In Canada Rouleau premiered the role of Monseigneur Taché in Harry SOMERS's opera Louis Riel with the CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY (1967) and makes frequent appearances with the country's major orchestras in non-operatic performances. He began teaching at the Université de Québec in Montréal in 1980, and was elected president of the Mouvement d'action pour l'art lyrique du Québec (1977), an organization whose lobbying led to the creation of the OPÉRA DE MONTRÉAL. He has served as national president of JEUNESSES MUSICALES DU CANADA since 1989. He received the PRIX DE MUSIQUE CALIXA-LAVALLÉE (1967) and the Prix Denise-Pelletier (1990). In 1977 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame in 1992.
An untiring performer, Rouleau continues to travel extensively and to appear in various roles (such as that of Kalman Zsupan in Johann Strauss's The Gypsy Baron at the NAC in 2000), to act as juror at international voice competitions, and to preside over the activities of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, which instituted a national voice competition in his name.
Author HÉLÈNE PLOUFFE Revised: RACHELLE TAYLOR
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