le Comte Ory (G. Rossini) with Tempêtes et Passions and at Montreal Bourgie Hall for the rendition of the J.S. Bach complete Year 8 cantatas with Clavecin en concert.

 

Recently, he performed the roles of Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia/G. Rossini) at the ItalfestMTL 2022 and Rodolfo (La Bohème/G. Puccini) at the Saint-Eustache Festival-Opéra, Le Roi/L’Empereur in the original creation Les 3 contes d’Andersen (J-F Mailloux/J-P Lavoie) at the Quebec Opera Festival. He also was as a soloist in Dvořák Stabat Mater with the Chœur classique de Montréal and the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal.

 

Recently, he sang Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles/G. Bizet) and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor/G.Donizetti) with Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Among his other achievements, he performed Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni/W.A. Mozart) in Germany, with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (LOSW), Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi/G. Puccini) as well as Septimius (Theodora/G.F. Handel) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in the UK. He also appeared as the Second Priest and the understudy of Tamino (Die Zauberflöte/W.A. Mozart) for most of the rehearsal process in a production directed by Robert Lepage for the Festival d’opéra de Québec. For the same festival, he assumed the role of the Clerk of the Court (Louis Riel/H. Sommers) and was a soloist in La Brigade lyrique.

 

He also performed as a soloist in the Vesperae solennes de confessore (W.A. Mozart) with the choir of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, then with the Choeur Classique de l’Estrie along with the Coronation mass and the Regina Coeli.  

 

In the UK, he was also 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.

 

Finalist of the 2020 edition of Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, he also won in 2016 the first place at the Concours solo avec orchestre at Laval University. In 2015, he won the S. Cécile-Darveau award for his first place at the Concours d’Art lyrique de La Relève Musicale and received the Tremplin Scholarship from the Drummondville Arts and Culture Service for the success of his artistic achievements. In 2014, he got 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 studied previously with Patricia Fournier at Laval University in Quebec City. He was greatly supported during this period by the group La Relève musicale de Québec.

Role of Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville by Rossini

credit: Radu Palade