JACQUES-OLIVIER CHARTIER

Tenor

BIOGRAPHY

Quebec tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier is known for his beautiful sound and elegant singing in a wide variety of vocal styles. A former member of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, he has earned critical acclaim for the “poise and pathos” of his

interpretive skills.

 

As a Winner of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s inaugural Vocal Competition in 2016, Jacques-Olivier recently debuted with this prestigious ensemble as tenor soloist in Zelenka’s Missa Omnium, under the baton of conductor Ivars Taurins.

 

Highlights of his busy 2016/17 season include Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir, “Quatre Cantates de Bach” with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with I Musici de Montreal,  St. Matthew Passion with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Orchestre Symphonique de L’Estuaire in Rimouski, Quebec.

 

Recent oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem with Jacques Lacombe and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Bach’s B Minor Mass for Owen Sound’s Sweetwater Festival under the direction of Kenneth Slowik and also for Ottawa Bach Choir with conductor Lisette Canton, and Christmas Oratorio for Montreal’s Choeur Polyphonique with conductor Louis Lavigueur.

 

Career highlights for Mr. Chartier include a six-concert tour as the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Orchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet Séguin, and his Carnegie Hall debut in a Purcell program under Richard Egarr (The Academy of Ancient Music). Jacques-Olivier has been a guest artist with the Montreal Bach Festival, Orchestre de Laval, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Seattle’s Pacific Musicworks, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival as well as with New Brunswick’s Lameque Baroque Festival.

 

In 2017, Jacques-Olivier joins the cast of Carmen as Remendado with Société d’art Lyrique du Royaume .

 

Recent appearances on the operatic stage include Nelligan by André Gagnon with Opéra de Québec, Aristée/Pluton in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers with Société d’art Lyrique du Royaume, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Orchestre de la Francophonie under Jean-Philippe Tremblay, and Zémire et Azor by André Grétry with Opéra de Montréal, as well as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under Jean-Francois Rivest.

 

Jacques- Olivier began his musical training at nine years of age at the Petits Chanteurs de la Maîtrise du Québec (Pueri Cantores) and received his Masters and Bachelor of Music from  the Université de Montréal in both Opera and Early Music.  Mr. Chartier continued his vocal studies with Andreas Scholl in the Advanced Studies program at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland and the Britten-Pears School of Music in Aldeburgh, England

2016 TAFELMUSIK VOCAL COMPETITION – TENOR WINNER

 

Bach’s St. John Passion with Portland Baroque Orchestra –

“Tenor Jacques Olivier Chartier sang an impassioned, soft aria whose overall meaning became clear through his realization of the music.”

Oregon News

SELECTED ROLES

Ali | Zemir et Azor

Aristee/Pluton | Orphee aux Enfees

Ferrando | Cosi fan Tutte

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

BachSt. John Passion

Bach | Christmas Oratorio

Mozart | Requiem

Jacques-Olivier Chartier, Tenor

RESUME

Oratorio & Concert

2016

St. Matthew Passion

Mass in C Minor

2016

Miserere

Dixit Dominus

Mass in C Minor

Cantatas

Miserere

Dixit Dominus

Cantata #66

Messiah

Christmas Oratorio

Requiem

2015

Christmas Oratorio

Vespers

B Minor Mass (arias)

B Minor Mass (arias)

Requiem

Magnificat

2014

Italian Baroque Music program

Vanitas Vanitatum

Christmas Oratorio (Evangelist)

Cantatas BWV 62,94, 133

Cantatas BWV 48,49, 188

Solomon

Madrigals Book #8

Die Schöpfung (Uriel)

2013

Messiah

Cantata BWV 55

Early German cantatas

Israel in Egypt

Motets

Theodora (Messenger)

Te Deum

French lute songs recital (Airs de cour)

German Cantatas

Stabat Mater

Le Reniement de St-Pierre (Jesus)

Lagrime di San Pietro

Cantata BWV 4, 78

2012

Messiah

Magnificat

Selva Morale ed Spirituale

Mass in B Minor

Liebeslieder Walzer

St. John Passion (recits)

St. Matthew Passion (arias)

Christmas Oratorio (Evangelist)

Coffee cantata

Te Deum

2011

“Odes, Anthems”

St John Passion (arias)

St Matthew Passion (arias)

 

Bach

Mozart

 

Zelenka

Handel

Mozart

Bach

Zelenka

Handel

Bach

Handel

Bach

Mozart

 

Bach

Praetorious

Bach

Bach

A. Campra

C.P.E Bach

 

Carissimi

Carissimi

Bach

Bach

Bach

Handel

Monteverdi

Haydn

 

Handel

Bach

Buxtehude

Handel

Pachelbel

Handel

Lully

Moulinié, Lambert

Kuhnau

D.Scarlatti

Charpentier

Lassus

Bach

 

Handel

Bach

Monteverdi

Bach

 

Bach

Bach

Bach

Bach

Charpentier

 

Pucell

Bach

Bach

 

Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa

Orchestre symphonique de L'Estuaire, Rimouski

 

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto

Grand Philharmonic Choir, Kitchener

Grand Philharmonic Choir

Les Violons du Roy, Quebec

Ensemble Telemann, Montreal

Ensemble Telemann

Ensemble Telemann

Chorus Niagara, St. Catharine's

I Musici de Montreal

Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières

 

Choeur Polyphonique, Montreal

Early Music Guild Vancouver (US tour)

Ottawa Bach Choir

Sweetwater Music Festival, Owen Sound

Les Violons du Roy, Quebec City

Sinfonia Symphony Ensemble, Montreal

 

Early Music Guild Vancouver

Ottawa Chamber Fest

Sinfonia Symphony ensemble

Arte Musica Foundation, Montreal

Canadian International Organ Competition

Les Violons du Roy

Montreal Baroque Festival

Sinfonia Symphony Ensemble

 

Laval Symphony Orchestra

Montreal Bach Festival

Theatre of Early Music

Early Music Vancouver

Lameque Festival, New Brunswick

Les Violons du Roy

Grand chœur de Montreal

Ottawa Chamber Music

Theatre of Early Music

Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy

SMAM at Carnegie Hall

Theatre of Early Music

 

Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra

I Musici de Montreal

Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

Chœur classique de Montreal

Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy at Carnegie Hall

Ottawa Bach Choir

Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal

McGill Chamber Orchestra

Pacific Musicworks

 

Recital with Michael Chance, Daniel Taylor, Toronto

Portland Baroque Orchestra

King's College Halifax

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Oct 2016

 

 

AUDIO

Bach

Mein Herz (Recit); Erwäge

St John Passion

 

Leoncavallo

O Colombina
Pagliacci

 

Rameau

Fatal Amour
Pygmalion

 

Handel

Waft her, angels
Jephtha

 

Offenbach

La Chanson d'Aristée

Orphée aux enfers

Opera

2017

Remendado (Carmen)

2015

Ali (Zémire et Azor)

2014

Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte)

2013

Pluton/Aristée (Orphée aux Enfers)

Shepherd (King Arthur)

2012

Charles Gill (Nelligan)

2011

Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte)*

2010

Tito (La clemenza di Tito)

Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni)

 

Bizet

 

Grétry

 

Mozart

 

Offenbach

Purcell

 

Gagnon

 

Mozart

 

Mozart

Mozart

 

Société de l'art lyrique de Royaume, Rimouski

 

Atelier Lyrique Opéra de Montréal

 

Orchestre de la Francophonie

 

Société d'art lyrique du Royaume

Les Violons du Roy

 

Opéra de Québec

 

Orford Festival

 

Université de Montréal

Université de Montréal

* Excerpts

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2015 | Advanced Studies - Britten-Pears School of Music under Andreas Scholl, England

2014-15 | Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal (Opéra de Montréal Young Artists Program )

2013 | Ergänzungsstudium (Advanced Studies ) under Ulrich Messthaler - Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland

2012 | Master of Music, Voice Performance – Université de Montréal

2010 | Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance – Université de Montréal

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

2015 | Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, England

2014 | Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, New York

2013 | Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, Switzerland

 

AWARDS

2010–11 | Charles-Emile Gadbois Scholarship for French Music (1st Prize: French Opera; 2nd Prize: French melodies)

2009 | Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra Competition, Jacques Lacombe conducting

REVIEWS

Bach’s St. John Passion with Portland Baroque Orchestra –

“Tenor Jacques Olivier Chartier sang an impassioned, soft aria whose overall meaning became clear through his

realization of the music.”

Oregon News

 

“I truly could not believe that tenor Jacques Olivier Chartier is only 23 years old.  His poise and the pathos he was able to bring to his solo ‘Mein Herz’ was impressive.”

Classical Hipster, Portland

 

Bach Cantatas Complete Cycle with Arte Musica Foundation –

“As for Jacques-Olivier Chartier (26 years old), each time, the poise of his interpretation really surprised us. Everything is there to get him to a level of excellence who will open the doors to a wonderful career, in this country and beyond.”

Revue l'Opéra

 

Handel Festival concert with Portland Baroque –

“Tenor Jacques Olivier Chartier is an Evangelist-in-waiting. The tone quality, the expressiveness, the technique are all there.”

The Gathering Notes, Seattle

 

As the Evangelist in Christmas Oratorio with Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre Métropolitain Choir –

“The newcomer tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier performed the Evangelist's recitatives with a perfectly high, straight voice.”

La Presse

 

“Light tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier is a good Evangelist.”

Le Devoir

 

“The young tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier delivered a Messiah with easiness and confidence.”

Le Nouvelliste

 

Bach’s St. John Passion Recording – 

“Jacques-Olivier Chartier offers excellent singing in a traditional, pleasant ‘Bach tenor’ like those of specialists Theo Altmeyer and Kurt Equiluz.”

Opera News NY

 

“At the same time such singing as this here by Jacques-Olivier Chartier is spontaneous, alive and with every effort to be 'real' and immediate, rather than oratorical. Again, couldn't this be close to how Bach imagined his work should be received at its first performance?”

Music Web international

 

Christmas Oratorio with Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre Métropolitain Choir –

“The second highlight was, in fact, the duets, particularly between violin solo Yukari Cousineau and Chartier in the tenor aria of Cantata No. 4.”

ConcertoNet.com

 

“Jacques-Olivier Chartier, a tenor with a cutting sound production, gave us solid performances.”

Le Devoir

 

As the Messenger in Handel’s Theodora with Les Violons du Roy –

“Jacques-Olivier Chartier made a steady Messenger...”

The Gazette