A native of Montréal, Jean-François Daignault holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in early music performance and literature (high distinction in voice) from McGill University.
For several years, Mr Daignault has been specializing in early repertoire, with several incursions into the world of contemporary music. He has sung the role of the “Roasted Swan” in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on numerous occasions, most notably with Gregory Charles and the Orchestre Métropolitain, and with the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke. He has sung in North America and Europe with numerous ensembles including the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, the Opéra de Montréal, the Académie baroque européenne d’Ambronay, Ensemble Masques and Chants Libres, and with conductors Hervé Niquet, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and John Rutter.
He co-founded Ensemble ALKEMIA, which is dedicated to performing vocal polyphony from the last millennium. He also sings and plays woodwinds with the Ensemble Séfarade et Méditerranéen (www.esem.ca).
Mr Daignault has been composing and arranging since the age of 15, is largely self-taught and publishes his music regularly. He also staged opera to rave reviews, at the National Opera in Warsaw, and the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, among others. He enjoys exploring Montreal’s underground arts scene, putting together over the years several numbers than combine fantasy, transformation and the voice.
To find out more about Jean-François, please visit www.alkemia.qc.ca