JACQUES ARSENAULT

Tenor

VIDEO

Mozart

Frisch zum kampfe

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Smetana

Ma mamaticka povidala

The Bartered Bride

Britten

Prologue

The Turn of the Screw

BIOGRAPHY

Acadian tenor Jacques Arsenault began his musical career as a virtuoso accordionist before discovering his vocal talents. Jacques made his professional debut in 2015, singing and dancing as Pritschitsch in Edmonton Opera's The Merry Widow. Jacques joined the cast as Kaspar in Opera Nuova’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, and starred as Archie in Archiebaldo, Cowtown Opera’s raunchy operatic cabaret about the tangled romantic life of the famous comic book character, reprising the role for Calgary Opera’s outdoor festival, “Opera in the Village”.

 

In September 2017, Jacques debuts with Tapestry Opera in Bandits in the Valley, playing accordion and singing the role of Freddy in the premiere of a new multi-media opera based on local history of 1860s smugglers and bandits, by composer Benton Roark and librettist Julie Tepperman.

 

In the summer of 2016, Jacques displayed his amazing step-dancing skills over the course of twenty-one performances, portraying several roles in The Bells of Baddeck in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This charming music-drama was created by Lorna MacDonald with music by Dean Burry, based on the life of Alexander Graham Bell.

 

Jacques joined Karen Wood and Bill Vickers as The Young Man in Miracle Theatre’s production of The Last Romance in Prince George, BC, and made his debut as Ambroise Lepine in Louis Riel (Somers), in the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed production at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

 

Jacques obtained his Master of Music from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Prince Edward Island, with further studies at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria. Jacques sang Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and Gastone in La Traviata for Opera on the Avalon, the Gamekeeper in Rusalka, and Roy Johnson in The Light in the Piazza with Opera NUOVA, as well as Orphée in Orphée aux enfers, and Léon in Signor Deluso at the University of Alberta.

 

As Freddy in Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera –

"Jacques Arsenault’s Freddy is a standout performance in itself, an impressive combination of powerful singing, solid accordion chops... and heartfelt acting."

Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera.com

 

As The Young Man in The Last Romance with Miracle Theatre –

"It was a pleasure to share such a rare opportunity with Arsenault who has the voice to project to the back corners of La Scala but the sensitivity to sing against opera's type and bring that enormity down to our ArtSpace level."

Frank Peebles, The Prince George Citizen

SELECTED ROLES

Ambroise Lepine | Louis Riel

Archie | Archibaldo

Young Man | The Last Romance

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Mozart | Great Mass in C Minor

Schubert | Mass no. 2 in G Major

Jacques Arsenault, Tenor

RESUME

Opera & Theatre

2017

Freddy (Bandits in the Valley)

Ambroise Lepine  (Louis Riel)

2016

Archie (Archiebaldo)

Archie (Archiebaldo)

Bell/McCurdy (The Bells of Baddeck)

2015

Pritschitsch (The Merry Widow)

Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors)

2013

Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte)

Gastone (La traviata)

2012

Orphée (Orphée aux enfers)

Eugene Coste (He’s Got the Pipes)

2011

Léon (Signor Deluso)

Gamekeeper (Rusalka)

Lensky (Eugene Onegin)*

Vogelsang (Der Schauspieldirektor)*

Roy Johnson (The Light in the Piazza)

Young Confederate Soldier (Parade)*

Benny Southstreet (Guys and Dolls)*

2010

Papageno (Die Zauberflöte)*

 

Roark/Tepperman

Somers

 

Various

Various

MacDonald/Burry

 

Lehar

Menotti

 

Mozart

Verdi

 

Offenbach

Maralyn Ryan

 

Pasatieri

Dvorák

Tchaikovsky

Mozart

Guettel

Brown

Loesser

 

Mozart

 

Tapestry Opera

National Arts Centre, Ottawa

 

Cowtown Opera, Calgary

Calgary Opera Summer Festival

Baddeck, Nova Scotia

 

Edmonton Opera

Opera Nuova

 

Opera on the Avalon

Opera on the Avalon

 

University of Alberta

ATCO Energy Theatre

 

University of Alberta

Opera NUOVA

Opera NUOVA

Opera NUOVA

Opera NUOVA

Opera NUOVA

Opera NUOVA

 

Edmonton Symphony

* Excerpts

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Sep 2017

Roark/Tepperman

The Accordian Song

Bandits In The Valley

Oratorio & Concert

2017

The Young Man (The Last Romance)

2016

Messiah*

Recital

Serenade to Music

2014

"Rise up!: Take Back the Mic"

