Tomislav Lavoie studied at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montréal as a violinist before being hired by several renowned orchestras among which the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
As he happened to replace a singer in the part of Masetto (Don Giovanni) after a last-minute cancellation, he decided to study singing at Montréal University in Mark Pedrotti’s class. While he was still in his first year, he was given the main role in Le Nozze di Figaro. That same year he was appointed « Young Lyrical Ambassador » a distinction that allowed him to take part in several sessions and festivals in the Czech Republic as he carried on studying with Marie Daveluy.
He then appeared as Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) during a tour of the “Jeunesses musicales du Canada” and was invited once again the following season for Les Contes d’Hoffmann in the part of the Four villains. He also sang the role of Leporello (Don Giovanni) for the Toronto Summer Academy and Festival under the direction of Agnès Grossmann.
In December 2010, he takes part in the Gala of the Quebec Opera house in which the audience warmly acclaimed his performance.
He has sung Le Deuxième Philistin (Samson et Dalila) with the Orchestre du Capitole under Tugan Sokhiev in Toulouse and Paris, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) at the Banff Center for Performing Art under the direction of David Agler, Il Barbiere di Siviglia during the St Eustache festival in Canada.
Recently, he sang a Rossini-themed evening, La Traviata, Elektra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Seguin, the world creation of Les Féluettes at the Opera House of Montreal, Don Giovanni (Leporello) in Tours and at the Icelandic Opera in Reykjavik, Castor et Pollux in concert version with the Ensemble Pygmalion conducted by Raphaël Pichon. Tomislav Lavoie made his debut at the Paris National Opera with Alceste, in Amsterdam with Faust conducted by Marc Minkowski and at the Opéra Comique with La Muette de Portici. He then sang in Armide by Lully in Potsdam and Innsbruck, Le Pré aux Clercs by Hérold at the Wexford Festival, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and L’Heure espagnole at the Cologne Opera. He also sang in Die Zauberflöte at the Nice Opera and the Paris National Opera, Léonore, ou l’Amour conjugal by Gaveaux in New York and Washington, Le Sacre de Napoléon by Méhul in Grenoble, Nîmes, Versailles, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and L’Heure espagnole with in Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble, Évian, Soissons with Les Siècles under the baton of François-Xavier Roth, Alceste at the Lyon Opera, La Traviata, Les Huguenots and Les Troyens at the Paris Opera, La Reine de Chypre by Halévy at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Légende du Roi dragon in Lille, Faust (Méphistophélès) with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières under the baton of Jacques Lacombe, Rinaldo with the Kammerorchester Basel at the Halle Händel Festival, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and in Basel, Ein deutsches Requiem with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal…
Among his main future engagements: La Traviata at the Paris National Opera, La Flûte enchantée (Sarastro) in Versailles and Avignon, Les Huguenots at the Grand Théâtre in Genève, Guillaume Tell (Melcthal) in Lyon, L’Amour des trois oranges in Nancy, La Légende du Roi dragon by Arthur Lavandier in Bordeaux, Carmen at the Opéra Comique and in Beijing…
Tomislav Lavoie is supported by the Fondation Cédric Ferguson and the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.
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Photo credits – © Brent Calis