Alexandre Sylvestre

Alexandre Sylvestre, Bass Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Baron Douphol in La traviata

February 2019


Alexandre Sylvestre made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in the roles of the Second Priest and Armed Guard in The Magic Flutein 2009 as a participant in Pacific Opera's Resident Artist Program. He returned in 2011 as Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème and in 2013 as Angelotti in Tosca. In 2019 he sings the role of Baron Douphol in Verdi's La traviata

His 2018/19 engagements include Capulet in Roméo et Juliette for Calgary Opera, as well as Morales in Carmen for Opéra de Montréal and Handel’s Messiah in Thunder Bay.

Other recent credits include the roles of John Connally in JFK and Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, both for his home company in Montreal; his debut with the Seattle Symphony as l’Arbe and Fauteuil in L’enfant et les sortilèges; Silent Night for Michigan Opera Theatre; Colline in La bohème and Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Saskatoon Opera; Timur in Turandot for Calgary Opera; Don Fernand in Gaveaux' Leonore with Opera Lafayette; Mozart's Requiem for Orchestre symphonique de Québec.

An alumnus of l'Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Mr. Sylvestre made his official debut with Opéra de Montréal in 2005 in the roles of Zalzal and the Chief of Police in L’étoile by Chabrier and was later invited to appear in the Opéra de Montréal’s Gala in December 2006. His roles at the Conservatoire in Montréal included Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Paquiro in Les Goyescas and the title role in Gianni Schicchi. With the Conservatoire Orchestra he was heard in Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, and Handel’s Messiah.

He has been awarded bursaries from ARAM, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation, Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, was a winner at the Ottawa New Discoveries Auditions and received the Silver Medal in the vocal category of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition.


 

Warm voice, a voice which comes from the heart with a good tone…genuinely funny.
La Presse – Claude Gingras (translation)

Alexandre Sylvestre … nailed the role of the Sacristan, combining the kind of rich sound and comic timing we equate with a great house on a good day.
The Gazette - Arthur Kaptainis

January 2019