Benoît Boutet. Tenor, b Quebec City l Jul 1960; M MUS (Laval) 1984, Artist Diploma opera (Toronto) 1986. Introduced to singing by his father, Pierre Boutet, he studied music at the Collège Ste-Foy, at the CMQ, and at Laval University with Donna Klimoska and Louise André. He continued his studies with Léopold Simoneau in 1983 at Canada Opera Piccola, and with Patricia Kern 1984-6 at the University of Toronto, before singing 1986-8 with the COC Ensemble. He won the Concours de musique du Québec in 1981 and the International Stepping Stones of the Canadian Music Competitions in 1986 and was on two occasions (1983, 1986) finalist in the Young Canadian Mozart Singers' Competition in Toronto. He began to participate in CBC radio broadcasts in 1979 and sang in some 30 operas 1980-91, notably in Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton and with the Opéra de Montréal. He made his international stage debut in San Francisco in 1989 in the role of Fenton in Falstaff. His repertoire includes opera, oratorio, and art song.
See also René Boutet (his brother).