Benoit Pitre

Benoit Pitre

Bass-Baritone

"Benoit Pitre stands out through his warm timbre, his charisma and his fierce acting skills"
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«Der Kanadier Benoit Pitre in der Rolle des Piloten und Erzählers überzeugt mit wohltönendem Bariton»
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2016)
«Als verbindende Figur dient der großartige Bariton Benoit Pitre, der nicht nur als Sänger, sondern auch als Schauspieler beeindruckt»
kuk-nk.de (2016)
«Leonores Gegenspieler, der fiese Gouverneur Pizarro, wird von Benoit Pitre mit einem mächtigen Bariton versehen»
bERLINER mORgENPOST (2016)
2015Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2015Debussy: L'enfant prodigue, L. 57Simeon
2015Pizzeria AnarchiaBaritone / Wiener Polizeichef
2015Der kleine PrinzPilot
2014Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2014Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation)Raphael
2014Beethoven: FidelioDon Pizarro
2014Massenet: WertherJohann
2013Beethoven: FidelioDon Pizarro
2013Beethoven: FidelioDon Fernando
2012Donizetti: Maria StuardaLord Cecil
2003Bizet: CarmenZuniga
2003Bizet: CarmenZuniga
2000Debussy: L'enfant prodigue, L. 57Simeon (Father)

Bio

Benoit Pitre is a charismatic Canadian Bass-Baritone based in Berlin, at ease both on the concert and operatic stage. He recently collaborated with the reknowned&nbspBalletto Civile for the creation of Pizzeria Anarchia, a coproduction of the Teatro della Tosse Genova, the Musiktheatertage Wien and the Neuköllner Oper, portraying the Opera Singer/Wiener Polizeichef.  From December 2015 to March 2016, he was on tour with a new production of Der kleine Prinz, creating the role of the Pilot, premièrering this musical based on Saint-Exupéry's bestseller.  Earlier in 2015 he made his long awaited début as Don Giovanni in Berlin and performed the role of Siméon in a staged version of Debussy's L'enfant prodigue.  Other recently performed roles include Raphael and Adam in a staged version of Die Schöpfung in Lübeck, of Graf Almaviva in a German Figaros Hochzeit in Berlin, of Don Pizzaro and Don Fernando in the praised Fidelio production of Stefan Neugebauer in Berlin, Lord Cecil in Opera Sacra's acclaimed production of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, of Jaroslav Prus in Janáček's Die Sache Makropulos at the Kundry Festival in Munich, and of Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale under the helm of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Amburgo. Previous operatic engagements saw him as the Conte Almaviva in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro at the Festivale della Lirica in Vale Argentina and as Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Volkstheater Weimar. He also traveled as Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and Papageno (Zauberflöte) on outreach tours throughout Austria, Germany and northern Italy during his first years in Europe. Initially trained as a bass-baritone, Mr. Pitre performed roles such as Peter Quince, Zuniga, Leporello, Crespel and Schlemihl in venues such as the Tanglewood Festival and the Komische Kammeroper München, then ventured into the baritone repertoire for a few years before returning to his true Fach recently. Also vested in song recitals and promoting contemporary repertoire, he was fortunate to work on multiple occasions with luminaries such as Roger Vignoles. A series of recitals promoting songs of his native province and contemporary NY composers took place last year in Europe. Mr. Pitre received his degree in music performance from McGill University, following initial musical studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He furthered his development through masterclasses with David Jones, Gundula Hintz, Graciela Araya, KS Hannah Schwarz, Glenys Linos, Sherril Milnes, Diana Soviero, Phyllis Curtin and Jerry Hadley† to name a few. Mr. Pitre was a recipient of a Tanglewood Music Center and a Junge Musiker Stiftung Bayreuth fellowship.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni 1 week Hauptstadtoper Berlin 2015
Debussy: L'enfant prodigue, L. 57 Simeon 24 hours Sakrale Oper Berlin 2015
Pizzeria Anarchia Baritone / Wiener Polizeichef Immediately Teatro della Tosse Genova 2015
Der kleine Prinz Pilot Immediately 3for1 Trinity Concerts 2015
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Conte d'Almaviva 1 week Hauptstadt Oper Berlin 2014