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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. He was recently heard as Harapha in Handel’s Samson with the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble and as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with NEMPAC Opera and the Boston Festival Orchestra. Other credits include The Accomplice in Whispers: Echoes from the Halls and Belcore (Cover) in L’Elisir d’amore with Boston Opera Collaborative, Baritone Soloist in the world premiere of Keiko Devaux’s L’écoute du Perdu with Musique 3 Femmes, the title role in Don Giovanni, Ophémon in L’amant anonyme (Chevalier de St-Georges), Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Mr. Olsen in Street Scene (Weil), and Publio (cover) in La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) with Opera McGill; Aristeo in Orfeo (Rossi), Corebo in La Didone (Cavalli) and Aristone in Xerse (Cavalli) with the Yale Baroque Opera Project. Raphaël holds a master's degree from McGill University during which he was a recipient of both SSHRC and FRQSC master’s research grants. He is a staff singer at Trinity Church in the city of Boston. 

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