|Born||March 9, 1926|
Rawdon, Quebec, Canada
|Died||September 9, 2021(aged 95)|
Born in Rawdon, Jeanotte studied singing in Montreal, with Salvator Issaurel in 1944, and with Émile Gourthe the following two years. He then continued his studies in Paris, with d'Estainville Rousset from 1947, and Pierre Bernac from 1951 to 1953. He made his operatic debut in Cherbourg i 1947 as Vincent in Gounod's Mireille. He appeared there also as Piféar in Adam's Si j'étais roi. He performed as Bastien in Mozart's Bastien et Bastienne, and as the Narrator in Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the Minute Opera in 1949, and toured in France with the Disciples de Massenet in 1950.
He first appeared in Montreal at the Variétés lyriques in 1954 as Fritellini in Audran's La Mascotte, and remained a frequent performer with the company until 1955. He made many appearances on stage, radio and TV. In recitals, he performed art songs in French, German and Italian with excellent diction and understanding, on tours in Canada and a tour of Europe and the USSR with pianist Jeanne Landry in 1961. He performed with orchestras and chamber music groups, cofounding the Ensemble Jean-Philippe-Rameau 1954.
In opera, Jeanotte was known for the role of Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, which he sang in a concert performance of the CBC alongside Suzanne Danco in 1955, and in another of the ORTF alongside Gérard Souzay as Golaud. Other roles included Gonzalve in Ravel's L'Heure espagnole, Basilio in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the 1956 Montreal Festivals, and Bobino in Maurice Blackburn's Silent Measures. He appeared as Bobino more than 100 times, in the world premiere on CBC TV, on stage in Toronto and Montreal, on a Canada tour in 1961/61 and in other productions.
Jeannotte taught at Laval University (1964–1979) and at the École de musique Vincent-d'Indy. He was president of the Union des artistes from 1966 to 1972. In 1979, he founded the Opéra de Montréal, of which he was artistic director until 1989.
- Huss, Christophe: Décès de Jean-Paul Jeannotte, cofondateur de l’Opéra de Montréal
- Potvin, Gilles: Jean-Paul Jeannotte The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Potvin, Gilles: Silent Measures / Une Mesure de silence The Canadian Encyclopedia 2006