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Lucia di Lamermoor

General & Artistic Director

Before assuming the position of General and artistic director of the Opéra de Québec in 1996, Grégoire Legendre was its administrative director (1994). The baritone Grégoire Legendre holds a DES in music, awarded by the Conservatoire de Québec, as well as a master's degree in music and a bachelor's degree in administration (1981) from Université Laval. He has an impressive background, with more than 20 years as a singer plus the administration of over 40 productions of the Opéra de Québec.

As a singer on the international stage (Switzerland, France, Portugal, Spain, and USA) and throughout Canada, he has defended 35 roles in over 65 productions. He knows the ins and outs and the requirements of the production of an opera. In Québec, he has regularly collaborated with the Opéra de Montréal (Capulet, Romeo and Juliette; Schaunard, La Bohème; Le Marquis de la Force, Dialogues des Carmélites; Guglielmo, Cosi fan tutte; Doctor Falke, Die Fledermaus; The Baron, La Vie parisienne), the Opéra de Québec (Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro; Lescaut, Manon; Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor; Papageno, The Magic Flute; Belcore, L'Elisir d'amore), as well as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (Prince Yeletsky, The Queen of Spades), the Orchestre Métropolitain (The Count, The Marriage of Figaro), the Festival de Lanaudière (Mitioukh and Varlaam, Boris Godounov; Skoula, Prince Igor), the Concerts symphoniques de Sherbrooke (Escamillo, Carmen), and the Concerts populaires de la ville de Montréal (Don Gormas, Le Cid).

The Opéra de Québec is a nonprofit organization that presents world-class professional operas in Québec. As its general director, Grégoire Legendre oversees the co-ordination of over 200 artists during nearly six months every year. He must ensure that all artists and artisans of the scene enjoy a harmonious environment, oversee the development of new audiences, encourage the continuity of realizations, and participate in the evolution and the good reputation of the company.

Since July 2003, he has also assumed the artistic direction. He is responsible for the programming and all artistic decisions.

In November 2007, during the ceremonies in honour of excellence of Arts and Culture in the City of Québec, he was awarded the Prix de la Fondation de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec in recognition of the excellence of his contribution to the development of classical music in the greater Québec region.

During the 2009 edition of these same awards, the Opéra de Québec was awarded the Ville de Québec Prize for having succeeded in bringing the Plácido Domingo World Opera Festival to Québec in 2008. This prize was created to acknowledge the effort and underscore the excellent work of a professional cultural organization. 

Janvier 2010

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