Canadian baritone Jean-François Lapointe has been particularly popular for his French repertoire, which he sang in the most important international opera houses.
Jean-François Lapointe started studying piano and violin at the age of seven. His father was a tenor, and he transmitted him his passion for lyrical art; at the age of 16 Jean-François Lapointe devoted himself to singing, and he later obtained a Master's Degree in Interpretation at Université Laval in Quebec City, under the direction of Louise André. He pursued advanced studies in the United States with Martial Singher.
He made his stage debut in 1983; he performed all around the world: he travels to Paris, Vienna and Zurich, he stops in Madrid, Berlin and Hamburg, went to the United States and even Japan.
His preferred repertoire was clearly the French opera, and especially the role of Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (staged by Peter Brook, at the Scala theatre in Milan conducted by Georges Prêtre, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam under the direction of Bernard Haitink). Among his other important roles there were Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; Harlekin in Ariadne on Naxos and Candide in the operetta of the same name by Leonard Bernstein, among others.
Thanks to his theatrical skills and his ease on stage, he achieved great success in the operetta repertoire, of which he was a keen advocate: Danilo (The Merry Widow), Brissac in Les Mousquetaires au couvent (The Musketeers at the Convent) and the Viceroy of Peru in La Périchole were only a few examples.
Lapointe recorded 11 albums, five of which were dedicated to French melody (Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Henri Duparc).
Five landmark dates in the life of Jean-François Lapointe
2001 title role in the re-creation of Mârouf, savetier du Caire (Marouf, Cobbler of Cairo) by Henri Rabaud at the Opéra de Marseille
2004 he was noticed in the role of Fieramosca in Benvenuto Cellini, by Berlioz, presented in concert in Paris
2006 French creation of Candide by Bernstein (title role)
2007 he played as Albert in Massenet’s Werther, at the The Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels
2008 he was awarded the Prix Opus "Concert of the year" in Montreal for his recital about Paul Verlaine