Bourgie Hall presents

Chant pour un Québec lointain (world premiere)

This concert pays tribute to Rachel Laurin.

Enjoy the premiere of the momentous song cycle Chant pour un Québec lointain, composed for baritone Marc Boucher and pianist Olivier Godin by Rachel Laurin, who set the splendid poems of Madeleine Gagnon to music.

Marc Boucher, baritone

For almost 20 years, Canadian baritone Marc Boucher has had an active career performing in operas, symphony concerts, and recitals. His notable opera performances, in New York and Mexico and elsewhere, include singing the roles of Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles; Pelléas in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, at the Opéra de Montréal; Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, in Dublin; Citheron in Rameau’s Platée, at the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens; Le Duc de Santa Fe in Théodore Dubois’ Aben-Hamet; Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande, at the Festival d’Opéra de Québec; Publio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito; and, upcoming, Collatinius in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, at the Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing. His recording of the complete songs by Francis Poulenc, released in Fall 2013, was followed, in Spring 2017, by that of the complete songs by Gabriel Fauré. Both recordings are on the ATMA Classique label.

During the past four years, he has been engaged in the immense undertaking of recording the complete songs of Jules Massenet. In 2009 he was awarded an Opus prize for international achievement. The recording of Gabriel Fauré’s complete songs was awarded the 2018 Opus prize for album of the year in the Classical, Romantic, post-Romantic, and Impressionist music category. The baritone won a second Opus prize in 2018, for the show Venus & Adonis with Clavecin en concert. Since 2011, Marc Boucher has served as general and artistic director of Festival Classica in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada.

Olivier Godin, piano

A native of Montreal, Olivier Godin is pursuing a brilliant career as a pianist and chamber player both in Canada and abroad. He has been invited to perform in numerous international festivals such as the Francis Poulenc Academy in Tours, the International Albert-Roussel Festival in France, the Palazzetto Bru Zane Festival in Venice, as well as on France-Musique and Radio-Canada radio stations. In Canada, he has performed at the Orford, Lanaudière, Lachine, Classica and Parry Sound festivals. He has also played with a great number of singers and musicians in New York City, Paris, Venice, Bonn and at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, during the Wigmore Hall / Kohn International Song Competition.

He was appointed as a professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal at the age of 25, and presently holds a position as director of the Opera Studies. He also works with promising young singers from McGill University and occasionally at the Atelier lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal.

Olivier Godin was awarded the Prix avec grande distinction by the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in solo performance and chamber music, where he studied and worked with renowned pianist Raoul Sosa.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 7:30pm
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