photo by Lino Alvarez

Dominique Labelle
Soprano
New England First Place Winner 1989
National Council Winner 1989

Dominique Labelle starts her busy summer singing Bach and Marais cantatas with Aston Magna at Brandeis University in Waltham, Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington. The soprano spends July at the Carmel Bach Festival, appearing in nine concerts whose eclectic repertoire includes Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and the Fauré “Requiem,” and then returns to Maine for music of Schubert and Beethoven at the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music. September brings two special European concerts: arias of Franz (František) Benda and Jan Dismas Zelenka with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” in Perugia, Italy at the Festivale Sagra Musicale. Back stateside, Dominique appears with the Columbus (OH) Symphony in Mahler’s Second Symphony, joins the Sarasa Ensemble for the Boccherini “Stabat Mater” in the Boston Early Music Festival Series in Cambridge, at Union College in Schenectady, NY, and at the Morgan Library in New York City. Later she offers Britten’s “Les Illuminations” with L’Orchestre I Musici de Montréal, and the “Christmas Oratorio” with the St. Louis Symphony and “Messiah” with the Houston Symphony.

 

Born in Montreal and trained at McGill and Boston Universities, Dominique was the recipient of a George London Foundation Award and Boston University's Distinguished Alumni Award. She first came to international prominence as Donna Anna in Peter Sellars’ 1991 production of Don Giovanni, set in Spanish Harlem, which she performed in New York, Paris, and Vienna, and then appeared as Gilda, Micaela, Lucia and Violetta for Boston Lyric Opera. Her repertoire in operas, concerts and recitals here and abroad ranges from the 17th to the 21st centuries: highlights of last season include the Beethoven Ninth with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Mozart “Requiem” with the St. Louis Symphony, music of Pulitzer-prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner at the Brooklyn Art Song Society, Minnesota concerts with the Aulos Ensemble, "Messiah" with the Netherlands Bach Society, French Baroque cantatas with Early Music Vancouver, the “St. Matthew Passion" with Orchestra of St Luke’s in Carnegie Hall, concerts with the Four Nations ensemble in Texas, and a return to the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicholas Medea in Handel’s Teseo.

 

Dominique's many recordings, with repertoire from the 17th to the 21st  centuries, appear on Virgin Veritas, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, RCA Victor Red Seal, Koss, Denon, New World, and Musica Omnia labels. Always committed to the next generation of singers, she has taught master classes at Harvard University, McGill University, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, with more on her agenda. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

 

Ms. Labelle is represented by Schwalbe and Partners.
Visit Ms. Labelle's website at www.dominiquelabelle.com.

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