Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure placed second in the Third Annual Ensemble Studio Competition in 2013. In addition to studies at the University of Montreal, he has participated in young artist training programs with the National Arts Centre, Centre d'Arts Orford and Académie Internationale d'été Nice. Mr. Fortier-Lazure is also a recipient of the Governor General Performing Arts Mentorship Award. Credits include Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande (Nova Scotia Opera Company and Atelier d'Opéra, University of Montreal); Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (Atelier d'Opéra); Beppe in Pagliacci (Opera Lyra Ottawa – Silver Cast); Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Curzio/Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro and Mr. Gobineau in The Medium (University of Ottawa Opera Productions); and Guard in Manon and Prince of Persia in Turandot (Opera Lyra Ottawa). This season with the COC, he sings the role of Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (Ensemble Studio production).