Jon-Paul made his Pacific Opera Victoria mainstage debut in 2006 as Marullo in Rigoletto. He is also an alumnus of POV's Young Artist program, having performed Belcore and Dulcamara in POV's 2006 Opera in Schools tour of The Elixir of Love.
Jon-Paul Décosse, “a powerful, full-throated bass-baritone” (Opera Canada), has been heralded for both his vocal and dramatic presentations in a variety of operatic and concert repertoire. Born in Ontario, he is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio.
During his final season as an Ensemble member, Mr. Décosse performed the roles of Sciarrone in Tosca, Don Juan in Janàček's From the House of the Dead, and Pasquariello in Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni, in addition to understudying the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Le nozze di Figaro. Recent seasons have included Schaunard in La Bohème for the Canadian Opera Company, Buonafede in Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna for Opera in Concert, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera New Brunswick, Don Alfonso in the COC's Ensemble production of Così fan tutte, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for the Thunder Bay Symphony, Messiah with the Guelph Chamber Choir, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and Colline in La Bohème for both Opera Hamilton and Edmonton Opera. He returned to the COC in the fall of 2011 for their school tour and sang Schaunard in La Bohème for Calgary Opera.
Busy across Canada, Mr. Décosse has appeared as Marullo in Rigoletto for both Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London Canada; Thierry and the First Officer in Vancouver Opera's production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, and Charles in Allan Bell's Turtle Wakes for Calgary Opera.
Upcoming engagements include the role of Zaretski in Eugene Onegin with Edmonton Opera.
As a graduate of the University of Toronto Opera Division, he performed the roles of Mr. Peachum in Benjamin Britten's setting of The Beggar's Opera, Melisso in Handel's Alcina, Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Superintendent Budd in Britten's Albert Herring, and the title character of Donizetti's Don Pasquale.
Also no stranger to the concert stage, he has appeared as a guest artist in such works as Haydn's Die Schöpfung (The London Singers), Handel's Messiah (Haliburton Messiah Choir), Duruflé's Requiem (University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra), and a variety of Bach Cantatas (London Choral Guild, International Bach Festival).