Alexandre Sylvestre

Alexandre Sylvestre, Bass Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Angelotti in Tosca

April / May, 2013

Alexandre Sylvestre made his POV mainstage debut in the roles of the Second Priest and Armed Guard in The Magic Flute in April 2009 as a participant in Pacific Opera Victoria's Spring 2009 Resident Artist Program. He returned in February 2011 for the role of Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème, and will be Angelotti in POV's 2013 production of Tosca.

His 2012/13 season includes the Lanaudière Fesitval in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy followed by Dr. Grenville in La traviata for Opéra de Montréal, Die Schöpfung for Symphony Nova Scotia, L’enfance du Christ for Nagano and l'Orchestra symphonique de Montréal and a return to Opéra de Montréal for the role of Frank in La chauve souris. Also on his schedule are Angelotti in Tosca for POV, de Bretigny in Manon for Opéra de Montréal and Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher under Kent Nagano with the Montreal Symphony.

His 2011-2012 season included Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Hamilton, Bartolo in in Le nozze di Figaro for Opéra de Montréal, Colline in La Bohème for Calgary Opera and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle for the Taiwan National Choir in Taipei.

In the 2010-2011 season, he appeared for L’Opéra de Montréal as Monterone in Rigoletto and Colline in La Bohème, and as Schaunard in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of the Puccini masterpiece. Also on his schedule were performances as Sacristan in Tosca for Edmonton Opera and Donner in concert performances of Das Rheingold with Nagano and l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. During the 2009-2010 season, he appeared with Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montréal at the Lanaudière, and was Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Sacristan in Tosca and Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, all for l’Opéra de Montréal.

Other highlights include Jack Wallace in La fanciulla del West, Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles, the Duke of Verona in Roméo et Juliette and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly for Opéra de Montréal, featured roles in Die Zauberflöte both for Pacific Opera Victoria and in London, Ontario and appearances with Les Violons du Roy in Charpentier’s Messe de minuit and Haydn’s Stabat Mater. He also took part in the premiere of a work based on the writings of Jacques Cartier for Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary. Mr. Sylvestre sang the roles of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with the Opera Centre in Sulmona, Italy and Pausania (Une education manquée) with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute.

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

March, 2013