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What they said : Critic Year
"[Laquerre] was a strong-voiced King Belshazzar."
Belshazzar in The Play of Daniel, «Ludus Danielis»
Leslie Barcza
Barczablog
2015
"Laquerre is a dramatic stalwart."
Melisso in Alcina
Leslie Barcza
Barczablog
2014
"Bravo @MireilleSoprano @meghanjlindsay @AllysonMcHardy @OlivierLaquerre et al."
Melisso in Alcina
Catherine Kustanczy
Twitter
2014
"Not a dry eye at Varsity Stadium as Olivier Laquerre sings "Keep the Home Fires Burning" and "Rose of Picardy.""
Baritone in 'Til The Boys Come Home
FriendsofPortCarling
Twitter
2014
"The gorgons scene –especially Olivier Laquerre as Méduse–was funnier than last time."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Leslie Barcza
Barczablog
2014
"The [Gorgons scene] is hilarious but also deeply moving thanks to Laquerre's display of their plight."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Brian Hay
Norules-nolights.com
2014
"[Laquerre] fills the 'Méduse' with humour that leads to deeply poignant pathos"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Brian Hay
Norules-nolights.com
2014
"Incorrigible funny man"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Brian Hay
Norules-nolights.com
2014
"as warm and velvety as before"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2014
"[Laquerre's Méduse] is as amusing as ever – much more a petulant drag queen than a fearsome beast."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2014
"good work from the regal Olivier Laquerre as troubled King Céphée"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Richard Ouzounian
The Toronto Star
2014
"his commanding voice and playful stage presence rendering him an eminently watchable performer"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Catherine Kustanczy
bachtrack.com
2014
"Laquerre does [a] fearsome (if hilarious and fabulously bewigged) Méduse"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Catherine Kustanczy
bachtrack.com
2014
"LaQuerre is a Disney cartoon come to life, Goofy with feathers."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Tim Feran
Columbus Dispatch
2013
"the comedy — played for all it was worth by a superb Papageno, Olivier LaQuerre."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Anthony Kershaw
Audiophilia.com
2013
"[LaQuerre] recieved the lion's share of the adoration from the wooting masses"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Leslie Barcza
Barczablog
2013
"Laquerre seemed both vocally and dramatically at home in the role of Papageno."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Colin Eatock
Eatock Daily
2013
"playfully catchy tunes by birdcatcher Papageno (a very good Olivier LaQuerre)"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Glenn Sumi
NowToronto
2013
"Laquerre especially was hilarious."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Brian Hay
Norules-nolights.com
2013
"Olivier LaQuerre is magnificent as Papageno."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
John Coulbourn
The Toronto Sun
2013
"LaQuerre turns the role of the bird-brained Papageno into a romp"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
John Coulbourn
The Toronto Sun
2013
"Olivier LaQuerre as Papageno is also delightfully expressive."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Stanley Fefferman
OpusOneReview.com
2013
"[Laquerre's] bass-baritone is smooth and lusty"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Stanley Fefferman
OpusOneReview.com
2013
"[Laquerre's] manner [is] open-hearted, his comic cut-ups endearing"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Stanley Fefferman
OpusOneReview.com
2013
"His willingness to remain free [...] is always convincing"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Stanley Fefferman
OpusOneReview.com
2013
"LaQuerre is a joy as Papageno."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2013
"his velvety bass-baritone bring out the folksong-like quality of Pagageno’s arias"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2013
"LaQuerre is a natural comedian with an innate sense of perfect timing."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2013
"[LaQuerre] is hilarious."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2013
"LaQuerre as Papageno was [...] strong"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Sarah Chang
thesceneinto.com
2013
"[LaQuerre] brought joy to the stage and the role each time was in front of the audience."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Sarah Chang
thesceneinto.com
2013
"charm, impeccable comedic timing and lovable sympathy"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
CSTRYNATKA
Weraddicted.com
2013
"Stand-out performances include [...] Olivier LaQuerre who displays an incredibly honed sense of comedic timing in his often scene-stealing turn as Papageno."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Wayne Leung
Mooney on Theatre
2013
"[LaQuerre] brought the intelligence, poise and warmth to the stage"
Cuno in Der Freishütz
Brian Hay
Norules-nolights.com
2012
"LaQuerre [...] gives a commendable performance"
Cuno in Der Freishütz
James Karas
bachtrack.com
2012
"LaQuerre has a distinguished stage presence and excellent vocal delivery."
Cuno in Der Freishütz
James Karas
bachtrack.com
2012
"Laquerre [...] convinces with his friendly warmth."
Cuno in Der Freishütz
Stanley Fefferman
OpusOneReview.com
2012
"LaQuerre [whips] things into a perfect comic frenzy"
Artemidore, Ubalde in Armide
John Coulbourn
The Toronto Sun
2012
"Laquerre brought a very likeable presence to the stage"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
Leslie Barcza
Drama.ca
2010
"a tall agile body with a voice of comparable agility & enunciation"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
Leslie Barcza
Drama.ca
2010
"Laquerre as Figaro led the wonderful cast"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
James Karas
Jameskarasreviews.blogspot.com
2010
"His Figaro is light-footed, fast-thinking and very funny."
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
James Karas
Jameskarasreviews.blogspot.com
2010
"Laquerre’s acting as Figaro is excellent"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
Paula Citron
The Globe and Mail
2010
"Figaro has never been more adorable or likeable"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
La Scena Musicale
2010
"Laquerre's voice is so expansively warm and smooth"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
La Scena Musicale
2010
"Olivier Laquerre was hilarious"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
La Scena Musicale
2010
"He exemplifies everything that's great about this company."
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
La Scena Musicale
2010
"He brings wit and thoughtfulness to his roles."
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
La Scena Musicale
2010
"[Laquerre] takes his work very seriously without taking himself the same way."
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
La Scena Musicale
2010
"This company is enriched by [Laquerre's] presence."
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
La Scena Musicale
2010
"Laquerre has an ingenuous comic style that served him well"
Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro
Stanley Fefferman
Showtimemagazine.ca
2010
"The star of the production was Olivier Laquerre"
Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Leslie Barcza
Drama.ca
2009
"Laquerre injects much needed levity into every scene."
Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Leslie Barcza
Drama.ca
2009
"As Ottone, [...] Laquerre was a commanding and convincing figure"
Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2009
"Laquerre was a fine Ottone"
Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Ken Winters
The Globe and Mail
2009
"Laquerre is a versatile singing-actor"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"Laquerre [is] equally convincing as the dignified King of Ethiopia or as the whimpering Medusa"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"Laquerre takes control of the stage with his presence"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"Laquerre [is] gifted with good looks, wit, plenty of charisma, and a deep voice of pleasant timbre"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"Laquerre plays on this through effective moves and color in the voice."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"[Laquerre's] Medusa stands above the croud in terms of interpretation and wit."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"Laquerre's Medusa is amusing and amused about “her” misfortune."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"[Laquerre] runs the gamut of facial expressions and grandiose body language."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"Céphée's “Je perds ma fille, hélas!” is hearfelt"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Wes Blomster
OperaToday.com
2008
"Laquerre is a case of luxury casting"
Arbace in Idomeneo
Michael Johnson
ConcertoNet.com
2008
"[Laquerre] sang with a sound as firm and finished and as complexly coloured as polished oak."
Baritone in Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45
Stephen Pedersen
Chronicle Herald
2007
"Laquerre handled his two solos with depth and gravity."
Baritone in Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45
Isabelle
Infomonkey.net
2007
"[Laquerre's] firm voice rang out, and was particularly moving"
Baritone in Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45
Isabelle
Infomonkey.net
2007
"[Laquerre] looked like he was ready to march into the battlefield. "
Baritone in Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45
Isabelle
Infomonkey.net
2007
"[Laquerre] gives a stalwart portrayal physically and vocally."
Ulisse, L'Umana Fragilita in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Michael Johnson
ConcertoNet.com
2007
"Laquerre [...] stood out for [his] strength of voice and characterization."
Ulisse, L'Umana Fragilita in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Christopher Hoile
Eye Weekly
2007
"deliciously mellow voice"
Ulisse, L'Umana Fragilita in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Christopher Hoile
Eye Weekly
2007
"Laquerre conveyed the complex range of Ulysses’ emotions"
Ulisse, L'Umana Fragilita in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Christopher Hoile
Eye Weekly
2007
"Laquerre, absolutely the best Papageno I have ever seen"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Alan Adamson
Silly Little Country
2007
"[Laquerre] does a wonderful job as Ulisse"
Ulisse, L'Umana Fragilita in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Alan Adamson
Silly Little Country
2007
"Particular kudos go to [...] baritone Olivier Laquerre in the title role."
Ulisse, L'Umana Fragilita in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2007
"Laquerre’s Ulysses is strong and warm"
Ulisse, L'Umana Fragilita in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Stanley Fefferman
Showtimemagazine.ca
2007
"a remarkably engaging Papageno"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
William Littler
Opera Canada
2007
"Olivier Laquerre sang with 19th-century sensibilities"
Baritone in The Fairy Queen
Tamara Bernstein
The Globe and Mail
2006
"[Laquerre] sang beautifully"
Baritone in The Fairy Queen
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2006
"brought a sense of playfulness"
Baritone in The Fairy Queen
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2006
"[Laquerre] sang beautifully."
Baritone in The Fairy Queen
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2006
"Laquerre is charming."
Baritone in The Fairy Queen
Paula Citron
Classical 96.3 FM
2006
"[Olivier] commands a lush baritone voice"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Christopher Hoile
Eye Weekly
2006
"Olivier Laquerre is falling-down funny"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Christopher Hoile
Eye Weekly
2006
"he was dramatically the strongest performer of the night"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Leslie Barcza
Drama.ca
2006
"The star of the show has to be Quebec bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2006
"His potent charisma steals every scene in which he appears."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2006
"Still a young man, his voice gets larger and better-rounded with every season."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2006
"adorable and bratty Papageno"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Paula Citron
Classical 96.3 FM
2006
"He steals the show in many ways"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Alan Adamson
Silly Little Country
2006
"a young and very fetching Olivier Laquerre took this role in with utter joy"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Alan Adamson
Silly Little Country
2006
"Laquerre mugged it so magnificently"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Alan Adamson
Silly Little Country
2006
"His vocal work flows naturally and without flaw."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Stanley Fefferman
Showtimemagazine.ca
2006
"Laquerre presents his Papageno with fluid grace and a humour that endears."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Stanley Fefferman
Showtimemagazine.ca
2006
"the acting honours go to Olivier Laquerre's Papageno"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Keith Garebian
Stage And Page
2006
"Laquerre's Papageno is handsome, buffoonish without being tiresome"
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Keith Garebian
Stage And Page
2006
"Olivier Laquerre was totally "on" from start to finish."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Michael Johnson
ConcertoNet.com
2006
"Here is a francophone impeccably delivering the English translation of a German text."
Papageno in Die Zauberflöte
Michael Johnson
ConcertoNet.com
2006
"Laquerre [has a] commanding bass voice that never sounds harsh."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Brian J Hay
Amazon Reviews
2006
"[LaQuerre] helped put the cherry on top in the duly hair-raising finale"
Baritone in Sinfonie Nr 9 d-moll Op. 125
Ken Winters
The Globe and Mail
2006
"LaQuerre was especially admirable"
Baritone in Sinfonie Nr 9 d-moll Op. 125
Ken Winters
The Globe and Mail
2006
"dispensing with his score and addressing the opening apostrophe straight to us listeners"
Baritone in Sinfonie Nr 9 d-moll Op. 125
Ken Winters
The Globe and Mail
2006
"always in the spirit of the music"
Baritone in Sinfonie Nr 9 d-moll Op. 125
Ken Winters
The Globe and Mail
2006
"Laquerre was an imposing Pluto, king of the underworld"
Plutone in Orfeo
Ken Winters
The Globe and Mail
2006
"[Laquerre] made full-fledged opera out of Herod’s troubled aria."
Herod in L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25
Rick Walters
The Shepherd Express
2005
"Laquerre [...] had an excellent comic scene "
Artemidore, Ubalde in Armide
Ken Winters
The Globe and Mail
2005
"Laquerre [was] wonderful both as singer and comic relief."
Artemidore, Ubalde in Armide
John Terauds
The Toronto Star
2005
"Laquerre’s magisterial Theodorus is a weary Old Testament patriarch commending his life to the God who created him"
Theodorus Ivanowitz in Boris Godenow
Jeffrey Gantz
The Boston Phoenix
2005
"Bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre was touching as the old Czar"
Theodorus Ivanowitz in Boris Godenow
Richard Dyer
The Boston Globe
2005
"As Leporello, [...] Laquerre is delightful, rich-voiced Harlequin figurine come to life."
Leporello in Don Giovanni
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2004
"[Laquerre's] presence is always physical and comical"
Leporello in Don Giovanni
Leslie Barcza
Drama.ca
2004
"As Leporello, [...] baritone Olivier Laquerre looked and sounded ideally cast."
Leporello in Don Giovanni
William Littler
The Toronto Star
2004
"Laquerre (who also took the role of Peter) [deserves] special praise."
Peter, arias in Johannes-Passion BWV 245
Carl Byron
Opera News
2004
"For Outstanding Performance [...], I would nominate [...] Olivier Laquerre as both Céphée and Méduse in Persée"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Christopher Hoile
theWholeNote.com
2004
"Laquerre adds unexpected comedy."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Jon Kaplan
NowToronto
2004
"Medusa [...] sung and flamboyantly acted by baritone Olivier Laquerre"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Jon Kaplan
NowToronto
2004
"Laquerre is [...] imperial as King Céphée "
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Paula Citron
Classical 96.3 FM
2004
"Laquerre is [...] hysterically funny as Méduse."
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Paula Citron
Classical 96.3 FM
2004
"Laquerre, a resoundingly regal King Céphée"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Robert Everett-Green
The Globe and Mail
2004
"Laquerre, [...] became in Act 3 a lascivious Méduse"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
Robert Everett-Green
The Globe and Mail
2004
"the entire tone of the piece changes and the audience is laughing with Laquerre"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
John Coulbourn
The Toronto Sun
2004
"Laquerre [is] magnificient"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
John Coulbourn
The Toronto Sun
2004
"The cast [...], features a bravura star turn by the 6-foot-7 Canadian baritone Olivier Laquerre"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
William Littler
The Toronto Star
2004
"Laquerre [...] makes a properly dignified King Céphée of Ethiopia "
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
William Littler
The Toronto Star
2004
"[Laquerre] dons the snaky locks to make a properly preening drag queen Medusa"
Céphée, Medusa in Persée
William Littler
The Toronto Star
2004
"Laquerre plays Haly, the king's assistant, with gusto."
Haly in L'italiana in Algeri
Michèle Bogdanowicz
TorontoStage.com
2003
"Laquerre was a particular delight when illuminating vast depths of feeling in five Jacques Ibert songs about romantic adventurer Don Quixote."
Baritone in Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte
Geoff Chapman
The Toronto Star
2002
"Laquerre is splendid as Oronte, King of Argos"
Oronte in Médée
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2002
"He sings with undeniable confidence and swagger"
Oronte in Médée
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2002
"[Laquerre] fully communicates the humiliation caused by Créuse's deception."
Oronte in Médée
Christopher Hoile
Stage-door.com
2002
"A tall man, Laquerre was so impressive a villain in his great solo of Act III one wondered whether Puccini's Scarpia had made an impromptu appearance. At any rate, the singing was magnificent."
Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro
Arthur Kaptainis
The Gazette
2001
"Laquerre brought similar virtues [powerful voice] to the more unambiguously sinister Dr. Miracle. "
Dr Miracle, Lindorf in Les Comtes d'Hoffmann
Arthur Kaptainis
The Gazette
2000
"Edwards had assembled an accomplished trio, led in firmness and projection by Olivier Laquerre, who was a colourful describer of all the beasts of the earth"
Angel Raphael, Adam in Die Schöpfung
Arthur Kaptainis
The Gazette
1999
"Olivier Laquerre sang Dr. Falke with an appealing lyrical quality."
Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus
Ilse Zadrozny
The Gazette
1999

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