Dominique Côté

Dominique Côté, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Moralès in Carmen

February, 2012

Dominique Côté is participating in Pacific Opera Victoria's 2012 Resident Artist Program and will be making his POV mainstage debut as Moralès in Carmen.

Quebec baritone Dominique Côté has begun a flourishing career in North America and in France.  Praised for his warm tone, stage presence and skill as an actor, he has won several first prizes including the first prize for operetta at the Concours International de chant de Marmande in France in 2009. He also received the first prize and the grand prize from the Voice Festival of McGill University.

Trained as an actor at L'école de théātre de St-Hyacinthe and then as a singer with Lucette Tremblay in Montreal, he completed his training at l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal in 2010 where he worked under the direction of Gerald Martin-Moore.  He sang the title role of the romantic opera Nelligan by André Gagnon and Michel Tremblay to tremendous critical success. This coming August he will sing at the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute and work with Joan Dorneman.

Eager to expand the scope of his musical experience he recently debuted at L'Opéra de Marseille in Offenbach's La belle Hélène under the direction of Nader Abassi and gave a recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris.  He has traveled the country with Jeunesses Musicales singing Danilo in Léhar's La veuve joyeuse and as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  For l'Opéra-Théātre de Rimouski he sang Ménélas in La belle Hélène and le Conte Gustave de Pottenstein in Le pays du sourire and for la Soci'd'Art Lyrique du Royaume he sang the role of Bobinet in La vie parisienne.

Mr. Côté is regularly invited to sing with orchestras and has been heard with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Ottawa, Longueuil, Sherbrooke, Québec, Lanaudière and Paris under the directions of such conductors as Jacques Lacombe, Stéphane Laforest, Marc David and Simon Leclerc in works ranging from Carmina Burana to Les Misérables.

Appreciated for his comedic talent, Mr. Côté has been seen as the character Renaud on the Radio-Canada show Virginie, Eric Gaudry on Jean-Duceppe for Télé-Québec and as Étienne Bernard on Emma on the TVA network.  Children will also recognize his voice from the many cartoon characters he has played including the Lion in Le Lion d'Oz.

Recent and upcoming engagements include a recital for La Société Musicale Alain Marinaro in southern France, Bach's St. John Passion and Mozart's Requiem in D minor for I Musici de Montréal and le Grand Choeur de Montréal.

January, 2012