Role(s) in this year's festival:
Speaker & Sarastro Understudy - The Arctic Flute
Orgon - Tartuffe
o Education: Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance, University of Sherbrooke; Certificates in German and Italian Language and Culture, University of Montreal; MMus in String Performance, Boston University
o Experience/Roles: Masetto and Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Accademia Europea dell’Opera), Ben in The Telephone (University of Sherbrooke)
o Awards: Student Engagement Prize, University of Montreal Theatre
o Dream Role: Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte
o Upcoming Engagement: Theseus and Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Halifax Summer Opera Festival)
Gabriel Shapiro holds a master’s degree in cello performance from Boston University and has studied voice for the past ten years. He has sung in several productions with Opéra immédiat in Montréal and recently sang in the premier of Maisonneuve & Mance, a historic opera commissioned to mark the 375th anniversary of the founding of the city of Montreal. In addition to musical performances, he took part in four student productions of the University of Montreal Theatre, where he was awarded the student engagement prize for his portrayal of Dr. Chemla in Yasmina Reza’s Heureux les heureux.
Gabriel studied voice with Colette Boky and Marie-Annick Béliveau at the University of Quebec in Montreal before completing a graduate diploma at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, where he sang the role of Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone. In the summer of 2017 he sang the roles of Masetto and the Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa, where he studies with Sandra Graham. In addition to musical studies, Gabriel holds certificates in German and Italian language and culture and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Montreal.