BIOGRAPHY

Young Québec tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier, is known for his beautiful sound and elegant singing in a wide variety of vocal styles. A former member of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, he has earned critical acclaim for the “poise and pathos” and his “expressive stateliness” (San Francisco Chronicle) of his interpretive skills

 

As a Winner of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s Competition in 2016, Jacques-Olivier debuted recently with this ensemble under conductor Ivars Taurins.

Highlights of his past seasons include Purcell's King Arthur and B minor Mass with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, Beethoven's C major Mass with Ottawa Choral Society as well as Bach's St Matthew Passion (arias) with Ottawa Thirteen Strings Orchestra, the B minor Mass with Bishop's Choir (St-Benoit du Lac), the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew Passion at Maison Symphonique de Montréal under Louis Lavigueur, Handel's Messiah under Jacques Lacombe and the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières and a special French Music program from the Napoleonic period under conductor Mathieu Lussier.

 

This season, Jacques is invited by the Orchestre symphonique de  Laval for Bach Cantatas under Alain Trudel as well as the Orchestre Sinfonia for Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass under Louis Lavigueur. He is also pleased to join I Musici Orchestra and Jean-Marie Zeitouni for some Antonio Vivadi's Psalms. He will also take part of the Lamèque Internationnal Baroque Festival, New Brunswick for Telemann's Motets. Jacques is also invited by the Ottawa Bach Choir under Dr. Lisette Canton. He will finish his season with a major Canadian and Belgium tour of a staged version of Schubert's Winterreise. This project include the captivating dancer José Navas and the precious collaboration of Francis Perron, pianist. 

 

As a ''Bach tenor'' Jacques sings both Passions and Cantatas under conductors such as Yannick Nézet Seguin (Evangelist), Jean-Marie Zeitouni (Evangelist), Louis Lavigueur (Evangelist), Monica Huggett (Arias), Patrick Wedd (Arias), Alain Trudel (Evangelist), Paul Halley (Arias) and Kevin Mallon (Arias) and Bernard Labadie.

 

Jacques-Olivier has been guest soloist for Festivals such as the Montreal Bach Festival, Montréal Baroque, Early Music Vancouver Festival,  Victoria Early Music Society, Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (with Matthew White and Les Voix Baroques) as well as New Brunswick’s Lamèque Baroque Festival.

 

Recent appearances on the operatic stage include Nelligan (Charles Gill) by André Gagnon with Opéra de Québec, Pluton in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers and Remendado in Carmen both with Société d’art Lyrique du Royaume. He also sang Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Orchestre de la Francophonie under Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Zémire et Azor (role of Ali) by André Grétry with l'Atelier de l'Opéra de Montréal, staged by Denys Arcand. He also sang the role of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under Jean-Francois Rivest.

 

Jacques began his musical training at nine years of age as a member of the childrens' choir ''Petits Chanteurs de la Maîtrise du Cap'' (Pueri Cantores du Québec). He received his Master from  the Université de Montréal in both Opera and Early Music studies.  Mr. Chartier continued his vocal training with Andreas Scholl in the Advanced Studies program at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland and the Britten-Pears School of Music, England. Jacques also took part of the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco.

 

 

photo : Francois Morin

Engaged by :


Arion Orchestre Baroque

American Bach Soloists

Clavecin en Concert et Luc Beauséjour

Chorus Niagara

Choeur Classique de Montréal

Chœur Polyphonique de Montréal

Choeur de la Montagne
Concours International d'orgue du Canada

Early Music Vancouver
Ensemble Caprice
Ensemble Telemann
Festival Bach de Montréal
Festival de Lanaudière
Festival de musique baroque de Lamèque, NB
Festival Montréal Baroque
Festival Orgues et Couleurs
Festivoix de Trois-Rivières

Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener

I Musici
King's College ,Halifax

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Les Idées Heureuses

Les Jacobins ensemble

Les Voix Baroques
Musica Orbium

Niagara Symphony
Opéra de Montréal

Opéra de Québec

Orchestre Métropolitain

Orchestre Sinfonia

Orchestre de la Francophonie
Orchestre symphonique de Laval
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Orchestre symphonique de l'Estuaire
Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières

Ottawa Chamberfest Festival

Ottawa Bach Choir

Portland Baroque Orchestra

Pro Musica, TR

Seattle Pacific Musicworks

Seattle Early Music Guild
Société d'Art Lyrique du Royaume
Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Talisker Players, TO
Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa

Theatre of Early Music

Victoria Early Music Society
Violons du Roy, QC

photo : Francois Morin