DION MAZEROLLE

Baritone

BIOGRAPHY

Baritone Dion Mazerolle has received critical acclaim for his “smooth voice, assured and at once both thunderous and nuanced” (Messiah) and “great wit and charm” in the title role of Salieri’s Falstaff with Toronto’s Voicebox: Opera in Concert with Aradia Ensemble.

A native of New Brunswick, Dion has earned praise for a wide range of operatic roles.

 

His 2013 debut as Lord Cecil in Britten’s Gloriana with Toronto’s Voicebox:Opera in Concert established his reputation as a superb singing actor. Dion showed his gift for comedy as Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, touring Eastern Canada and displayed his darker side as the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann in an extensive European tour as well as with Opera-Theatre de Rimouski.

 

In April 2017, Dion debuts with the Canadian Opera Company as F.X. Lemieux in their production of Harry Somers’ acclaimed Louis Riel, followed by performances at the National Arts Centre and with Opera de Quebec. Dion recently starred as Ramos in the world premiere of The Trials of Patricia Isasa with Montreal’s acclaimed contemporary opera company Chants Libres, and began his 2017/18 season as The Mandarin with Edmonton Opera’s Turandot.

 

Concert performances for this dynamic singer include Bach’s Easter Oratorio with Montreal’s renowned Ensemble Caprice, Messiah with Ivars Taurins, conductor, at Lameque Baroque Festival, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with North Bay Symphony, as well as Montreal performances of Haydn’s Creation and Carmina Burana.

 

In 2018, Dion debuts as a guest soloist with Grand Philharmonic Choir in Bach’s St. John Passion.

 

In Messiah at the Lameque Baroque Festival –

“But the grand prize among the soloists belonged without doubt to Acadian bass baritone Dion Mazerolle. Never have we heard such fine singing. Expansive with his smooth voice, assured, and at once both thunderous and nuanced. This [bass] baritone has no need to envy Ildebrando D’Archangelo, Mariusz Kwiecien and the other excellent baritones of the world, as he is now taking his place among the greats.”

Martin Roy, Acadie Nouvelle

SELECTED ROLES

Falstaff | Falstaff

Mandarin | Turandot

Dulcamara | L'elisir d'Amore

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Bach | Easter Oratorio

Beethoven | Ninth Symphony

Handel | Messiah

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Mar 201y

 

 

AUDIO

Brahms

Herr, lehre doch mich

Ein deutsches Requiem

Dion Mazerolle, Baritone

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

RESUME

Opera

2017

F.X. Lemieux (Louis Riel)

Bishop Tache (Louis Riel)†

F.X. Lemieux (Louis Riel)

F.X. Lemieux (Louis Riel)

Morales/Dancairo (Carmen)

Dosifey (Khovanschina)

2016

Ramos (The Trials of Patricia Isasa)

Falstaff (Falstaff)

Malatesta (Don Pasquale)

Mandarin (Turandot)

2015

Bogdanovich (The Merry Widow)

Villains (Les contes d'Hoffmann)

Father (Louise)

2014

Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

La folie (Le reve de Gregoire)

Narrator (Evangeline)

2013

Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

Danilo (The Merry Widow)

Capulet (Romeo et Juliette)

Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance)

Lord Cecil (Gloriana)

2012

Tonio (Pagliacci)

Dulcamara (Elisir d'amore)

Father Felicien (Evangeline)

Thomas Andrews (Titanic)

Colline (La Boheme)

Germont (La Traviata)

2011

Mathurin (Cécile et Lucas)

Zurga (Les pécheurs de perles)

Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte)

2010

Dulcamara (Elisir d'amore)

Dulcamara (Elisir d'amore)

2009

Priest (And the Rat Laughed)

Lerida (La veuve joyeuse)

Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas)

2008

Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

2006

Villains (Les contes d'Hoffman)

2005

Villains (Les contes d'Hoffman)

Ferdinand (The Tempest)

2004

Hadji (Lakmé)

Schaunard (La Boheme)

2002

Captain Corcoran (HMS Pinafore)

Schaunard (La Boheme)

2001

Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande)

2000

Escamillo (Carmen)

Escamillo (Carmen)

Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Liberto (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Le Geôlier (Dialogues des Carmélites)

Montano (Otello)

 

Somers

Somers

Somers

Somers

Bizet

Mussorgsky

 

Norderval

Salieri

Donizetti

Puccini

 

Lehar

Offenbach

Charpentier

 

Rossini

Michaud

Doroschuk

 

Rossini

Lehar

Gounod

Sullivan

Britten

 

Leoncavallo

Donizetti

Doroschuk

Maury Yeston

Puccini

Verdi

 

Quesnel

Bizet

Mozart

 

Donizetti

Donizetti

 

Milch-Sheriff

Lehar

Purcell

 

Rossini

 

Offenbach

 

