Hugo Laporte

Baritone

" One of the most promising lyric artists of his generation "

Biography

Acclaimed for his elegant singing, his velvety timbre and his outstanding stage presence, young french-Canadian baritone Hugo Laporte regularly performs around Canada, Europe and Asia. He received awards in several competitions, including the "Teatro alla Scala" prize at Belvedere competition in Austria, Grand prize of OSM Competition, 1st prize at Canadian Music Competition, 3rd prize at Prix d’Europe and 3rd prize - mélodie - at Marmande competition. He received several grants and engagements by the International opera program "Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques", including the " Young canadian opera hope” award. Laporte will make his debut at Teatro alla Scala in 2023 in a role soon to be announced.

Malgré de nombreux projets annulés en raison de la pandémie, le baryton reste très actif sur la scène lyrique avec notamment: le rôle de Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) et Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) à l’Opéra de Québec, la « Grande Messe » en ut mineur de Mozart sous la direction de Yannick Nézet-Séguin, le rôle de Escamillo (Carmen) avec l’Orchestre classique de Montréal et la Petite messe solennelle de Rossini au Festival Classica. Il a aussi participé à l’enregistrement de l’intégrale des mélodies de Jules Massenet sur l’étiquette ATMA Classique, aux côtés de nombreux artistes lyriques de renom.

Among Laporte’s recent roles were Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Belcore (L'elisir d'amore) at Opéra de Québec, Phantom (Phantom of the Opera – in French) at Montreal’s Théâtre St-Denis and Grand Théâtre de Québec, and the Prosecutor (Another Brick in the Wall) at Toronto’s Meridian Hall. He will soon return to Opéra de Québec, Opéra de Montréal and other Canadian theatres in several main roles soon to be announced.

In 2018/19, he sang on Opéra de Québec’s stage where he offered an unequivocal “top-class” Albert (Werther). Also in 2018, he portrayed a “majestic” Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera – in French) in Montreal, and made two house debuts with his highly-praised Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) at Opéra de Montréal and Schaunard (La Bohème) with Opera de Massy, France.

In past seasons, he portrayed several roles, notably Figaro (Barber of Seville) and Escamillo (Carmen) at Société d'Art Lyrique de Royaume, Morales/Dancairo (Carmen) at Theater Regensburg and OSM and Riff (West Side Story – concert). He performed in the past with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, Moscow’s Helikon-Opera, Minsk National Opera Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, National Arts Center Orchestra and Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra; in venues such as Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Shanghai Daning Theater, Qingdao Grand Theater, Baotou Grand Theater; and festivals such as Festival de Lanaudière, OSM Classical spree, Montreal Bach Festival, Festival d’Opéra de Québec, and Festival Orford.

In addition to opera, he frequently performs in sacred works such as Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, J.S. Bach's St Matthew’s Passion, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile, and G. Finzi’s In Terra Pax.

M. Laporte débute ses études en chant avec Danielle Demers, puis obtient une maîtrise en musique avec mention au tableau d’honneur, sous la tutelle de la soprano Patricia Fournier, à l’Université Laval. Il s’est également perfectionné auprès d’enseignants réputés dont Ghinka Radilova, Antonio Carangelo et Benita Valente. M. Laporte est boursier du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. Il tient à remercier la Relève musicale de Québec pour leur soutien durant ses études, et les Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques pour leur important soutien au développement de sa carrière à l’international.

Reviews

" Hugo Laporte's Belcore soars to the top: sumptuous voice, elegance of phrasing, supreme musical intelligence. He also manages to eloquently translate the sergeant's amusing fatuity " [Translation]

Avant Scène Opéra, Louis Bilodeau
Belcore (L’elisir d’amore, Opéra de Québec, october 2021)

" Hugo Laporte, always vocally impeccable, showed great comic flair in the role of Belcore " [Translation]

Opera Canada, Irène Brisson
Belcore (L’elisir d’amore, Opéra de Québec, october 2021)

" Shines Hugo Laporte's blazing Mercutio, whose Ballad of Queen Mab is a model of elegance. To perfect diction, he joins the elegance of the style, and pure beauty of sound, qualities that we also hear in his duel with Tybalt, and his death. " [Translation]

Avant Scène Opéra, Louis Bilodeau
Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette, Opéra de Montréal, may 2018)

" Immediately, the prodigious baritone Hugo Laporte fills the entire stage with his charisma: powerful voice, convincing acting, instantaneous connection with the audience " [Translation]

L’Opéra: Revue québécoise d’art lyrique, Bernard Côté
Concert at FestivalOpéra de St-Eustache

" Tremendous cast [...] Hugo Laporte is exceptional as Phantom. His powerful and solid voice, as well as his convincing acting portrays a mysterious, scary but tender maestro. " [Translation]

Musical Avenue, Nathalie Katinakis
Phantom (Phantom of the Opera, Orchestre de la francophonie, july 2018

" Laporte shows a nice homogeneity thoughout his register, high notes keeping their full baritonal color. Quality of french vowels is also one of his strengths " [Translation]

Ludwig van Montréal, Samuel Croteau
Albert (Werther, Opéra de Québec, october 2018) 

" A worthy contribution from Quebec [...] Impeccable also, choosing Hugo Laporte for these songs, since the baritone distinguishes himself by his warm tone, noble singing (Noël Nouvelet), never stilted, and above all, an excellent pronunciation"

Le Devoir, Christophe Huss
Euroradio Christmas concert (december 2018) 

" Hugo Laporte is a top-class Albert, with an elegant, rich and perfectly homogeneous baritone voice " [Translation]

Avant Scène Opéra, Louis Bilodeau
Albert (Werther, Opéra de Québec, october 2018) 

" Brilliant performance by baritone Hugo Laporte. He offers a nuanced portrayal of Charlotte's husband, with a warm and rich voice " [Translation]

Bachtrack, Emmanuel Bernier
Albert (Werther, Opéra de Québec, october 2018) 

Next performances

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Concert-talk "Yourcenar - Une île de passions"

September 28 2022 19:30
Bourgie Hall (Montreal, QC)
www.mbam.qc.ca

Opéra de Québec – Concert « La Brigade lyrique – osez l’ivresse »

October 1 2022 11:00
Grand Théâtre de Québec, salon Telus (Québec, QC)
www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca

Opéra de Québec – Don Pasquale (Donizetti) | Dottor Malatesta

October 22 | 25 | 27 2022 19:30 || October 29 2022 14:00
Grand Théâtre de Québec (Québec, QC)
www.grandtheatre.qc.ca

Clavecin en concert

December 16 2022 - 19:30
Saint Joseph's Oratory's Crypt (Montréal, QC)
www.clavecinenconcert.com

Teatro alla Scala – Les contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) | Schlemil / Hermann

March 15 | 18 | 21 | 24 | 28 | 31 2023
www.teatroallascala.org

Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières – La Bohème (Puccini) | Marcello

April 15 2023 - 20:00
J.-Antonio-Thompson Hall 
www.ostr.ca

Opéra de Montréal – Madama Butterfly (Puccini) | Sharpless

May 6 | 9 | 11 2023 – 19:30
May 14 2023 14:00
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
www.operademontreal.com

Les Rhapsodes – Dvorak: Messe en ré majeur,  Te Deum

May 27 2023 – 19:30
Palais Montcalm, Québec
www.lesrhapsodes.com

Orchestre Classique de Montréal – Orff: Carmina Burana

20 juin 2023 – 20:00
Maison Symphonique, Montréal
www.orchestre.ca

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