General & Artistic Director
Before assuming the position of General and artistic director of the Opéra de Québec in 1996, Grégoire Legendre was its administrative director (1994). The baritone Grégoire Legendre holds a DES in music, awarded by the Conservatoire de Québec, as well as a master's degree in music and a bachelor's degree in administration (1981) from Université Laval. He has an impressive background, with more than 20 years as a singer plus the administration of over 40 productions of the Opéra de Québec.
As a singer on the international stage (Switzerland, France, Portugal, Spain, and USA) and throughout Canada, he has defended 35 roles in over 65 productions. He knows the ins and outs and the requirements of the production of an opera. In Québec, he has regularly collaborated with the Opéra de Montréal (Capulet, Romeo and Juliette; Schaunard, La Bohème; Le Marquis de la Force, Dialogues des Carmélites; Guglielmo, Cosi fan tutte; Doctor Falke, Die Fledermaus; The Baron, La Vie parisienne), the Opéra de Québec (Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro; Lescaut, Manon; Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor; Papageno, The Magic Flute; Belcore, L'Elisir d'amore), as well as the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (Prince Yeletsky, The Queen of Spades), the Orchestre Métropolitain (The Count, The Marriage of Figaro), the Festival de Lanaudière (Mitioukh and Varlaam, Boris Godounov; Skoula, Prince Igor), the Concerts symphoniques de Sherbrooke (Escamillo, Carmen), and the Concerts populaires de la ville de Montréal (Don Gormas, Le Cid).
The Opéra de Québec is a nonprofit organization that presents world-class professional operas in Québec. As its general director, Grégoire Legendre oversees the co-ordination of over 200 artists during nearly six months every year. He must ensure that all artists and artisans of the scene enjoy a harmonious environment, oversee the development of new audiences, encourage the continuity of realizations, and participate in the evolution and the good reputation of the company.
Since July 2003, he has also assumed the artistic direction. He is responsible for the programming and all artistic decisions.
In November 2007, during ceremonies honoring the Arts and Culture in the City of Québec, he was awarded the Prix de la Fondation de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec in recognition of the excellence of his contribution to the development of classical music in the greater Québec region.
In 2008, he was responsible for obtaining and holding Placido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition in Québec. He was an official observer in Valencia in 2006, a member of the jury in Paris, Québec and Budapest in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. For this, he was named Lauréat de la semaine by Radio Canada and Le Soleil, and was awarded the Médaille du 400e during activities for Québec’s 400th centennial activities. Plácido Domingo has again invited him to participate in the 2012 edition of Operalia, this time in Beijing.
In 2011, he inaugurated the first Festival d’opéra de Québec, with a full two-week long program. This allowed the Québec public to attend Canadian premiere performances of Peter Brook’s adaptation, A Magic Flute, and Québec premiere performances of Stravinski’s The Nightingale and other tales, as staged by Robert Lepage. A large number of other highly popular events were programmed around this gigantic core.
Following the success of the Festival, Grégoire Legendre, together with Gaston Déry, president of the Opéra de Québec, was again named Lauréat de la semaine by Radio Canada and Le Soleil.