Étienne Dupuis

Étienne Dupuis, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Young Simon Doucet in Les Feluettes

April, 2017


Étienne Dupuis made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Escamillo in POV's February 2012 production of Carmen. He returns as young Simon in Les Feluettes, the role he created for the 2016 world première of the opera. Les Feluettes is co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Opéra de Montréal, with libretto by Michel Marc Bouchard and music by Kevin March.

Born in Montreal, Etienne completed his vocal studies at McGill University and as a member of l'Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal.

Etienne has appeared at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Posa in Don Carlo, Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Germont (La traviata), Marcello (La bohème), Silvio (Pagliacci), and in the title role in Eugene Onegin. He has also performed Figaro and Joe de Rocher (Dead Man Walking) at Opéra de Montréal; Zurga with Opéra National du Rhin, Opernhaus Zurich and Opéra de Nantes; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Calgary Opera; Metternich in L’Aiglon with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; and L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Engagements this season and beyond include Renato in Un ballo in Maschera, Germont, and Posa at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Oreste in Iphigénie en Tauride at l'Opéra de Paris; the world première of The Wall for Opéra de Montréal; and a concert performance of Thaïs for Opera Australia. He will also make his debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Metropolitan Opera.


 

The up-and-coming Dupuis commanded in his role, whether in the bruising fits of anger in his solos or the effusive dignity of his love duets with Richer. The acting between the two leading men was uncommonly believable for opera.
Kiersten van Vlie, La Scena Musicale, review of the world première of Les Feluettes at Opéra de Montréal, 2016

Le baryton Étienne Dupuis endosse le rôle principal du jeune Simon avec un aplomb et une sensibilité extraordinaires: vedette incontestable du spectacle, il joint à la somptuosité de sa voix un jeu à la fois sobre et juste. On croit parfaitement à son amour, à sa colère envers son père qui l'a battu, à son manque d'intérêt pour Lydie-Anne de Rozier et à son trouble profond lors de l'interruption de ses fiançailles par l'apparition de Vallier costumé en César.
Baritone Étienne Dupuis handles the lead role of young Simon with extraordinary aplomb and sensitivity: an indisputable star of the show, he combines the sumptuousness of his voice with acting that is at once understated and apt. One believes fully in his love, his anger toward his father who beat him, his lack of interest in Lydie-Anne de Rozier, and his profound turmoil during the interruption of his engagement party by the appearance of Vallier costumed as Caesar.
Louis Bilodeau, L'Avant-Scène Opéra, review of the world première of Les Feluettes at Opéra de Montréal, 2016

Étienne Dupuis verfügt über eine jener Stimmen ... Sein natürliches Spiel, seine stolze Haltung, das gute Aussehen und der dramatische Aplomb über welchen seine Stimme verfügt, machen ihn zu einem idealen Interpreten dieser wunderbaren Rolle ... Grandios, edel, intensiv – ein Mann von Adel in Stimme und Haltung.
Étienne Dupuis has a voice that enchants ... His natural performance, his proud stance, handsome looks and the dramatic expression his voice conveys, makes him the ideal performer for this beautiful role ... Magnificent, sublime, intense – a man of nobility in voice as well as demeanour.
Kaspar Sannemann, Oper Aktuell, review of Don Carlo, Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2015

March, 2017