Managing and Artistic Director
Before becoming the Opéra de Québec’s General Director, (1996), Grégoire Legendre was already its Administrative Director (1994). With a degree in Graduate Studies in Music from the Conservatoire de Québec, a Master’s in Music and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (1981) from the Université Laval, the baritone Grégoire Legendre has an impressive track record, having a more than 20 year career both as an opera singer and manager, having managed close fifty Opéra de Québec productions.
As a singer on the international scene (Switzerland, France, Portugal, Spain, United States) and across Canada, he has held 35 roles in more than 65 productions, so he is very familiar with the workings and requirements of an opera production. In Québec, he has regularly collaborated with the Opéra de Montréal (Capulet, Roméo et Juliette; Schaunard, La Bohème; The Marquis de la Force, Dialogues des Carmélites; Guglielmo, Cosi fan tutte; Doctor Falke, Die Fledermaus; The Baron, La Vie parisienne), the Opéra de Québec (Figaro, The Marriage of Figaro; Lescaut, Manon; Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor; Papageno, The Magic Flute; Belcore, L’Elisir d’amore), as well as with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (Prince Yeletsky, La Dame de pique), the Orchestre Métropolitain (The Count, The Marriage of Figaro), the Festival de Lanaudière (Mitioukh and Varlaam, Boris Godounov; Skoula, Prince Igor), the Concerts symphoniques de Sherbrooke (Escamillo, Carmen), the Concerts populaires de la ville de Montréal (Don Gormas, Le Cid).
The Opéra de Québec is a not-for-profit organisation that presents international-calibre professional opera in Quebec City. As Managing Director, Grégoire Legendre oversees some 200 freelancers for close to six months each year. He ensures harmonious relationships between artists and artisans, heads the development of new audiences, contributes to the growth of the company and sees to its good reputation.
Since July 2003, Legendre has also assumed the artistic direction of the company. He is responsible for programming the repertoire and for all artistic decisions.
In November 2007, as part of the Quebec City’s Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture, he received the Prix de la Fondation de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec for his excellent contribution to the development of classical music in the greater Quebec City area.
In 2008, Legendre was behind bringing Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition to Quebec City. He was an observing member at Operalia in Valence in 2006, a jury member in Paris in 2007, in Québec City in 2008 and in Budapest in 2009. He was named personality of the week by SRC/Le Soleil and received the 400th medal. Plácido Domingo invited him once again to participate in the 2012 edition held in Beijing.
In 2011, Legendre launched the first Festival d’opéra de Québec featuring programming spread over two weeks. Quebec City audiences were thus able to attend the Canadian premier of Peter Brook’s adaptation of The Magic Flute, the Quebec premier of Stravinski’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables staged by Robert Lepage, and other very popular events that were offered in addition to these two major productions.
Due to the success of the Festival, Legendre was once again named personality of the week SRC/le Soleil, along with the Opéra’s President Mr. Gaston Déry.
Grégoire Legendre was named to the Order of Canada for “his contribution to the cultural and musical development of his city” in 2014 and received the Prix Hermes in 2015.