André Clouthier began his musical life here in Victoria as a trumpet player with the Canadian Armed Forces Band Branch. After the Navy, he attended Queen’s University to study voice and trumpet and continued his vocal work in Calgary with Kenneth Nielsen. He spent summers at the Banff Centre School and joined the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble in 1990. While there he had roles in 2 world premiere operas by Harry Somers: Mario and the Magician and as Sam Jarvis in Serinette. He also had the good fortune to appear as The Messenger in Aida performed at SkyDome before an audience of 45,000.
Since then he has performed with orchestras and opera companies all over North America including Vancouver Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Montréal, Yokohama Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Columbus, Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre of Canada, Opera du Quebec, Orchestre Metropolitaine, Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Orchestre Symphonique du Quebec and Symphony Nova Scotia.
On stage he has portrayed Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Rodrigue in Massenet’s Le Cid, Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco, Gabriele in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, Naraboth in Strauss’ Salome, Count Malcolm in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Fred in Kiss Me Kate. For Vancouver Opera, he created the role of Even in David McIntyre’s “The Architect”.
André has appeared in concert in Handel’s Messiah, Samson and Judas Maccabeus, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Dvorak’s Requiem, Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ, Britten’s War Requiem with Sir David Willcocks, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem and many Contemporary premieres including Derek Holman’s Jezebel.
Through it all he has continued playing the guitar, singing favourite folk tunes and fronting many bands including Stealing Dan, a popular cover band in SW Ontario.
André has a passion for teaching voice and helping other singers realise their vocal potential. He has been on the faculty of the esteemed Music Theatre programs at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Academy and now with the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Oak Bay.