Marc Hervieux

Tenor

Marc Hervieux

Tenor

Tenor Marc Hervieux is one of the most highly regarded vocal artists to emerge in Quebec in the last half century. In demand for opera and concert engagements with conductors including Valery Gergiev and Kent Nagano, he is lauded for his top-selling recordings with Nézét-Séguin and especially his immensely popular concert tours throughout Quebec. Co-host of Cap sur l’été on CBC TV, he was host of Orchestre symphonique de Montreal’s performance of CARMINA BURANA on the Esplanade du Parc Olympique for an audience of 40,000 and also performed Mahler’s LEIDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN with conductor Jean Francois Rivest and later a matinee of romantic Neapolitan favourites for OSM’s Virée Classique.

Hervieux scored a great success at Festival de l’Opéra de Québec with his performance in the title role of NELLIGAN, an opera celebrating the life of the legendary Quebec symbolist poet. Further highlights include Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA for Calgary Opera, Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opéra de Montréal, Bobinet in LA VIE PARISIENNE for L’Opéra de Québec, Canio in PAGLIACCI for Calgary Opera, Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for Ottawa’s Opera Lyra, as well as concerts of Italian arias for Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He continues to be in demand for personal appearances following the release of his chart-topping CDs: Après Nous and Italian Arias with Nézet-Séguin.

In addition to the roles previously noted, his broad-ranging repertoire includes Cavardossi in TOSCA, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Turridu in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Michel in Estacio’s FROBISHER, Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, Romeo in ROMEO ET JULIETTE, il Duca in RIGOLETTO, Des Grieux in MANON, Luigi in IL TABARRO and the title roles in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and FAUST for opera companies across Canada. Concert appearances include STARMANIA for Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, an Opera Gala for the Kingston Symphony, Concerts-in-the-Park for Orchestre Metropolitain du grand Montréal.. and he has been featured by Orchestre symphonique de Laval, the Elora Festival, Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, Symphony New Brunswick, the Lachine Festival and Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall in ‘Bravissimo’ and ‘Salute to Vienna’.

He sang Alfredo for the Cap d’Antibes Festival and also with Zubin Mehta and the New Israeli Philharmonic. Other credits include Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Minnesota Opera and Edmonton Opera, Cavaradossi in TOSCA and Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for Pacific Opera Victoria and he has been a special guest artist at the Annual Richard Tucker Gala at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. International credits include Des Grieux in MANON at Malaga Opera (Spain) and Bastia Opera (Corsica) and in Haydn’s SCHÖPFUNG with Taipei’s Contemporary Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Hervieux has sung many times with the Montréal Symphony under Charles Dutoit in works such as LE ROSSIGNOL, ELEKTRA and LES MAMMELLES DE TIRÉSIAS. With
l’Orchestre Metropolitain, he has sung Beethoven’s SYMPHONY No. 9 and Verdi’s REQUIEM conducted by Nézet-Séquin. He also appeared in Verdi’s REQUIEM for l’Orchéstre Symphonique de Québec.

The Québec native is an alumnus of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montréal, Montréal Opera’s Atelier Lyrique and the Advanced Role Preparation studio of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami. He has received awards, including scholarships from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Diana Soviero prize for promising young artists and was the first recipient of the Gautier-Létourneau scholarship. He was a finalist for the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Joseph-Rouleau scholarship and has also been awarded scholarships by the Charles-Émile Gadbois Foundation.

Mr. Hervieux was soloist in a royal command performance before his Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and has also appeared in musicals ranging from THE MAN OF LA MANCHA and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC to THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and HAIR. He can be heard on the soundtrack for the films ‘Matroni et Moi’, ‘Hugo et le Dragon’ and the American production ‘Space Travels 2001’.

September 2015

OPERA

Berger Zero Janvier STARMANIA
Bizet Don José CARMEN
Cocciante Quasimodo NOTRE-DAME-DE-PARIS
Donizetti Nemorino L’ELISIR D’AMORE
  Edgardo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Estacio Michael FROBISHER
Gounod Faust FAUST
  Roméo ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
Leoncavallo Canio PAGLIACCI
Mascagni Turiddu CAVALERIA RUSTICANA
Massenet Des Grieux MANON
  Werther WERTHER
Offenbach Ménélas LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
  Bobinet LA VIE PARISIENNE
  Hoffmann LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Ponchielli Isepo LA GIOCCONDA
Poulenc Chevalier de la Force DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Puccini Rodolfo LA BOHÈME
  Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY
  Des Grieux/Edmondo MANON LESCAUT
  Cavaradossi TOSCA
  Luigi IL TABARRO
Verdi Cassio OTELLO
  Alfredo LA TRAVIATA
  Duke RIGOLETTO

