Normand makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut and his role debut as Father Saint-Michel and will reprise the role with Edmonton Opera in October, 2017.
Born in New Brunswick, Normand pursued his musical education at the University of Moncton. From 1992 to 1995, he was a member of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, where he was awarded the Louis Quilico Prize.
On the Opéra de Montréal stage, he has sung the roles of Alidoro (La Cenerentola), the Marquis (Dialogues des carmélites), Morales (Carmen), Fléville (Andrea Chénier), Johann (Werther), Sid (La Fanciulla del West), and Amantio di Nicolao (Gianni Schicchi), among others. On the same stage, he also performed Hiver dans l'âme, a song cycle for baritone and orchestra by québécois composer André Prévost. In 2009, he sang Alessio in a concert version of La Sonnambula with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Kent Nagano. He has also toured with Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, appearing as Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La traviata), and Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia).
Mr. Richard has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, and Symphony New Brunswick. He has participated in numerous recordings on Radio-Canada and CBC and is a featured soloist on several CD recordings.
Mr. Richard is especially active in oratorio and early music, appearing regularly with ensembles such as the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Idées heureuses and Les Violons du Roy, and at the Festival International de musique baroque de Lamèque. He has sung in France on numerous occasions with Le Concert Spirituel de Paris and its director Hervé Niquet. He has also appeared as soloist with les Idées heureuses during a tour of baroque festivals in France and Holland.