Jon-Paul Décosse, “a powerful, full-throated bass-baritone” (Opera Canada), has been heralded for both his vocal and dramatic presentations in a variety of operatic and concert repertoire. Born in Ontario, he is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premiere training program for young opera professionals. During his final season as an Ensemble member, Mr. Décosse performed the roles of Sciarrone in TOSCA, Don Juan in Janáček’s FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD, and Pasquariello in Gazzaniga’s DON GIOVANNI. Most recently he was seen as Zaretski in EUGENE ONEGIN at Edmonton Opera and Wurm in LUISA MILLER with Opera Nova Scotia.
Highlights of the 2013-2014 season include the role of Pistola in FALSTAFF for Opera Hamilton, Zaretski in EUGENE ONEGIN for Edmonton Opera, Wurm in LUISA MILLER for Opera Nova Scotia and he will join the Thunder Bay Symphony for Haydn’s moving, MASS IN TIME OF WAR. Other performances have included Schaunard in LA BOHEME for the Canadian Opera Company and for Calgary Opera, Buonafede in Haydn’s IL MONDO DELLA LUNA for Opera in Concert, Papageno in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Opera New Brunswick, Don Alfonso in the COC’s Ensemble production of COSI FAN TUTTE, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Thunder Bay Symphony, MESSIAH with the Guelph Chamber Choir, Sam in TROUBLE IN TAHITI in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and Colline in BOHEME for both Opera Hamilton and Edmonton Opera.
Busy across Canada, Mr. Décosse has appeared as Marullo in RIGOLETTO for both Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London Canada, Thierry and the First Officer in Vancouver Opera’s production of Poulenc’s DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, and Charles in Allan Bell’s TURTLE WAKES for Calgary Opera.
As a graduate of the University of Toronto Opera Division, he performed the roles of Mr. Peachum in Benjamin Britten’s setting of THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, Melisso in Handel’s ALCINA, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Superintendent Budd in Britten’s ALBERT HERRING, and the title character of Donizetti’s DON P ASQUALE.
Also no stranger to the concert stage, he has appeared as a guest artist in such works as
Haydn’s DIE SCHÖPFUNG (The London Singers), Handel’s MESSIAH (Haliburton Messiah Choir), Duruflé’s REQUIEM (University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra), and a variety of Bach Cantatas (London Choral Guild, International Bach Festival).