La Chapelle de Québec
LA CHAPELLE DE QUÉBEC, founded by Bernard Labadie in 1985, is a nationally-based chamber choir of professional singers recruited mainly in Québec City, but also throughout Québec 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 U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which it performed Handel’s Messiah in 2004 and Bach’s Magnificat in 2006. In December 2009, La Chapelle de Québec and Les Violons du Roy, directed by Bernard Labadie, presented Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Carnegie Hall in New York and at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The choir and the orchestra returned to Carnegie Hall to present Bach’s St. John Passion in March 2012, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in April 2015. The concerts received remarkably positive reviews, in particular from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
La Chapelle de Québec won a Juno Award for its recording of Mozart’s Requiem, released by Dorian in 2002.