Dion Mazerolle

Dion Mazerolle, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
The Mayor in Jenůfa

October, 2017


Acadian baritone Dion Mazerolle debuted with Pacific Opera Victoria in the role of Ferdinand in POV's 2004 production of Lee Hoiby's The Tempest. He returns in 2017 as the Mayor in Janáček's Jenůfa

A native of New Brunswick, Dion has earned praise for a wide range of operatic roles. Since his 2013 debut as Lord Cecil in Brittenís Gloriana with Torontoís Voicebox: Opera in Concert, critics have enjoyed his voice – an iron fist in a velvet glove and described his mesmerizing portrayal of the Father in Louise as vocally resonant and assertive, dramatically commanding.

Dion's 2017/18 opera season includes a return to Edmonton Opera as villainous Dick Deadeye in Director Rob Herriotís 1920ís inspired production of HMS Pinafore, followed by Dancaïre in Carmen with Opéra de Québec.

Concert highlights include his debut with Lydia Adams and Elmer Iseler Singers as a soloist in Bachís Christmas Oratorio; the St. John Passion with Mark Vuorinenís Grand Philharmonic Choir; St. Matthew Passion with Montrealís Musica Orbium; and Beethovenís Ninth Symphony with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent highlights include his debut with the Canadian Opera Company as F.X. Lemieux in their acclaimed production of Harry Somersí Louis Riel, followed by performances at the National Arts Centre and with Opéra de Québec. Dion recently starred as Ramos in the world première of The Trials of Patricia Isasa with Montrealís acclaimed contemporary opera company Chants Libres; as The Mandarin in Edmonton Operaís Turandot; and in the title role of Salieri's Falstaff with Voicebox: Opera in Concert.

Concert performances for this dynamic singer include Bachís Easter Oratorio with Montrealís Ensemble Caprice, Messiah, conduced by Ivars Taurins at the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival, and Beethovenís Ninth Symphony with North Bay Symphony, as well as Montreal performances of Carmina Burana and Haydnís Creation.

Dion has shown his gift for comedy as Dulcamara in Líelisir díamore, touring Eastern Canada and displayed his darker side as the Four Villains in Les contes díHoffmann, in an extensive European tour as well as with Opéra-Théâtre de Rimouski.

But the grand prize among the soloists belonged without doubt to Acadian bass baritone Dion Mazerolle. Never have we heard such fine singing. Expansive with his smooth voice, assured, and at once both thunderous and nuanced.
Martin Roy, Acadie Nouvelle

Dion Mazerolleís Falstaff was truer to buffa, full of wonderful moments of comedy, and quite charming. His fat knight is a likeable rogue, the voice as well-rounded as the curves of his (padded) stomach. I think the opera is much more congenial when we can like the character even at his most villainous.
Leslie Barcza, Barczablog, Review of Salieri's Falstaff with Voicebox: Opera in Concert, 2016

Frédérique Vézina as Miranda, together with Dion Mazerolle as Ferdinand were disarmingly sweet as the young lovers ... Both had strong, supple voices that blended gorgeously. Robert Mitchell, CBC. Review of The Tempest with Pacific Opera Victoria, 2004



 

October, 2017