Personalities | Léopold Simoneau | Modern Era | Opera

1916–2006, Canadian

One of the great Mozartian tenors of his age, Simoneau married French-Canadian soprano Pierrette Alarie. They went to Europe, where he sang at the Paris Opéra, Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne and London’s Covent Garden. In 1952, Simoneau sang in a historic recording of Oedipus Rex, with Stravinsky conducting and librettist Jean Cocteau as narrator. He then gave recitals with pianist Glenn Gould, before making his Met debut as Don Ottavio in 1963. Following his retirement in 1970, Simoneau was appointed Quebec’s Minister of Culture, which led to the opening of L’Opéra de Québec.

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