|Year of Birth:||1932|
|Year of Death:||2004|
Pierre Duval (17 September 1932 – 31 May 2004) was a French-Canadian operatic tenor who had an active international career during the 1960s and 1970s. Possessing a warm lyrical voice with a considerable amount of flexibility and stamina, Duval sang mostly roles from the standard French and Italian repertories. He particularly excelled in bel canto works, notably singing opposite such lauded bel canto interpreters as Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, and Montserrat Caballé during his career.
Pierre Duval (stage name) was born Ovide Coutu, in Montreal, Quebec, where he took voice lessons with Frank Rowe. He then studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal with Dina Maria Narici. While there he began performing on Canadian radio and television. In 1960 he made his professional opera debut at the Opéra de Montréal in the title role of Charles Gounod's Faust.
In 1961 Duval left for Italy to study on a scholarship at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Alberto Volonnino. The following year he made his European debut as the Fisherman in Igor Stravinsky's Le Rossignol at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to great acclaim. He performed regularly in leading roles at the Rome Opera house for the next several years. In 1962 he made a number of appearances in opera houses in Spain and in 1963 he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as the Italian singer in Richard Strauss's Capriccio.