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Jean‑François Lapointe

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Born in Quebec, Jean-François Lapointe first studied piano and violin before he devoted himself to singing at the Laval University in Quebec City. He completed his studies in the United-States with Martial Singher. He has been awarded many prizes, including three awards at the Paris International Singing Competition and became a noted performer of the French opera repertoire on a worldwide scale. His favourite roles include Pelléas, from Pelléas and Mélisande, that he sang many times (e.g. at La Scala in Milan) before he interpreted Golaud’s role (Angers-Nantes Opera, Helsinki, and Strasbourg Opera House). He sang the lead parts in Hamlet, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Candide by Berstein, Mârouf by Rabaud, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Harlekin in Ariane in Naxos, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Ford in Falstaff, Lescaut in Manon, Escamillo in Carmen, the count Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro, Nevers in the Huguenots, Zurga in The Pearl Fishers, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Marc-Antoine in Cléopâtre by Massenet, the Marquis de La Force in Dialogues des carmélites, Germont in La Traviata. He has been recently performing at the Paris Opera in Alceste (the Priest), Werther (Albert) and Faust (Valentin), and at the Marseille Opera in La Favorite (Alphonse), Hérodiade (Hérode), Cléopâtre (Marc-Antoine), La Traviata (Germont), Moïse et Pharaon (Pharaon), Falstaff (Ford), Hamlet (title-role) and Don Carlo (Posa), at the Canadian Opera Company, in Amsterdam and at the New York Metropolitan Opera in Dialogues des carmélites (Marquis de La Force), at the Monte-Carlo Opera in Tannhaüser (Wolfram), La Favorite and Falstaff (Ford), at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in La Favorite, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in La Traviata, in Avignon in Hamlet (lead role), in Geneva in Faust, Ascanio by Saint-Saëns (Benvenuto Cellini) and William Tell (lead role), at the Opera national de Lorraine in The Pearl Fischers (Zurga) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico), at the Teatro Comunale de Bologne in Werther (Albert)…

He also performs in concerts and recitals (The Child and the Spells, Ravel, The Prodigal Son, Debussy, Monsieur Beaucaire, Messager, Fauré’s Requiem). Jean-François Lapointe is Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

Sir Riccardo Forth (Les Puritains) and Escamillo in Marseille, le Marquis de La Force at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride) in Zurich.

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