Magazine article Opera Canada

Etienne Dupuis

Magazine article Opera Canada

Etienne Dupuis

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When talking to or about Etienne Dupuis, banish any preconceived ideas or perceptions about modern opera singers. In many respects Dupuis is the epitome of what a young, modern artist should be: an accomplished musician, the possessor of a gorgeously colored and expressive voice (in his case a burnished baritone), a communicative and committed stage personality and the definition of tall, dark and handsome. And yet he remains more than the sum of his parts.

He is one of the most intelligent and engaging men you will encounter. (Should you doubt me, I urge those who read French to check out his blog at etiennedupuis.blogspot.com. During our lunchtime conversation, he passionately discussed the evolution of the operaindustry, the incomprehension and fear the term opera provokes in many, his role and responsibilities as an interpretative artist and the personal and professional challenges his craft demands of him. He does so with an infectious smile, affectionate anecdotes and total lack of pretention. "Basically I believe in human beings, and realized long ago that if you wanted to be a good artist, you first had to be a good human being. This metier demands that you work on yourself constantly."

We talked after he had returned from Tours in France and a hugely successful Valentin in Gounod's Faust to perform Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Marc David and I'Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and days before starting rehearsals as Marcello in Puccini's La hohhne for I'Opera de Montreal. His conversation is sprinkled with words such as respect ("It is my duty and my desire to respect the composer's writing"), judgemental ("I try not to be judgemental, it is so rarely a positive sentiment") and integrity ("I hope that if I am criticized, it is not because I lack personal or professional integrity"). …

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