Léonard Bilodeau

11 July 1935 Québec – 6 May 2008 Québec

Léonard Bilodeau sings Mon soleil/'O sole mio
In RA format
He studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he also had his first public appearances in concert (1958). From 1962 to 1965, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where he also sang several operatic performances (Nadir, Roméo, Werther, Vincent, Bénédict in Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict); he appeared in La vestale at Philharmonic Hall, New York City, and in Mignon at the Central Park summer festival in 1963. At the Théâtre lyrique de Nouvelle France in Québec, he sang regularly from 1962 (Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Alfredo, Gérald, Wilhelm Meister).

In the mid-1960s, he made his French debut in Lille (Gérald), and gave recitals in Austria. Next, he sang with touring companies in Canada, and was Nadir in New Orleans (1967).

He gave up his career in 1970 and embarked on a business career (a wise decision, if you listen to his singing).


I wish to thank André Thomassin for the recording.

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