A native of Québec, Alexandre Sylvestre studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where he successfully obtained the “Premier Prix avec Grande Distinction.” Recent and upcoming engagements include a remount of SILENT NIGHT for Michigan Opera Theatre, Colline in LA BOHEME and the premiere of LES FELUETTES for Opéra de Montréal, Bartolo in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Saskatoon Opera, Timur in TURANDOT for Calgary Opera and Mozart’s REQUIEM for Orchestre symphonique de Québec. Of special interest is Opera Lafayette’s LEONORE project, performances of Beethoven’s original version of FIDELIO and the version by Gaveaux on the same subject, in Washington and New York.
One of the most in demand artists of his generation, he has been heard in Opéra de Québec’s L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES, as Bartolo in Edmonton Opera’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Brahms’ REQUIEM with Symphony Nova Scotia, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, Mozart’s REQUIEM for Orchestre symphonique de Lac St. Jean, Kevin Puts’ SILENT NIGHT for Opéra de Montréal, Brander in DAMNATION DE FAUST for Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Haly in ITALIANA IN ALGERI for Calgary Opera, and Colline in LA BOHEME for Manitoba Opera.
Active on the concert stage, engagements include Beethoven’s CHORAL FANTASIA at Festival Lanaudière, DIE SCHÖPFUNG for Symphony Nova Scotia, L’ENFANCE DU CHIRST and JEANNE D’ARC AU BUCHER for Nagano and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Fauré’s REQUIEM for l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Charpentier’s MESSE DE MINUIT and Haydn’s STABAT MATER with Les Violons du Roy and Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLONNELLE for the Taiwan National Choir in Taipei.
A favourite at Opéra de Montréal, roles there include Dr. Grenville in LA TRAVIATA, Frank in LA CHAUVE SOURIS, de Bretigny in MANON, Sacristan in TOSCA, Pietro in SIMON BOCCANEGRAQ, Bartolo in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Jack Wallace in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, Nourabad in LES PECHEURS DE PERLES, Monterone in RIGOLETTO and Colline in LA BOHEME.
He has also sung Bartolo in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Opera Hamilton, Colline in LA BOHEME for Calgary Opera, Schaunard in LA BOHEME and Angelotti in TOSCA for Pacific Opera Victoria, Sacristan in TOSCA for Edmonton Opera and Donner in concert performances of DAS RHEINGOLD with Nagano in Montreal. He has appeared with Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montréal and also took part in the premiere of a work based on the writings of Jacques Cartier for Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary. An Alumnus of Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Mr. Sylvestre made his official debut with Opéra de Montréal in 2005 in the roles of Zalzal and the Chief of Police in L’ÉTOILE by Chabrier.
He has been awarded bursaries from ARAM, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation, Jeunesses Musicales, was a winner at the Ottawa New Discoveries Auditions and received the Silver Medal (Voice) at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition.