Steeve Michaud

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A sought-after performer of the Canadian opera scene, tenor Steeve Michaud is regarded as one of the most promising dramatic tenors of his generation. Hailed by Opera Canada Magazine for his «voice projected with force producing flawless high notes» Michaud’s...

A sought-after performer of the Canadian opera scene, tenor Steeve Michaud is regarded as one of the most promising dramatic tenors of his generation. Hailed by Opera Canada Magazine for his «voice projected with force producing flawless high notes» Michaud’s career was recently recognized by the Prix du Jeune Public at the 26th Clermont-Ferrand International Competition in France (2019) for his outstanding renditions of Canio and Turiddu.

Among his many accolades, Steeve Michaud was the second-prize winner of the prestigious Caruso International Competition and has is a recipient of grants and prizes from several organizations such as the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Foundation, Jeunes Ambassadeurs lyrique of Canada, Culture Outaouais’s Prix de la relève, Québec’s Arts Council and Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation in addition to being a finalist of the Puccini International Competition in Verona. Praised by L’Opéra Revue Magazine for his bright and warm tone of a real lirico-spinto voice combined with charisma, remarkable musicality, phrasing and legato, embracing a voice as impressive as his acting skills: expressive, powerful, true and nuanced.

During his recents seasons Michaud has reached a high point in his burgeoning career that has led him to performances in Canada, United States, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary and China.

Since his operatic debut in La Traviata with l’Opéra de Montréal, he has added many critically acclaimed roles to his repertoire such as: Hoffman, Don José, Werther, DesGrieux, Faust, Romeo, Rodolfo, Il Duca, Ismaele, MacDuff, Rinuccio, Pinkerton, Caravadossi, Calaf, Canio and Turiddu. In season 2018-2019, Steeve availed tenors Ben Heppner and Ermanno Mauro before singing Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Opera de Montréal. Following some recitals and a concert of Dubois’s Seven Last Words of Christ with the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Steeve returned at Opera de Québec as Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco with Maestro Giuseppe Grazioli and stage director Michael Cavanagh.

Additional appearances in Season 2019-2020 include the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann with La Société d’art lyrique du Royaume, in Saguenay, Québec, the Odyssée Opera Gala in Ottawa-Gatineau, several recitals across Québec and a return with Opera de Québec singing Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, led by Jean-Marie Zeitouni and stage director Alain Gauthier. Later in the season, Steeve will appear as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Montréal’s Maison Symphonique celebrating the composer’s 250th anniversary with maestro Boris Brott. He will also be featured a soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Chœur classique de Montréal, led by Louis Lavigueur at the Maison Symphonique.

Michaud’s recent seasons have brought him a wealth of debuts and return engagements as a frequent collaborator with the Montréal Philharmonic Society, ranging from his stunning performance in Rossini’s Stabat Mater to Kodaly’s Te Deum under musical direction of Peter Tiboris. He also returned to Opera Rimouski to make his debut in the title role of Saint-Saens’s Samson et Dalila. Subsequently, he sang the title rôle of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann at Opera Rimouski, his debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at Opera de Québec, his debut as Rigoletto’s Duke at Opéra de Québec where the Journal de Québec praised him as “Spectacular”, and his debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca at Pellegrini Opera.

On the concert stage, Steeve Michaud has been seen many times in Mozart’s Requiem, in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth SymphonyMissa Solemnis and Christus am Ölbergue, Dubois’s Le paradis perdu and The Seven Last Words to name a few.

Over the last years, Steeve has worked with many opera houses and symphonic orchestras in Canada, including Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, Opéra de Rimouski, Chicoutimi Opera, PLG Ottawa, Calgary Opera, Hamilton Opera, Opera Ontario, Opera Kelowna, Ottawa Pellegrini Opera, Altamura Opera Festival, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Montréal Philharmonic Society, Gatineau Symphony, New World Philharmonic Society, Sinfonia of Lanaudière and more.

Michaud had the pleasure to collaborate with renowned artists such as Yannick-Nézet Séguin, Giuseppe Grazioli, Jacques Lacombe, Charles Dutoit, Stephen Lord, Bernard Labadie, Anton Coppola, Joseph Rescigno, Alfredo Silipigni, Richard Margison, Thomas Muraco, Joan Dorneman, Gildo Di Nunzio, William Hicks, Denise Massé and Pierre Vallet.

Generously supported by Ottawa’s Otto’s BMW Group, Steeve is a former member of the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal. He holds a master’s degree from Université de Montréal, is graduated of the Academie de Nice, was an intern at the International Vocal Art Institute before specializing in New York with coaches from the Juilliard School and the Metropolitan Opera. He is currently working with Raphaël Sikorski in Paris and David L. Jones in New York.

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L'Ora Squisita — Melodies and arias from la Belle Epoque

Reviews

Le ténor Steeve Michaud projette sa voix avec puissance, produisant des aigus impeccables.

— Opera Canada

Steeve Michaud utilise sa très belle voix de lyrico-spinto, ronde, souple, aux aiguës vibrants… [il] a une voix égale à son jeu :  puissant, juste et nuancé.

— Revue L’Opéra (Canada)

A perfectly grandiose evening… Impossible not to talk about Steeve Michaud’s interpretation of a Verdi aria! Explosive!

— Le Droit (Ottawa)

We were gratified by this rich, ample and nuanced voice offered to us by the remarkable and talented tenor, Steeve Michaud.

— Journal Voir

Michaud […] perfectly portraying the lover and artists Cavaradossi with an air and flamboyance that captivated every moment he was on the stage. He is perfectly suited for the role in every way […] Colour, tone, technique, expression.

— André Gervais, Ottawa Life Magazine

[Steeve Michaud] was the freshly comic…(he) was a gift of timing here.

— Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette (Montréal)

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L'Ora Squisita

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