Opera Canada is proud to announce the three distinguished honourees who will receive the 2018 Opera Canada Awards for their exemplary contributions to the industry: Wayne Gooding, opera educator and Editor, Opera Canada (1994-2017) Dominique Labelle, soprano and vocal pedagogue Alexander Neef, General Director, Canadian Opera Company and Artistic Director, Santa Fe Opera Selected by a committee […]
“After intermission, it was all G.F. Handel sung by soprano Dominique Labelle who teaches voice at McGill University in Canada. She sang two Handel Arias, HMV 204-5 and a long Bach Cantata, BWV 82, which provided a rich meditation on death. Labelle expertly caught the joy beyond resignation that the music yearns for in a […]
“The group’s performance was a landmark for me, the kind of concert you don’t forget. This was due largely to the profoundly beautiful singing of soprano Dominique Labelle…Her sound came out of the air and went back into the air with passion…a great musical conjurer.” — Read more at berkshirereview.net.
“Labelle showed she has lost nothing in this regard during her time away from the festival. Her voice is still remarkable for its depth of timbre and its many colours, the strong gleaming high notes and equal power across its range…” — Read more at Bachtrack.
“Love may make the world go ‘round, but it also provided creative grist for the mills of baroque composers…Steffani’s Guardati O Core warns of Cupid’s fateful arrow, with Montreal-born soprano Dominique Labelle easily navigating the florid ornamentation and tripping runs during each of her arias.” — Read more at Winnipeg Free Press.
“Labelle has a wonderful voice for this repertoire, clear and light but with plenty of staying power for the extended vocal displays; and the instrumental playing that backs her up is impeccable.” — Read more at infodad.com.
“…a gorgeous, full voice that is quite captivating in each of the works…The music here is really quite compelling, made more so by Labelle’s interpretation and beautiful voice.” — Read more at Cinemusical.
“Dominique Labelle is impressively featured in three cantatas that provide many of the album’s delights…Labelle sings with a plumy tone, judiciously using vibrato when it best serves the music but never subjecting the listener to the disembodied tone of other early music specialists. Hers is a beautiful full lyric soprano voice and the results of […]
“Tenor Thomas Cooley brought the first shadings of darkness and potential consolation to the stage. Singing over the murmurous strings, he shaded lines about “distresses” and “deep afflictions” with an amber mournfulness…Soprano Dominque Labelle joined the excitement part way through, her voice rising in lustrous and urgent descant…From the first, swaggering entrance of the trombones […]