“Lauretta and Jonathan Gagné as Rinuccio were absolutely stellar. With clear, brilliant voices, […] their duets were a highlight of the show. […] Gagné as Rinuccio was subtle, and the contrast between the pair and the ridiculous, greedy family made them stand out well.”
– Opera Canada
Jonathan Gagné is a young lyric tenor who just completed a master’s degree studying with John Mac Master at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. He was a finalist at the Canadian Music Competition and recipient of a second prize at the “Relève musicale de Québec” competition.
At the Opéra de Québec, he sang the roles of “André Nault” (Louis Riel) and “Borsa” (Rigoletto). With other houses, he has been “The Philistine messenger” (Samson et Dalila) at the Opéra de Rimouski, as well as the “First priest” / “First armoured man” (Die Zauberflöte), and “Ruggiero” (La liberazione di Ruggiero) at Opera McGill. As for sacred music, the young tenor sang as a soloist in both Bach’s Magnificat and first Christmas Cantata under the baton of maestro Dany Wiseman. Recently, he performed the role of “Abdallo” in Nabucco at the Opéra de Québec and sang as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Anima Musica in Montreal. He also was one of the soloists of the “Brigade lyrique” during the 2019 Festival d’opéra de Québec.
This season, Jonathan made his debut as “Rinuccio” in a critically acclaimed Gianni Schicchi by Puccini with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver as well as sung a “Lippo Fiorentino” loved by the audience in Opera McGill’s production of Street Scene by Kurt Weil.
The young tenor’s upcoming engagements include: guest soloist in concert “Les carnavals du monde” at the Capitole de Québec, soloist in Von Suppé’s Requiem with the OSL and the Choeur de Laval as well as the creation of “Le prince des lys”‘s role in the new opera Peau d’âne by the composer Jean-François Mailloux.