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“Baritone Raphaël Laden-Guindon avoided the trap of making Harapha a mere blustering villain. Thus, he displayed swagger but also a personal magnetism at times, enriching the drama. This character gets the show-stopping aria of Act I, and Laden-Guindon delivered the goods with numerous brilliant melismas and vocal fireworks."

Geoffrey Wieting, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

About Raphaël

Praised for his “authoritative voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and “contagious sensibility” (Revue l’Opéra), Canadian-American Baritone, Raphaël Laden-Guindon maintains an active performing schedule in the US and Canada. In the 2023-24 season, he will make his debut with the Saskatoon Symphony in the St. John Passion, singing both the role of Jesus and the bass arias. He will appear as a guest artist in productions of Matthew Peterson's Voir Dire as The Baritone and Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Quince with the Boston Conservatory. In the Fall of 2023, he was heard as Harapha in Handel’s Samson with the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble. His 2022-23 season featured a role debut and as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with NEMPAC Opera and the Boston Festival Orchestra and the world premiere of Keiko Devaux's chamber opera: L'écoute du Perdu with Musique 3 Femmes and Ensemble Paramaribo. Other credits include The Accomplice in Whispers: Echoes from the Halls and Belcore (Cover) in L’Elisir d’amore with Boston Opera Collaborative, the title role in Don Giovanni, Ophémon in L’amant anonyme (Chevalier de St-Georges), Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), and Mr. Olsen in Street Scene (Weil) with Opera McGill. Raphaël holds a master's degree from McGill University during which he was a recipient of both SSHRC and FRQSC master’s research grants and a BA from Yale in musicology. He is a staff singer at Trinity Church in the city of Boston. 

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