ORATORIO

Beethoven Mass in C
  Symphony No. 9
Britten Les Illuminations
Bruckner Te Deum
Gounod Messe Sainte Cècile
Haydn Requiem
Die Schöpfung
  Die Jahreszeiten
Puccini Messa di gloria
Saint-Saëns Requiem
Verdi Requiem

“A dominant figure vocally and physically, tenor Marc Hervieux gave a moving performance of Nelligan.” Irène Brisson (trans. Raynauld Desmeules)

“Marc Hervieux fut le héros de la prima, samedi soir, poussant sa voix de stentor au maximum pour exprimer tour le désespoir du mari trompé de Pagliacci et se jetant sur sa femme puis sur l’amant de celle-ci avec une violence épouvantable. ”

La Presse – Claude Gingras

“ Mais celui qui réussit à chambouler tout notre être est le ténor Marc Hervieux, clown triste, blessé. Il donne une interpretation magistrale de Canio, sans fard, avec Recitar…Vesti la giubba. Être profondément blessé, le théâtre lui-même semble s’écrouler avec son double meurtre. Cela donne froid dans le dos. ”

La Scène – Jacques Hétu

“Autre moment fort de la soirée, Le blues du business­man de Marc Hervieux. On l’a entendu des centaines et des centaines de fois, mais jamais de cette façon. Le ténor nous éblouit, tant par la puissance de ses cordes vocales que par la ferveur avec laquelle il donne vie au machiavélique Zéro Janvier.” (Starmania)

Métro – Marc-André Lemieux

“Returning to Calgary after his highly successful performance of Frobisher, tenor Marc Hervieux is even more commanding here, his singing in the central role of Cavaradosi thrilling and absolutely first class. From the famous opening aria, Recondita Armonia, to the equally well-known final aria in the prison, Hervieux is the ideal Cavaradosi, superb in the stentorian aspects of the role, but effective too in the many duets and conversational moments. This is a fully mature vocal performance of the role, consistent with the best international standards.”

The Calgary Herald – Kenneth DeLong

“Hervieux was a powerhouse on both fronts, looking and sounding the part of the stormy stevedore Luigi”.

Montreal Gazette – Arthur Kaptainis

“La revelation de IL TABARRO reste cependant Marc Hervieux…Hervieux a projeté une grande voix de tenor et incarné l’amant coupable avec la plus grande vérité.

La Presse – Claude Gingras

“Marc Hervieux has a nuanced, lovely tenor, his French diction is impeccable and he portrayed the tormented poet, Hoffmann with intensity from start to finish.” (Quebec City)

Opera Canada – Renée Maheu

“Marc Hervieux was a searingly ardent Cavaradossi.”

Opera Canada – Robert Jordon

“Hervieux sings with glorious warmth, vigour and fervour his voice is intoxicating, rich soaring.”

Times Colonist – Grania Litwin

“Hervieux brought a powerful voice to it…his two arias the evening’s show-stopping high points…showed off his lyrical side…his brilliant top voice shook the rafters. His final act ‘E lucevan le stelle’ had members of the audience literally in tears.”

Vancouver – J. H. Stape

“The greatest source of solo interest however, was Marc Hervieux, a ringing tenor with spotless production throughout his range…standing out as Cassio with his clear, steady voice.”

The Gazette – Arthur Kaptainis

“Marc Hervieux (Pinkerton)…his voice is solid and beautiful and every phrase was a delight.”

Opera News – John Charles

“…the gentle, lyrical voice of tenor Marc Hervieux” (‘Nadir’ – THE PEARL FISHERS)

Georgia Strait (Vancouver) – Jessica Werb

“Au plan strictement vocal, le tenor Marc Hervieux fut le plus remarquable. La voix est puissante et plutôt belle.”

La Presse (Montréal) – Claude Gingras

“Quebec tenor Marc Hervieux, Rodolfo, has all the technical elements in place and produces a bright penetrating tone.”

Opera Canada (Edmonton) – Bill Rankin

“Vocally, Marc Hervieux made a suitable Romeo, his well-focused lyric tenor soaring to the heights with ease and his voice containing a pleasing ring.”

Calgary Herald – Kenneth DeLong

“ Marc Hervieux made a splendidly ringing case for Frederico’s Lament…confident delivery and ardent feeling for line are the stuff of which careers are made.”

The Gazette – Arthur Kaptainis

“Parlant, de Marc Hervieux, celui-ci est apparu en pleine possession de ses moyens dans ‘Recondita armonia, appuyé de façon irreproachable et chantéavec une justesse parfaite.”

Le Soleil – Richard Boisvert

Listen

“Mamma, quel vino e generoso” from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni