The extraordinary Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle will be the featured soloist on Musica Pacifica’s upcoming SFEMS series concert. October, 29th, 30th & 31st.
Born in Montreal, Dominique Labelle first came to international prominence as Donna Anna in Peter Sellar’s stunning PepsiCo Summerfare Festival production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, set in Spanish Harlem, which she performed in New York, Paris and Vienna. Since then she has been acclaimed in a repertoire that ranges from Bach to 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner Yehudi Wyner. She has worked with conductors from Boulez to Zinman, and orchestras from Atlanta to San Francisco. She is a regular guest soloist in Europe.
Whether in opera, in concert, in recital, or in oratorio, the luminous beauty of her charismatic stage presence is unmistakable. The San Francisco Chronicle called Handel’s Belshazzar “a stunner even among the lofty company of Handel’s other oratorios”, and in a performance by Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra gave top vocal honors to Labelle who sang Nitocris “with a glorious combination of dramatic fervor, tonal luxuriance and pinpoint accuracy.”
The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald have agreed, “none can top her performing Bach”. Of his St. Matthew Passion the Herald reviewer noted “Labelle singing ‘Aus Liebe’ in the second half of this extremely long program, made everyone forget how long they were sitting”. Following a performance of Bach’s Cantata no. 202, a Boston Globe critic wrote, “Really, everybody needs more Dominique in their lives. There’s operatic glamour in the voice and technique and control to burn”
Further highlighting her wide-ranging repertoire are acclaimed performances of Mahler, “irreproachable accuracy, grace, and ease mark her interpretation”, of Verdi’s Requiem “Astonishing distinction… Her tiny stature producing the ‘sound’ of a great Verdi soprano” and of Wyner’s songs “mesmerizing beauty of tone, mastery of line, and intensity of focus making a deliciously evocative experience.”
Her many recordings, with repertoire from the 17th to the 21st centuries, appear on Virgin Veritas, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, RCA Victor Red Seal, Koss, Denon, New World, and Muisica Omnia labels. Her recording of Handel’s Arminio won the 2002 Handel Prize. Increasingly many of these may be found on iTunes and other download services.
Ms. Labelle lives in central Massachusetts with her husband and two children, loves her garden with its fish pond, is an avid knitter who spins her own wool, and enjoys baking, with a special interest in lemon pie.
Dominique is related to Dame Emma Albani DBE, a leading soprano of the 19th and early 20th century who was the first Canadian singer to become an international star. Labelle is a National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera competition, and the recipient of a George London Foundation Award and Boston University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dominique will be performing with Musica Pacifica on the SFEMS Concert Series on October 29th, 30th and 31st.