Gaétan Laperrière is described as "...a revelation...a great baritone voice and an actor of perfect naturalness" by La Presse of Montréal and journalists worldwide. Established as one of Canada's greatest classical artists and a regular favorite at the Canadian Opera Company, the breadth of his lyric baritone repertoire reaches into the heroic Italian roles so suited to his instrument. He recently added the title role of Rigoletto and Scarpia in Tosca with acclaimed performances around the world. The Boston Globe hailed him as an "... idealistic Rodrigo, the Canadian baritone Gaétan Laperrière was outstanding for nobility of tone, line and characterization." Additionally, in the U.S. he performs leading roles with the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, Baltimore Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Boston Lyric Opera.
Mr. Laperrière is equally popular in France. He appeared at the at the Opéra de Paris Bastille in Les Dialogues des Carmélites and as Renato in Un ballo in maschera, a role he also performed at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. At Opéra-Théâtre de Metz in addition to the roles mentioned previously, has also performed Germont in La traviata and Escamillo in Carmen (his Opéra de Nice debut role as well). His Opéra de Marseille debut was in the role of Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea and in Tours he performed Karnac in Le Roi D'Ys at the Grand Théâtre de Tours. Additionally in Europe, the baritone performed Krusina in The Bartered Bride at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Marcello in a new Pierre Audi production of La bohème at the Netherlands Opera. At the Spoleto Festival (Italy), Mr. Laperrière performed Le Directeur in Les Mamelles de Tirésias. He made his debut at Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande, a role he performed for the first time at Opéra-Théâtre de Metz. He returned to Italy for Billy Budd at Teatro La Fenice.
Engagements for the 2006-2007 Season and beyond include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Amonasro in Aida with Opera Carolina, Henri in Lucie de Lammermoor with Cincinnati Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Ontario and Calgary Opera, Athanael in Thais with Palm Beach Opera, Fauvre's Requiem with the National Arts Center, Germont in La Traviata with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Lebret in the World Premiere of Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Opera Lyra Ottawa/National Arts Center Opera Gala.
Recent engagements include the title role in Falstaff and Capulet in Romeo et Juliette with Opera Lyra Ottawa, Emilio in Filumena with Edmonton Opera and in Banff, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Anchorage Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Opera Carolina, a return to Boston Lyric Opera as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Quebec as well as their Opera Gala, the title role in Rigoletto with Manitoba Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Michigan Opera Theatre, Emilio in Filumena with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and a gala concert with the Lyric International Festival of Vina del Mar in Chile.
With many noted performances in the United States, the baritone has appeared in leading roles with Florida Grand Opera as Germont in La traviata, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Hamlet, San Francisco Opera as both Germont and as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Washington Opera as Sharpless, Marcello in La bohème, and Athanael in Thaïs, Minnesota Opera as Germont in the Jonathan Miller production of La traviata, Houston Grand Opera as Sharpless and Marcello, Dallas Opera as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Baltimore Opera as Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, New Orleans and Santa Fe Opera and Boston Lyric Opera as Albert in Werther, New Orleans and Santa Fe Opera as Marcello in La bohème, and his Arizona Opera debut as Zurga in the Brian Deedrick production of Les Pêcheurs de Perles in performances conducted by Cal Stewart Kellogg
He made his New York debut in Nicholas Muni's controversial staging of La traviata at the New York City Opera. The baritone made his Carnegie Hall debut as Valdeburgo in a concert performance of Bellini's La straniera with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Madama Butterfly (2006–2007)