French-Canadian bass Simon Chalifoux completed his master’s degree at Université de Montréal. In 2016-2017 he was part of Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program. His most recent performances include Quince, A Midsumer Night’s Dream ; Colline, La Bohème ; Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro ; Gremin, Eugene Onegin; Harasta and Farar, Cunning Little Vixen ; Georges Benton, Dead Man Walking ; Dr. Gibbs, Our Town. He also sang the bass and Jesus in Bach St.John Passion, and the bass in Bach Coffee Cantata .
During the 2019-2020 season, he made his debut with Emdonton Opera in the title role of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. He also sang Colline (La Bohème, Puccini) in Hamilton, Schaunard (La Bohème, Leoncavallo) in Montréal, and was Leporello in the online production of Don Giovanni (Mozart) from Brott Opera.
He saw an opportunity during the actual sanitary crisis to aknowledge his privilege. He took time to self educate on the subject of racism, sexism and colonialism that plague society as much as it does the arts and culture world. He’s also creating a new dialogical art project that will deploy in Montreal's street in 2021.
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.
- Capelio, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini
- Quince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten
- Zuniga, Carmen, Bizet
- Papa Costanzo, 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
- Schaunard, La Bohème, Leoncavallo
- Leporelle, Don Giovanni, Mozart
- Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart
- Antonio, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart
- Papageno, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart
- Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart
- Simone, Gianni Schicchi, Puccini
- Colline, La bohème, Puccini
- Timur, Turandot, Puccini
- Il Mandarino, Turandot, Puccini
- Dr Gibbs, Our Town, Rorem
- Don Parmenione, L’Occasione fà il ladro, Rossini
- Martino, L’Occasione fà il ladro, Rossini
- Gremin, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovski
- St.John Passion, Bach (Bass et Jesus)
- Coffee Cantata, Bach
- Magnificat, Bach
- Messiah, Haendel
- Mass for the Children, Rutter
Learning new roles.
Learning more about injustices and how it affects our industry.
July : Leporello, Don Giovanni, Brott Opera. (Shortened version online) Info Watch
July 15th-16th : PopOpera. Brott Music Festival. (Online) Info Watch
May 5th, Gala de l’Opéra de Lévis, CANCELLED
February 1st, 4th and 7th: Figaro, Marriage of Figaro, Mozart. Edmonton Opera
November 14th : Fundraising recital, Collège Mont-Saint-Louis, Montréal. Info
August 9th : Gala concert (recital), ICAV-CVAI.
August 7th : Schaunard, La Bohème, Leoncavallo, ICAV-CVAI.
August 5th : Musique française (recital), ICAV-CVAI.
July 27th : Le Monde de l’opéra (recital), ICAV-CVAI.
July 18th : Colline, La Bohème, Puccini. Brott Opera.
July 4th : PopOpera. Brott Opera.
April 26th : Mozart est mort, Vive Mozart. Production Lenoir. Montréal
March 10th : Recital, Série Découverte, Café d’art Vocal (Les femmes en Musique)
February : Caïn, L’hypothèse Caïn, Michel Gonneville. Info
October-November : Opera Cruise.
August 8th : Gala recital, ICAV-CVAI
August 6th : Bel canto recital, ICAV-CVAI
August 1st : Opera recital, ICAV-CVAI
July 27th, 28th, 29th : Bass, Coffee Cantata, Bach.
July 18th : Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart. Brott Opera.
July 12th : PopOpera. Brott Opera.
June 23rd : Histoire de héros, St-Jean celebration concert. Info
June 10th : Opéra Bouffe du Québec gala, Maison des Arts de Laval.
May : Recital War and Peace, Série Découverte, Café d’art Vocal
March 1st, 2nd, 3rd : Quince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benjamin Britten. Université de Montréal.
February : Papageno, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart. Montréal
December 9th, 10th : Mass for the Children, John Rutter. Montréal (Petits Chanteurs de Laval)
August 12th : Concert Gala. Montréal (ICAV-CVAI)
August 10th: Simone, Gianni Schicchi, Puccini. Montréal, ICAV-CVAI.
June 25th, 29th : Faràr, Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek. Opera NUOVA
June 23rd, 27th : Harasta, Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek. Opera NUOVA
June 15th : Gremin, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky. Opera NUOVA
June 9th, 10th, 11th : Major Murgatroyd, Patience, Gilbert and Sullivan. Opera NUOVA
April 29th : St. John Passion, Bach. Festival Chorus Calgary
31 mars : Taste of the Opera, Calgary Opera
December 18th : Messiah Sing Along. Voicescape
December 9th, 10th : Le Podestat, Dr. Miracle, Bizet. Calgary Opera
August 11th : Duc de Vérone, Roméo et Juliette, Gounod. ICAV-CVAI
Marriage of Figaro, Edmonton Opera, February 2020
There were some encouraging debuts, too. Simon Chalifoux is an energetic Figaro, determined not to be phased by the events, but almost failing in the garden.
Mark Morris, February 2nd 2020
I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Opera Nuova, June 2016
«Bass Simon Chalifoux, in the role of Capellio, produced some resonant singing (...) he carried the part off.»
Mark Morris, June 16th 2016
Cendrillon, ICAV-CVAI, August 2018
«Une mention honorable mérite par ailleurs d’être attribuée au baryton-basse Simon Chalifoux qui a incarné le Modiste avec un humour fin et intelligent. »
Daniel Turp, October 15th 2018
Nozze di Figaro, Université de Montréal, February 2016
« Simon Chalifoux (...) dans le modeste emploi de jardiner, a éclipsé la distribution masculine par sa présence vocale.»
Christophe Huss, February 27 2016.
Our Town, Opera Nuova, June 2015
« Also impressive was Simon Chalifoux, a convincing bass-baritone (...). With the vocal heft to deliver the lowest notes with consistent musicality (...)»
Volume LVI, Autumn 2015
The Magic Flute, Brott Opera, July 2018
«Chalifoux’s low F sharps and an interpolated final low E in “Within these holy portals” projected easily to the back of the auditorium. »
Leonard Turnevicius, July 23rd 2018
ICAV Gala final, August 2019
La chanson humoristique de « La tourtière » (de Lionel Daunais), remarquablement bien jouée par le baryton-basse Simon Chalifoux qui arborait tablier et spatule pour ajouter encore plus de fantaisie à sa mémorable interprétation.
Daniel Raymond, August 12th 2019
Dialogical Art Project
While working for Exeko, Simon acquired an impressive mediation expertise. With this expertise, he created many tools to develop artistic project that invites the public to be full on participants. During artistic residencies or recitals, he created spaces where the participants could discuss on subject like politics, culture, society or critical thinking and use those discussions to co-create an art object. The object aims to render those discussions and exchanges between the participants.
You want to know more about my projects? Looking for a singer to amaze your guests? Have an art project in which you want us to collaborate? feel free to write to me!