Benoit Pitre is a charismatic Canadian Bass-Baritone based in Berlin, at ease both on the concert and operatic stage.
On the operatic stage, in 2018 upcoming productions of Die Verkaufte Braut (Kecal), Don Carlos (Le grand Inquisiteur) and the German première of Was bleibt (Bürgermeister), a contemporary opera based on the Rattenfänger von Hameln story. He recently created the role of Der Grauer in the contemporary opera Schattenlos, sang Don Giovanni in a revival in Berlin, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Leporello at the Festival of the Aegean, and Melisso in Händel’s Alcina in Berlin.
Previously he created to high acclaim the role of the Pilot in a new German musical based on Saint-Exupéry's Le petit prince that toured Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. He recently collaborated with the reknowned Italian Balletto Civile for the creation of Pizzeria Anarchia, a coproduction of the Teatro della Tosse Genova, the Musiktheatertage Wien and the Neuköllner Oper, portraying the Opera Singer/Wiener Polizeichef. Earlier in 2015 he made his long awaited début as Don Giovanni in a German production in Berlin and performed the role of Siméon in a staged version of Debussy's L'enfant prodigue. Other recently performed roles include Raphael and Adam in a staged version of Die Schöpfung in Lübeck, of Graf Almaviva in a German Figaros Hochzeit in Berlin, of Don Pizzaro and Don Fernando in the praised Fidelio production of Stefan Neugebauer in Berlin, Lord Cecil in Opera Sacra's acclaimed production of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, of Jaroslav Prus in Janáček's Die Sache Makropulos at the Kundry Festival in Munich, and of Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale under the helm of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Amburgo. Previous operatic engagements saw him as the Conte Almaviva in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro at the Festivale della Lirica in Vale Argentina and as Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Volkstheater Weimar. He also traveled as Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and Papageno (Zauberflöte) on outreach tours throughout Austria, Germany and northern Italy during his first years in Europe.
Initially trained as a bass-baritone, Mr. Pitre performed roles such as Peter Quince, Zuniga, Leporello, Crespel and Schlemihl in venues such as the Tanglewood Festival and the Komische Kammeroper München before venturing in the baritone Fach after moving to Europe. He returned to his true Fach and full voice mid-2016 under the guidance of David Jones.
Also vested in song recitals and promoting contemporary repertoire, he was fortunate to work on multiple occasions with luminaries such as Roger Vignoles. A series of recitals promoting songs of his native province and contemporary NY composers took place in Europe in 2014/2015 and a new series concentrating on matching classic and contemporary composers of his native language is in preparation together a Belgian pianist.
Mr. Pitre received his degree in music performance from McGill University, following initial musical studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He furthered his development through masterclasses with Graciela Araya, KS Hannah Schwarz, Sherril Milnes, Diana Soviero, Phyllis Curtin and Jerry Hadley† to name a few. Mr. Pitre was a recipient of a Tanglewood Music Center and a Junge Musiker Stiftung Bayreuth fellowship.
Benoit Pitre is also in demand in the dubbing/voice-acting field.