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“Outstanding…the highlight of the evening”
- R. Todd, OTTAWA CITIZEN
Audiences always welcome tenor DILLON PARMER for a voice that “breathes warmth and lyricism.” Critics praise his performances as “particularly rewarding,” “finely honed,” and “outstanding.”
Mr. Parmer has been heard on CBC radio and television and has appeared as a guest soloist with such companies as Opera Lyra Ottawa, I Musici de Montreal, the Nathanial Dett Chorale, Seventeen Voyces, Thirteen Strings, Gatineau Chamber Orchestra, Musica Divina, L’orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Timmins Symphony Orchestra, L’orchestra symphonique du nouveau monde, Choeur classique de l’Outaouais, Canadian Centennial Choir, Opera Breva, and Productions lyrique de Gatineau.
Mr. Parmer is a versatile oratorio singer with a repertoire spanning over forty major concert roles. Whether in Bach's Mass in B Minor or Britten’s Saint Nicolas, Handel’s Messiah or Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten, Mozart's Requiem or Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony or Rossini’s Stabat Mater, he is equally at ease. Mr. Parmer has refined his dramatic and comedic skills in nearly thirty operatic roles ranging from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte, through Donizetti’s Betly and Rita, Offenbach’s La Périchole and Barbe-bleue, to Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites and Moore’s Gallantry.
An avid supporter of the avant garde, Mr. Parmer has premiered many new works, including the Canadian première of Smith Moore’s Nobel Prize-nominated Scenes from the Life of a Martyr (Toronto Center for Performing Arts), as well as the world première of Anthony Davis’s 9/11 commemorative Restful Mourning (Piccolo Spoleto).
Recently, Mr. Parmer—under the direction of Bill Schuman—has moved into fuller lyric roles. In addition to recital work, he has performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, Tamino in a heroic production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (entitled Mozart’s Masonic Journey), and Faust in Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust.
This past season, he made is debut with the L’orchestra symphonique de Longueil in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Upcoming engagements include the title role in Gounod’s Faust, a revival of Mozart’s Masonic Journey, and an all Verdi duet recital.
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