Biography

Casting 2017Jonathan Gagné is a young lyrical tenor with promising talent who just completed a B.Mus. in classical singing at Laval University, under Patricia Fournier’s teaching. He has now started a Master’s degree at McGill’s Schulich School of Music in John Mac Master’s studio.

From his very beginnings in the world of classical music, he quickly showed commitment and dedication when taking part in his Vocational School’s operetta productions (at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy), displaying passion, determination and natural ease on stage.

Guided by a thirst for challenge and encouraged by his teachers, Jonathan earned a gold medal at the Concours de musique de la Capitale in 2013, after only a year and a half of training in lyrical singing. In 2015, the young singer was a finalist at the CANIMEX Canadian Music Competition in Vancouver, and recipient of a second prize at the ‘Relève musicale de Québec’ competition.

Among the roles he interpreted in his early formative years were «L’abbé Bridaine» in Mousquetaires au Couvent by Louis Varney, «Le Vice-roi» in La Périchole by Jacques Offenbach and «Florestan de Valincourt» in the comic opera Véronique by André Messager. Jonathan was also noticed for his accurate interpretation of the priest «Frollo» in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris presented at the Albert-Rousseau hall in 2015.

In 2016, after a fruitful transition from baritone to tenor, Jonathan brilliantly interpreted «Eisenstein» in La chauve-souris by Johann Strauss II, presented in March 2017 by Laval University’s Opera Workshop. He was also heard at the Palais Montcalm as a soloist in Saint-Saëns’s «Messe à 4 voix, op. 4».

In 2017, Jonathan made his debut as a soloist at the Opéra de Québec in the role of André Nault (in the Louis Riel opera produced as part of the Canada 150 celebration) and as Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also gave a brilliant performance with his interpretation of King Ouf in the comic opera L’Étoile by Chabrier (an event held for the 125th anniversary of the Château Frontenac).

With an undeniable vocal and scenic presence […] up to par for this more-than-colorful character. (Source: Le Fil)

Most recently, the young tenor played the Philistine messenger in Samson et Dalila at the Rimouski Opera and sang as a soloist in both Bach’s Magnificat and first “Christmas Cantata”.

This season, Jonathan will be singing “The First Priest” and “The First Armoured Man” in Die Zauberflöte and the title role in La liberazione di Ruggiero at Opera McGill.

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