French-Canadian bass-baritone Simon Chalifoux completed his master’s degree at Université de Montréal, under the tutelage of John Fanning. In 2016-2017 he was part of Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program.
His most recent performances include Quince, A Midsumer Night’s Dream ; Papageno, Die Zauberflöte ; Colline, La Bohème ; Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro ; Gremin, Eugene Onegin ; Harasta et Farar, Cunning Little Vixen ; Zuniga, Carmen ; Georges Benton, Dead Man Walking ; Dr. Gibbs, Our Town. He also sang the bass and Jesus in Bach St.John Passion.
Upcoming engagements include a recital at Café d’Art Vocal in May 2018, Sarastro (The Magic Flute) in July 2018 in Hamilton, Bach’s Coffee Cantata for Stratford Summer Music Festival in July 2018 and the title role in the new opera of Michel Gonneville l’Hypothèse Caïn in February 2019 in Montreal.
When Simon is not singing, he does intellectual and cultural mediation, using music and philosophy to promote social inclusion for people at risk of exclusion. He’s also fighting against social inequities and for social justice and is trying to embody intersectional feminism as best as he can.
Sung role :
- Capelio, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini
- Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Britten
- Zuniga, Carmen, Bizet
- Papa Costanza, Filumena, Estacio
- La basse, Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse, Evangelista
- Duc de Vérone, Roméo et Juliette, Gounod
- George Benton, Dead Man Walking, Heggie
- Harasta, Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek
- Parson, Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek
- Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart
- Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart
- Simone, Gianni Schicchi, Puccini
- Colline, La bohème, Puccini
- Il Mandarino, Turandot, Puccini
- Dr Gibbs, Our Town, Rorem
- Don Parmenione, L'Occasione fà il ladro, Rossini
- Gremin, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovski