Jean-Paul Jeannotte Death – Obituary – Jean-Paul Jeannotte, 95, the famed Quebec tenor, teacher, and artistic administrator, has been announced dead by Olivier Godin, pianist and a close friend and protégé of Jeannotte.
Olivier Godin wrote on Facebook; “Jean-Paul was a man of unrivaled class and elegance, extraordinarily cultured,” adding, “I learned so much from him about this profession: the traditions of French repertoire and the secrets of music, about literature, painting, theatre, and dance — I am eternally grateful to him.”
In 1947, Jeannotte moved to Paris at the young age of 21, prior to his vocal studies in Montreal to further his training along with people like Pierre Bernac.
He made his operatic debut in 1947 in Cherbourg with roles in operas by Adolphe Adam and Charles Gounod. He then toured France as a soloist with the respected Montreal choir “Les Disciples de Massenet”.
Jeannotte created the role of Bobino in Maurice and Marthe Blackburn’s comic one-act opera Silent Measures, which he performed during a concert in 1960 by Jeunesses Musicales Canada.
In the late 1960s and ’70sHe became a voice teacher at Laval University and l’École Vincent-d’Indy; he served as vice president and later president of l’Union des artistes; from 1976-80.
CBC Music posted on Twitter, “Legendary Quebec tenor and arts administrator Jean-Paul Jeannotte has di.”