Role(s) in this year's festival:
Demetrius: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Soloist: The Fairy Queen
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
I prepare consciously for the roles with energy. I listen to various recordings to forge my ear to the different music aesthetics, as well as referring to the written work. I am lucky to be surrounded by teachers who help me with pronunciation and musical preparation.
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
I was attracted mainly by the quality of the teaching that is provided there. All the colleagues who went through the program told me that it is extremely relevant to prepare us for a professional career. The faculty know the environment and how to make the best of ourselves to get started. So I sent my application this year, mainly to meet the teachers and specialists who will be there. The productions of Britten and Purcell interested me a lot. To work these roles is a beautiful challenge that will bring me a lot.
Baritone David Turcotte is appreciated for his elegant voice and stylistic rigor. Versatile, he is comfortable singing both opera and chamber music, He specializes in baroque music and romantic chamber music.
On stage he was seen as Franck (La chauve-souris by Strauss), le chat and l'arbre (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel), Presto (Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Poulenc), Masetto and Leporello (Don Giovanni by Mozart), Elzéar Goulet (Louis Riel by Harry Somers), Giulio Cesare (Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Händel), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart), Demtrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream by Britten) and Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte by Mozart).
He recently toured with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, as Calchas in Offenbach's La belle Hélène and we will be able to hear him in the summer of 2019 as Basilio in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra dans le Parc.
David hold a Masters degree from Université Laval, under bass-baritone Michel Ducharme, and is currently completing a Doctoral degree at Université de Montréal in the joint class of Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Sévigny.