Mass in G

Sieben frühe Lieder

2013

Great Mass in C Minor

Mass no. 2 in G Major

Welcome to All the Pleasures

“Songs by Debussy, Fauré, & Poulenc”

“Songs by Schumann”

Fêtes galantes, vols. I & II

Songs by Debussy, Duparc, Hahn, Poulenc & Ravel

2012

Miracles of Light

The Art of Musick*

Songs by Bellini, Debussy, Obradors, Schubert & Strauss

2011

Four Songs After Alfred Pinkham Ryder

Madrigals & Motets by Gesualdo & Monteverdi

 

 

DiPietro

 

Handel

Various

V. Williams

 

Various

Schubert

Berg

 

Mozart

Schubert

Purcell

Various

Schumann

Debussy

Various

 

Gonzalez

Geminiani

Various

 

Pura

Various

 

 

Miracle Theatre, Prince George

 

Pax Christi Chorale

Prince Edward Island University

Richard Eaton Singers, Edmonton

 

NextFest

Richard Eaton Singers

University of Alberta

 

University of Alberta

Da Camera Singers

Da Camera Singers

University of Alberta

University of Alberta

University of Alberta

Edmonton AB & Winnipeg MB

 

University of Alberta

Enterprise String Quartet

Opera NUOVA

 

Tonus Vivus Festival

Scona Chamber Singers

 

* Excerpts

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2015 | Franz-Schubert-Institut, Austria, Further Training (Voice)

2011 | University of Alberta, Master of Music (Voice)

2008 | University of Prince Edward Island, Bachelor of Music (Organ & Voice)

2003 | Conservatoire d’Aubervilliers-La Courneuve, Certificat de Fin d’Études Musicales (Accordion)

 

PROGRAMS

2013 | Opera on the Avalon, Cheryl Hickman, artistic director

2010-11 | Opera NUOVA, Kim Mattice Wanat, artistic director

2010 | Franz-Schubert-Institut, Deen Larsen, artistic director

2006-09 | Scotia Festival of Music, Mark Fewer, artistic director

 

TEACHERS & COACHES

Elizabeth Turnbull, John Tessier, Vlad Iftinca, Shannon Hiebert

 

MASTERCLASSES

Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Nico Castel, Barbara Bonney, Michael McMahon, Katherine Ciesinski, Benjamin Butterfield, Judith Forst, Mark Morash, Wendy Nielsen, Nathalie Paulin, Cynthia Hoffmann, Wolfgang Holzmair, Nathan Berg, Christiane Riel

 

AWARDS

2014

Individual Artist Music Project Grant; Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Community Investment Program Travel Grant; Edmonton Arts Council

2013

Individual Artist Music Project Grant; Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Community Investment Program Travel Grant; Edmonton Arts Council

Winspear Fund Scholarship for Advanced Classical Music; Edmonton Community Foundation

Entrance Scholarship; Opera on the Avalon

2010

Graduate Travel Award; University of Alberta

Johann Strauss Foundation Music Award; Wirth Institute

Professional Development Grant; Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts

2009

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship; University of Alberta

Beryl Barns Memorial Graduate Award; University of Alberta

NewCap Grant for Student Travel and Performance; University of Prince Edward Island

2008

Harry Farmer Graduate Scholarship in Music; University of Alberta

NewCap Grant for Student Travel and Performance; University of Prince Edward Island

Carter MacKenzie Music Award; University of Prince Edward Island

2005

Sarah McLachlan Scholarship; East Coast Music Association

 

LANGUAGES

Spoken: English & French

Sung: Czech, German, Italian, Latin, Russian & Spanish

REVIEWS

As Freddy in Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera –

"Jacques Arsenault’s Freddy is a standout performance in itself, an impressive combination of powerful singing, solid accordion chops... and heartfelt acting."

Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera.com

 

As The Young Man in The Last Romance with Miracle Theatre, Prince George, BC  –

"It was a pleasure to share such a rare opportunity with [Jacques] Arsenault who has the voice to project to the back corners of La Scala but the sensitivity to sing against opera's type and bring that enormity down to our ArtSpace level."

Frank Peebles, The Prince George Citizen

 

As Archie in Cowtown Opera’s Archibaldo

“Jacques Arsenault plays Archie with a resonant tenor and genial good humour. "

Kenneth deLong, Calgary Herald

 

"A gifted, natural performer, a fine musician and an excellent colleague; Jacques has all the makings of a terrific character tenor at the professional level."

Michael Cavanagh, Director