Bernard Labadie has established himself worldwide as one of the leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, a reputation that is closely tied into his work with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which he founded and continues to lead as music director. With these two ensembles he regularly tours Canada, the US and Europe, in major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, The Barbican, The Concertgebouw and the Salzburg Festival, among others.
Ever since his triumphant debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999, Labadie has become a regular presence on the podiums of the major North American orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others.
International engagements in the past seasons have brought Mo. Labadie to conduct the Bayerischen Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Ghent, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester (Cologne) and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
On the opera podium, Maestro Labadie has served tenures as artistic director of L’Opéra de Québec and L’Opéra de Montréal. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2009-2010 season with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, a work that he also led at the Cincinnati Opera in 2011 and in which he will in 2017 make his long-awaited debut with the Canadian Opera Company. Other operatic highlights include Handel’s Orlando with Glimmerglass Opera, Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Mozart’s Lucio Silla with Santa Fe Opera. Recently he performed Handel’s Theodora and Handel’s Samson in concert form to huge critical acclaim.
Bernard Labadie’s extensive discography includes many critically acclaimed recordings on Dorian, ATMA and Virgin Classics labels, including Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and a collaborative recording of Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which received Canada’s Juno Award. His other recordings include C.P.E. Bach’s complete cello concertos with Truls Mørk and Les Violons du Roy; J.S. Bach’s complete piano concertos with Alexandre Tharaud, both by Virgin Classics; and Haydn’s piano concertos with Marc-Andre Hamelin as soloist, released by Hyperion in April 2013.
The Canadian government has honored Bernard Labadie with the appointment as “Officer of the Order of Canada” in 2005. His home province named him a “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec” in 2006.