"A model of elegance" (Avant Scène Opéra) - "Warm and rich voice" (Bachtrack) - His "prodigious baritone ... fills the entire stage with his charisma: powerful voice, convincing acting, instantaneous connection with the audience" (L’Opéra): Acclaimed for his velvety timbre and outstanding stage presence, young French-Canadian baritone Hugo Laporte regularly performs across Europe, North America and Asia. He will make his debut at Teatro alla Scala in 2023.
Among Hugo Laporte’s recent roles were Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Belcore (L'elisir d'amore) at Opéra de Québec, Phantom (Phantom of the Opera – in French) at Montreal’s Théâtre St-Denis and Grand Théâtre de Québec, and the Prosecutor (Another Brick in the Wall) at Toronto’s Meridian Hall, Mozart’s Great Mass conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Handel’s Messiah with Orchestre Classique de Montréal at St Joseph’s Oratory, Brahms’ Liebeslieder at Festival Classica and several gala concerts, recitals and concerts at festivals around North America. He also takes part in the complete recording of Massenet’s songs with the label ATMA, alongside artists such as Marie-Nicole Lemieux.
In recent seasons, he sang on Opéra de Québec’s stage where he offered an unequivocal “top-class” Albert (Werther). In 2018, he portrayed a “majestic” Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera – in French) in Montreal, and made two house debuts with his highly-praised Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) at Opéra de Montréal and Schaunard (La Bohème) with Opera de Massy. Hugo Laporte portrayed several roles, notably Figaro (Barber of Seville) and Escamillo (Carmen) at Société d'Art Lyrique de Royaume, Moralès/Dancaïre (Carmen) at Theater Regensburg and OSM and Riff (West Side Story, in concert).
Hugo Laporte has appeared with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, Moscow’s Helikon-Opera, Minsk National Opera Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, National Arts Center Orchestra and Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra; in venues such as Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Shanghai Daning Theater, Qingdao Grand Theater, Baotou Grand Theater; and festivals such as Festival de Lanaudière, OSM Classical spree, Montreal Bach Festival, Festival d’Opéra de Québec, and Festival Orford.
In addition to opera, he frequently performs in sacred works such as Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, J.S. Bach's St Matthew’s Passion, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile, and G. Finzi’s In Terra Pax.
Hugo Laporte received awards in several competitions, including the "Teatro alla Scala" prize at Belvedere Competition in Austria, Grand prize of OSM Competition, 1st prize at Canadian Music Competition, 3rd prize at Prix d’Europe and 3rd prize - mélodie - at Marmande competition. He received several grants and engagements by the International opera program "Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques", including the Young Canadian Opera Hope award. Hugo Laporte holds a master’s degree with honors in Music (Vocal studies) at Université Laval, Québec. He studied with soprano Patricia Fournier, and also trained with several renowned teachers such as Ghinka Radilova, Antonio Carangelo, Benita Valente, and Jean-François Lapointe. He wants to sincerely thank La Relève Musicale de Québec for their support during his studies, and "Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques" international opera program for supporting his career.