The versatile tenor Eric Laporte works as a freelance artist; he successfully switched
to youthful heroic tenor in 2012. He debuted in the role of Max in "Der Freischütz"
at the Theater Gießen (director: Nigel Lowery, conductor: Michael Hofstetter), where
he also debuted as Erik in "The Flying Dutchman" in 2013. At the Tyrolean State Theatre
Innsbruck he was able to demonstrate again with Nadir in"Les pêcheurs de perles",
in 2014 as well as with his debut as Faust (Gounod) in 2015, that he has been able
to maintain the high register and flexibility of his voice as a lyric tenor.There
followed a tour through the Netherlands (incl. at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam) as
Alfredo in "La Traviata" with the Opera Zuid, as well as a very successful guest
performance as Duca in "Rigoletto" at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. Eric Laporte
was also engaged as Alfredo and as Cavaradossi in "Tosca" at the Mainz State Theatre
in 2015. In 2015-16 the tenor could be experienced with a highly acclaimed interpretation
of the role of Max in "Der Freischütz" at the Hanover State Opera, directed by Kay
Voges. In addition, the Theater Ulm invited him to debut in three important roles:
Calaf in "Turandot", as well as the title roles in "Lohengrin" and "Werther".
His roles in 2016-17 included Erik in “The Flying Dutchman” at the Hanover State
Opera, as well as his role debuts as Des Grieux in “Manon Lescaut” and Radames in
"Aida" in Ulm. In addition, Eric Laporte appeared as Nadir in "Les pêcheurs de perles"
at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, as well as making his role debut as Idomeneo
at the Theater Augsburg.
The Hanover State Opera has invited him to return in 2017-18 as both Max and Erik.
In Ulm he has sung the role of Faust (Gounod).
Engagements in 2018-19 include: Lohengrin at the Nuremberg State Opera under the
new artisic directorship of Jens-Daniel Herzog and the role-debut of Faust in "La
Damnation de Faust" at the Hanover State Opera. A highlight in the summer of 2019
is the role of Erik in “The Flying Dutchman”, directed by François Girard and conducted
by Jacques Lacombe at the Festival Opéra de Québec – a co-production with the Metropolitan
Opera New York and De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. In 2019/20 Eric Laporte will make
his house-debut as Max in “Der Freischütz” at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen. In
addition, plans for this season are including his role debut as Hoffmann in “The
Tales of Hoffmann” at the Mainz State Theatre.
Eric Laporte was born in Québec (Canada) and studied voice with Marie Daveluy in
Montréal. He had his first experiences on stage as Nemorino in "L’elisir d’amore"
at the Opera Studio of the Opéra de Montréal. He was a prizewinner at the Concours
d'art vocal Joseph Rouleau and the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 1999.
The young tenor gave his European debut in 2000 as Tamino at the Salzburg State Theatre
and was then engaged for three seasons at the Linz State Theatre, where he quickly
won over both audiences and critics with major roles of the lyric tenor repertoire.
The tenor then switched to the Ensemble of the Bonn Opera, where he was able to successfully
expand his stage experience.
Eric Laporte has been working as a freelance artist since 2006. Engagements as a
lyric tenor have taken him to the following venues, among others: the German Opera
on the Rhine in Düsseldorf, the Kassel and Saarbrücken State Theatres, the Cologne
and Bonn Operas, the Bielefeld, Bremen and Augsburg Theatres, the Innsbruck and Salzburg
State Theatres, Music Theatre in the Ruhr in Gelsenkirchen, Dutch Touring Opera,
Vienna Volksoper, German National Theatre Weimar, Festival d’Art Lyrique de Lacoste
(debut in France as Tamino), Opéra de Nice, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra
national du Rhin Strasbourg, National Scottish Opera.
Side by side with Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson and Michel Plasson, Eric Laporte
performed as Nicias in Massenet’s “Thaïs”in the Konzerthaus in Vienna (ORF broadcast).