On various occasions (the last being in 1970), Simoneau sang with his wife, Pierrette ALARIE. He recorded all the major Mozart tenor roles, notably Così fan tutte with Herbert von Karajan. Named advisor to the Ministère des affaires culturelles du Québec, he prepared a report that led to the creation of the Opéra du Québec in 1971. That same year Simoneau was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 1996 he was elevated to the rank of Companion. He was invested as an Officer of France's Ordre des arts and des lettres in 1990. He and Alarie were also active as teachers, notably at the BANFF CENTRE and the Canada Opera Piccola, which they founded in Victoria, BC in 1982. Simoneau and Alarie jointly received several awards and distinctions, including honorary doctorates from McGill University in 1994. Simoneau also received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 1992, and was made a Knight of the National Order of Québec in 1997. His essay L'Art du bel canto was published in Montréal in 1995.
Author HÉLÈNE PLOUFFE Revised: RACHELLE TAYLOR
Links to Other Sites
French-Canadian soprano Pierrette Alarie-Simoneau has died
An obituary of Pierrette Alarie, coloratura soprano and wife of the tenor Léopold Simoneau. From the music magazine "Gramophone."
Léopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie: An Appreciation
The Durbeck Archive website offers an extensive discography of recordings featuring either Léopold Simoneau or Pierrette Alarie or both.