Offenbach

Hoiby

 

Delibes

Puccini

 

Sullivan

Puccini

 

Debussy

 

Bizet

Bizet

Rossini

Monteverdi

Poulenc

Verdi

 

Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company

National Arts Centre

Opéra de Quebec

Societe d'art lyrique de Royaume

Opera in Concert

 

Chants Libres, Montreal

Opera in Concert

Opera York

Edmonton Opera

 

Edmonton Opera

Opera-theatre de Rimouski

Voicebox:Opera in Concert

 

Opera York, Toronto

Chants Libres, Montreal

Opera-theatre de Rimouski

 

Capital City Opera, Ottawa

Opera York, Toronto

Opéra Immédiat, Montréal

Opera Lyra Ottawa

Opera in Concert, Toronto

 

Opéra Immédiat, Montréal

Festival culturel italienne de Montréal

Festival Opéra de St Eustache, QC

Opera-theatre de Rimouski

Capital City Opera, Ottawa

Opéra Immédiat, Montréal

 

Festival Opéra de St Eustache, QC

Opéra Immédiat, Montréal

Opera York, Toronto

 

Jeunesses Musicales du Canada tour

Opéra Immédiat, Montréal

 

Opera York, Toronto

Opéra bouffe du Quebec, Laval

Festival Montréal Baroque

 

Opera York, Toronto

 

European Tour

 

Brasov Opera, Romania

Pacific Opera Victoria

 

Opera Ontario

Opera Ontario

 

Orlando Opera

Orlando Opera

 

L'Opéra de Montréal

 

Opera in Concert

Opera New Brunswick

L'Opéra de Montréal

L'Opéra de Montréal

L'Opéra de Montréal

L'Opéra de Montréal

VIDEO

Verdi

La Traviata

Opéra Immédiat, Montréal

Mozart

Hai gia vinta la causa

Le Nozze di Figaro

Floyd

I'm a Lonely Man

Susannah

Massenet

Vision fugitive

Hérodiade

Oratorio & Concert

2016

Messiah*

Messiah

Easter Oratorio

2015

Ninth Symphony

Songs of Travel

Messiah

Messiah*

2014

Messiah

The Creation

St Mathieu Passion

St Mathieu Passion

Requiem

2013

Carmina Burana

Requiem

Requiem

2012

The Creation

Hodie

Liebeslieder Walzer

Ein deutsches Requiem

2011

Ein deutsches Requiem

Ballet de l.impatience

Coronation Mass

Messiah

2010

Messiah

Vesna Cantata

2009

Messiah

Seven Last words of Christ

2008

Christmas Oratorio

Christmas Oratorio

Recital

Gala Recital

Winterreise

1999 – 2007

Cantata

Le chant du voyageur

50th Anniversary Gala Concert

Dettiger Te Deum

Cantata Apollo e Dafne

Mass in C

Cantata No. 45

Easter Oratorio

Requiem

Coronation Mass

Christmas Oratorio

Cantatas Nos. 79, 106, 120

Messiah

Requiem

 

Handel

Handel

Bach

 

Beethoven

Vaughan Williams

Handel

Handel

 

Handel

Haydn

Bach

Bach

Verdi

 

Orff

Mozart

Verdi

 

Haydn

Vaughan Williams

Brahms

Brahms

 

Brahms

Charpentier

Mozart

Handel

 

Handel

Rachmaninov

 

Handel

Dubois

 

Saint-Saens

Bach

Mahler, Poulenc, Debussy

Mahler, Poulenc, Debussy

Schubert

 

Telemann

Various

Various

Handel

Handel

Beethoven

Bach

Bach

Fauré

Mozart

Saint-Saens

Bach

Handel

Duruflé, Fauré

 

Pax Christi Chorale

Menno Singers/Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Ensemble Caprice, Montreal

 

North Bay Symphony Orchestra

North Bay Symphony Orchestra

Lameque Baroque Festival

Pax Christi Chorale

 

Aradia Ensemble, Toronto

Choeur Classique de Montreal

King’s College Choir, Halifax

King’s College Choir, Lunenburg

Choeur de l’UQAM, Montreal

 

Chœur Vaudreuil-Soulange, Montreal

Toronto Choral Society

Choeur d’ete de Montreal

 

Choeur de l’UQAM, Montreal

Musica Orbium, Montreal

Opera Hamilton

Toronto Choral Society and Scarborough Philharmonic

 

Musica Orbium, Montreal

Festival Montreal Baroque

Chœur Vaudreuil-Soulange, Montreal

Symphony New Brunswick

 

Toronto Choral Society

Toronto Choral Society and Scarborough Philharmonic

 

Chœur Opus Novum

Chœur Opus Novum

 

Carleton University Choir, Ottawa

Bishop's University Choir

Festival on the Hill, Fredericton NB

Anna Malenfant Festival, Moncton NB

Barachois Summer Festival, NB

 

