Chad Louwerse

Chad Louwerse, Bass Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Alidoro in Cinderella

September - October, 2010

Chad Louwerse made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2005 as Harasta in Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen. He returned to Pacific Opera in February 2008 to sing the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and in October 2008 made his role debut as Palémon in Massenet's Thaïs. In November 2009 he sang Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. He returns in September 2010 to sing Alidoro in Rossini's La Cenerentola

Mr. Louwerse, who is from British Columbia, is poised to take his place among the most important bass-baritones of his generation. He recently debuted in Europe with l'Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, playing Bernadino in Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini.

His 2009-2010 season included, in addition to Trulove for Pacific Opera Victoria, Johannes Passion for the Calgary Philharmonic. In 2008-2009, he was in Vancouver for Captain Petrovich and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, a Nazarene in Salome and Monterone in Rigoletto. He was also heard as Hortensius in Edmonton Opera's La fille du régiment and as Palémon in Thaïs for Pacific Opera Victoria.

His engagements during the 2007-2008 season included Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with Montreal Opera. As a member of Montreal Opera's Atelier Lyrique, he was singled out by Claude Gingras of La Presse for his performance in the mainstage production of Chabrier's L'étoile: for pure comedy, first distinction goes to Chad Louwerse.

During the 2006-2007 season he performed with the Montreal Opera, starring as Buonafede in Haydn's Il mondo della luna, singing Talpa in Il Tabarro, and covering Leporello in Don Giovanni. For Vancouver Opera he was featured in both Macbeth and Werther.

In past seasons Mr. Louwerse appeared with Vancouver Opera as Happy in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West. He performed the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro and Balthazar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera NUOVA, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with the Opera Project and Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Masterworks Festival. He was also a member of the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble where he sang the roles of Bartolo in Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!, a touring version of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Alidoro in La Cenerentola by the same composer.

He is a winner of both the CBC Westcoast Performance Pacific Spotlight competition and the Début competition and has given recitals broadcast on CBC Radio Two. On CD, he can be heard in excerpts of Robert Turner's opera Vile Shadow and Sylvia Rickard's song-cycle Three Chinese Songs of Autumn for the Canadian Music Centre. He was named to the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in 2005 and received the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold award. An active oratorio singer and recitalist, Mr. Louwerse's concert repertoire includes the Bach Mass in B minor, the Brahms and Mozart Requiems and Mendelssohn's Elijah.

Chad Louwerse got the evening off to a superb start . . . His singing was rock solid and well projected, his character involvement complete.
Opera Canada (Review of Vancouver Opera's Werther, 2007)


August, 2010