Jon-Paul Décosse, “a powerful, full-throated bass-baritone” (Opera Canada), has been heralded for both his vocal and dramatic presentations in a variety of operatic and concert repertoire. Born in Ontario and based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, he is an alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premiere training program for young opera professionals. During his final season as an Ensemble member, Mr. Décosse performed the roles of Sciarrone in Tosca, DonJuan in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, and Pasquariello in Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni.
Since relocating to Nova Scotia, Jon-Paul has been a mainstay of the Nova Scotia arts community, previously appearing for Symphony Nova Scotia as a featured soloist for Handel's Messiah, as well as Mozart's Mass in C Minor. On stage with Opera Nova Scotia, Mr. Decosse has appeared as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Wurm in Luisa Miller, Death in Savitri, and later this month, Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers. Other local appearances have included bass soloist for Verdi's Requiem and Bach's St. John Passion (Collegium Cantorum), the title role in Britten's Noye's Fludd (Maritime Concert Opera), and Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Broadway Atlantic). Career highlights throughout the rest of Canada have included Schaunard in La Boheme for the Canadian Opera Company and Calgary Opera, Pistola in Falstaff with Opera Hamilton, Zaretski in Eugene Onegin for Edmonton Opera, Buonafede in Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna for Toronto's Opera in Concert, Papageno in Die Zauberflote.