The Acadian baritone Dion Mazerolle has garnered a reputation in Canada and Europe as a high level artist. A former member of the Atelier lyique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Dion has been acclaimed for his musical finesse and his strong stage presence in a number of roles in operas and concerts. Recent concerts for this baritone include Oratorio de Noel and Passion selon Saint-Mathieu by Bach, Requiem allemand by Brahms, Le messie by Händel, La création et les saisons by Haydn, Messa di Requiem by Verdi as well as the exhuburant Carmina Burana by Orff.
During the last musical season, we saw Mr. Mazerolle perform in Tosca de Puccini produced by Opera Lyra, Ottawa, as well as performing as a featured soloist with the Ensemble Aradia in the Dublin Messiah. Dion subsequently performed the role of Hérisson in L’étoile de Chabrier with the Société d’art lyrique du Royaume as well as the Father in Louise by Gustave Charpentier with Voicebox: Opera in Concert, to then perform Les vilains in Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Opéra de Rimouski. He was then invited as a soloist to perform Symphony #9 by Beethoven and the songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams with the North Bay Symphony, and La Messie by Handel with Ivars Taurins for the Festival international musique baroque de Lameque.
Since the beginning of this season, we have seen Dion perform in The Merry Widow by Lehár with the Edmonton Opera as well as the title role in Falstaff by Salieri with Voicebox: Opera in Concert. Given his participation with the Oper’Actuel — Works in Progress event in 2013, and his role in the production of Le rêve de Grégoire in 2014, The Trials of Patricia Isasa is his third collaboration with Chants Libres.
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