'' Des chanteurs de talent donnent vie au personnage, par exemple le ténor Guy Lessard.... Guy Lessard assume joyeusement le rôle d'Alfred, le prétendant de Caroline et joue avec beaucoup d'à-propos sur le contraste entre son apparence, ridicule et bedonnante, et sa magnifique voix de ténor.''
- Le Quotiden, 16 février 2002
Guy Lessard, prize
CANADIAN TENOR GUY LESSARD WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD IN NEW YORK
Quebec, January 18th, 2001 - Guy Lessard from Quebec city finished in 2nd place in the Wagnerian singer category in the prestigious competition organized annually in New York by the Liederkranz Foundation. This honor affirms the talent of this young Canadian and is the first time his very promising future has been recognized at the international level. As a result Guy Lessard has been invited to participate at a promotional concert next April in the American metropolis. Last December, Guy Lessard was invited to be a soloist by the Chœur Les Rhapsodes, under the direction of David Rompré, during his production of "En marche vers Bethléem" presented at the Basilica Cathedral of Quebec.
This major success elevates a singer who has remained in Quebec City. Guy Lessard has also been perfecting his vocal technique with the well-known Victor Martens at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and worked on his interpretation with stage director Marc Bégin of Quebec. In November 2000, Guy Lessard interpreted the role of Siegmund, in the first act of Wagner's opera " Die Walküre" with "Tempetes et Passion" Productions in Quebec. Guy Lessard made his debut with the Quebec Symphony in the role of Tchaplisky in Tchaikovsky's "La Dame de Pique" under the direction of Pascal Verrot. Guy Lessard was also seen with the "Choeur polyphonique de Charlevoix" under the direction of Sylvain Landry, during the presentation of Respighi's "Lauda per la Nativita del Signore" and Mozart's "Requiem".
The 2001 Liederkranz Foundation Awards for Voice took place in New York from January 8th to 13th, 2001. Fifty five participants represented the Wagnerian category of voices, from a variety of countries. Tenor Guy Lessard won second place, after two days of auditioning. He sang some exerpts form Siegmund (Die Walkure) and Rienzi (Rienzi). His powerful and expressive voice and his remarkable presence on the scene make him a singer-actor of great potential for German heroic roles. Beside his Wagnerien repertoire, Guy Lessard also interpreted Don Jose in Bizet's "Carmen", Max in Weber's "Der Freischütz" and Lensky in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Oneguine" and some Italian dramatic roles.