Mend VC Labadie

February 15 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
February 16 – Friday at 11:00 a.m.*
February 16 – Friday at 8:00 p.m.
February 17 – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Guest Artist

Bernard Labadie

Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie is well-known for his performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire. He founded Les Violons du Roy and was that ensemble’s music director for three decades. He continues as music director of an extraordinary choir, La Chapelle de Québec, which he founded in 1985.   Mr. Labadie begins a four-year term as principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York with the 2018-19 season. He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in April 2010 and most recent appearance here in August 2016.

As a guest conductor, Bernard Labadie lead major North American and international orchestras. This season, his schedule includes engagements with those of Baltimore, Finland, Frankfurt, Minnesota, Ottawa, St. Louis, and Toronto, as well as L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He has conducted productions with the Canadian Opera Company, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival, and Santa Fe Opera, and has served as artistic and music director of L’Opéra de Québec and L’Opéra de Montréal. His operatic repertoire ranges across Baroque and Classical works, including Handel’s Orlando, Samson, and Theodora, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Lucio Sillo, and The Magic Flute.

Mr. Labadie’s extensive discography includes works for the ATMA, Brilliant Classics, Dorian, Hyperion, and Virgin Classics labels. These include Handel’s Apollo e Dafne along with a recording of Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which received Canada’s Juno Award. Other albums include C.P.E. Bach’s complete cello concertos with Truls Mørk, J.S. Bach’s complete piano concertos with Alexandre Tharaud, and Haydn’s piano concertos with Marc-André Hamelin.

Bernard Labadie studied at the School of Music of Laval University in Quebec City, and at the conservatories of Montreal and Quebec. With his interests in the Baroque and Classical periods, he has led performances with many period instrument groups around the world, including Les Violons du Roy, Academy of Ancient Music, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Philharmonia Baroque.

In 2016, Mr. Labadie received the Samuel de Champlain award in Paris. In 2005, the Canadian government appointed him as an Officer of the Order of Canada, while his home province named him a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec the following year.