Lameque International Baroque Festival

Barachois Summer Festival, NB

CBC-SRC-Atlantic, Moncton NB

University Of Moncton Orchestra & Choir

Societe de musique ancienne de Montreal (SMAM)

Choeur et orchestre de Laval

Choeur et Orchestre de l'Estrie, Montreal

Choeur et Orchestre de l'Estrie, Montreal

Choeur Mélodium, Montreal

Choeur Anima Musica, Montreal

Choeur Anima Musica, Montreal

Choeur Mélodium / Choeur Anima Musica, Montreal

Choeur et Orchestra de l'Université de Montréal

Choeur Anima Musica, Montreal

 

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REVIEWS

In Falstaff with Opera in Concert –

“Singing the lead in Opera in Concert’s appealing, good-natured production, baritone Dion Mazerolle brought great wit and charm to the proceedings, the breadth of his warm, attractive instrument exceeded only by a hefty layer of body padding.”

Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto

 

In Messiah at the Lameque Baroque Festival –

“But the grand prize among the soloists belonged without doubt to Acadian bass baritone Dion Mazerolle. Never have we heard such fine singing. Expansive with his smooth voice, assured, and at once both thunderous and nuanced. This [bass] baritone has no need to envy Ildebrando D’Archangelo, Mariusz Kwiecien and the other excellent baritones of the world, as he is now taking his place among the greats.”

Martin Roy, Acadie Nouvelle

 

In Louise with Opera in Concert –

"Dion Mazerolle showed off his wonderful top notes in his dramatic scenes after the interval."

Leslie Barcza, BarczaBlog.com

 

“...vocally resonant and assertive, dramatically commanding. His character’s starkly defined passage from contentment and resignation to spite, rage and savagery over the course of two utterly detached acts required supreme concentration and nimble artistic instincts. Mazerolle astonished, setting Act IV ablaze with fury, then quickly extinguishing the flames, abruptly seguing to the stillness and quietude of Reste... repose-toi ('Stay here... stay and rest'). Time froze. Mazerolle mesmerized.”

OperaGoTo.com

 

As Père Felicien in Evangeline with L’Opera-Theatre de Rimouski –

“Dion Mazerolle’s rich, dignified voice, combined with his intelligent stagecraft brought true depth to the role of Père Felicien.”

Simon Rivard, L’Opera - Revue quebecoise d’art lyrique

 

As the Fool in Le Reve de Gregoire with Chants Libres, Montreal –

"...Dion Mazerolle portrays the character of The Fool with undeniable mastery..."

Lucie Renaud, Jeu

 

 

As Sir Robert Cecil in Gloriana with Voicebox:Opera in Concert –

“Sir Robert Cecil is sung by Dion Mazerolle, a fine, resonant baritone, his voice an iron fist in a velvet glove”

OperaGoTo.com

 

 

As Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera York –

“Dion Mazerolle as Don Alfonso, was the vocal star of the evening, showing delicate pianissimos in the famous trio, articulating his words flawlessly, and lending a genuine sense of maturity to the proceedings.”

Leslie Barcza, Barczablog

 

As the Priest in And the Rat Laughed with Opera York

“A local Catholic priest, sung by baritone Dion Mazerolle in a powerful performance, eventually saves her.”

Joseph So, Opera Canada

 

 

As Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande with Opera de Montreal –

“But the real star was Dion Mazerolle in his compelling portrayal of Golaud, whose personality changes were vibrantly characterized with insight and sensitivity, from the tenderly caring hunter of Act I to the abusive, half-crazed husband of Act IV to the remorseful widower at the end.”

Robert Markow

 

“La supplique d'Énée, par le baryton Dion Mazerolle, a remporté des salves d'applaudissements.”

François Cavaillès

 

As Ferdinand in The Tempest with Pacific Opera Victoria –

“Frédérique Vézina as Miranda, together with Dion Mazerolle as Ferdinand were disarmingly sweet as the young lovers, especially given the fact that I saw it on Valentine’s Day. Both had strong, supple voices that blended gorgeously.”

Robert Mitchell, CBC

 

 

As Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera York –

“Dion Mazerolle as Figaro was simply delightful. The melodies and text just rolled of the tongue with an incredible ease, and the gestures all were so genuine. He even could play the guitar for real! He simply was Figaro!”

Gabriele Schick, Echo germanica

 

“Heading the cast was Montreal baritone Dion Mazerolle as Figaro, a role he had previously sung in Germany. The best among the principals, Mazerolle acted with panache and sang quite well…”

Joseph So, Opera Canada

 

As Schaunard in La Boheme with Opera Ontario –

“Dion Mazerolle's light, firm baritone makes a memorable character of the easy-going Schaunard.”

Christopher Hoile, Stage Door