DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2010 Grant Recipient
Classical Voice Winner
Emanuel Lebel is a 25-year-old student at Université Laval who will commence his second year of a Masters program in classical voice this autumn. A baritone, M. Lebel is a graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, and has been singing as a member of professional choirs of Opéra de Québec and Orchestre symphonique de Québec for a number of years. He has also given numerous solo performances in opera and ensemble productions in the Quebec City region.
In submitting the nomination for The Hnatyshyn Foundation classical voice grant, Michel Ducharme, Professor and Musical Director of the Opera Workshop of the Faculty of Music at Université Laval identified Emanuel Lebel as an exceptional performer with a magnificent, rich and personal baritone voice and, above all, who has a natural and refined musicality, a broad and diverse cultural influence (something all too rare in a person his age), musical skills that greatly surpass what one expects from a performer, a keen intellect, and boundless intellectual curiosity.
In adjudicating M. Lebel’s performance submissions, the jury for classical voice – which included: Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano, Toronto; Kim Mattice Wanat, Founder, Opera Nuova, Edmonton; and Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director, Pacific Opera, Victoria – lauded the fresh, clear resonant tone of his voice, as well as his excellent sense of phrasing, even range, and good diction. He was also commended for having a technically very secure voice, for bringing emotional depth to his performance and demonstrating good sensitivity to text.