G.Bizet The Pearl Fishers Pt2 A1 René Bianco, Léopold Simoneau "Emeure parmi nous..C'est toi..Au
fond du temple saint"
Georges Bizet Les pêcheurs de perles Act One
Introduction "Récit et reprise"
Choeur dansé "Demeure parmi nous, Nadir"
Récit "C'est toi, toi qu'enfin fe revois!"
Duo: "Au fond du temple saint"
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Role : Zurga, the king of the fishermen
Voice Part : baritone
Fach : dramatic baritone|lyric baritone
Range : B3 to F#/Gb4.
Tessitura : D3 to E4
Role : Nadir, a fisherman
Voice Part : tenor
Fach : lyric tenor
Range : F3 to B5.
Tessitura : A4 to G4
Georges Bizet Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) 1953
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux/Jean Fournet 1953
Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Born: May 3, 1916 - St.Plavien, near Quebéc, Canada
Died: August 14, 2006 - Victoria, BC, Canada
The eminent Canadian tenor, pefagogue, and administrator, Léopold Simoneau, studied at Levis College and Laval University before continuing voice studies in Montréal with Salvator Issaurel. There he met Pierrette Alarie. They sang together in a number of local productions before he appeared in his first Mozartian role as Don Curzio in the Montreal Festivals 1943 production of The Marriage of Figaro, Sir Thomas Beecham conducting. A year later he won the Prix Archambault; this led to studies in New York in 1945, the same year Pierrette Alarie made her debut at New Yorks famed Metropolitan Opera, having won that companys Auditions of the Air competition in 1944. She and Leopold were married in 1946.
In 1949, Léopold Simoneau made his Paris debut with the Opéra Comique and established his reputation as a Mozart specialist in 1951 at the Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne festivals. In 1952, he appeared in a historic production of Igor Stravinskys Oedipus Rex with the composer as conductor and Jean Cocteau as narrator, and in 1953, sang Don Giovanni at Milans La Scala. Of this same role sung during the bicentennial of Mozarts birth at Salzburg, McLean wrote in The Montreal Star, Simoneau was a hero in this Don Giovanni simply because he gave the best performance of the lot. I dont think there is anyone alive who can sing Don Ottavio better than he.
Throughout the 1950s, Léopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie made numerous concert tours, many of them with the Bel Canto Trio that included the baritone Theodor Uppman. They also performed in operas, gave numerous concerts in Canada and the USA, and made a number of records together. One of these won the first Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée, awarded in 1959, and the Académie Charles-Cros in Paris selected their recording of concert arias and duos of Mozart for the 1961 Grand Prix du disque.
In 1962, Léopold Simoneau appeared in a recital with Glenn Gould and the following year once more sang the role of Don Ottavio in his only season at New Yorks Metropolitan Opera (debut October 1963). Theodore Strongin of the New York Times declared that he sang with intelligence as well as beauty of sound. Two years later, with his 185th appearance as Don Ottavio, he retired from performing operatic roles on stage but continued to do concert and oratorio performances until 1970 when he made his last public appearance in Georg Frideric Handels Messiah with lOrchestre symphonique de Montréal.