La Chapelle de Québec
La Chapelle de Québec, founded by Bernard Labadie in 1985, is a chamber choir of
professional singers recruited mainly in Quebec City, but also throughout Quebec and
Canada. It assembles for two or three concerts each season to join Les Violons du Roy in
major works from the repertory for choir and orchestra, especially from the 18th century.
Its performances of cantatas, oratorios, and masses by Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Haydn have
been acclaimed throughout Canada and the United States, in particular thanks to many
broadcasts by Radio-Canada, the CBC, and NPR in the United States.
La Chapelle de Québec has performed regularly on tour with Les Violons du Roy, in
particular in Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Toronto,
in an all-Vivaldi program in France, and in Mozart's Requiem in Toronto and the United
States. The choir is often asked to appear with Bernard Labadie in the concerts he conducts
with US orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which it performed
Handel's Messiah in 2004 and Bach's Magnificat in 2006.
La Chapelle de Québec won a Juno Award for its recording of Mozart's Requiem, released in
Recognized internationally for his expertise in 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, Bernard
Labadie is the founder of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec. For more than 27
years, he has led the two chamber ensembles during the regular season in Quebec City and
Montreal, on tour through North America and Europe, and on more than 15 recordings.
Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Mr. Labadie regularly appears with some of North
America's most prestigious orchestras in cities such as Chicago, New York, Boston,
Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Houston, and Toronto. In
2009, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut with Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
In Europe, he has taken to the podium with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and
conducted at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He is also a regular guest with the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Period instrument orchestras are calling upon Mr. Labadie with increasing frequency, as
well. He will be a returning guest with the Academy of Ancient Music in coming seasons and
has been hailed for his appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The
English Concert, and Collegium Vocale Gent.
As a leading ambassador for music in his native city of Quebec, Mr. Labadie was made an
Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec in
2006. In 2008, he received The Banff Centre's National Arts Award for his contribution to
the development of the arts in Canada, as well as an honorary doctorate from Université