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Reviews from New York

Caberet Exchange New York, January 23, 2009

His voice seemed to be liquid gold, a pure lyric sound that had surprising undertones in his unforced lower range. While it was always excellent, there were times when the focus was so precise as to soothe and excite at the same time.

Talk Entertainment New York, January 23,2009

This is a tenor whose time has come. A tenor who has all that is needed to soar to the top of his field. A tenor to be internationally recognized as one of the best.The timbre of his high notes. The strength and mellowness of his low tones. His controlled vibrato and crystal clear falsetto. What a voice! What a performer!

Times Colonist, Friday, January 23, 2009

Victoria singer Ken Lavigne took his big dream to the Big Apple last night — and came out with three standing ovations.

 

Past performances

News Leader, Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Conductor Charles Job hit a homer pairing his polished 28-piece orchestra with Chemainus tenor Ken Lavigne. Lavigne proved he could be called Canada’s Pavarotti during Lehar’s You Are My Heart’s Delight.

 

Times Colonist, Sunday, June 6, 2004

… there was some fine, robust singing, particularly from Lavigne. Lavigne boasts a naturally beautiful, powerful tenor voice. When he sings a favourite like Granada – sailing up and down a thrilling crescendo – it is just plain exhilarating.

Times Colonist, Friday, September 26, 2003

He’s got the looks. He’s got the charm. And he’s most certainly got the voice. There’s no denying the crossover appeal of local… operatic tenor Ken Lavigne. …his superlative voice [is] on an international level.

Victoria News Group, Wednesday, September 24, 2003

It only takes a moment for tenor Ken Lavigne to sing a single note, and the whole dreary day has changed. The rain is still dripping in a fine veil, but the clear sound lingers, acting almost like a prism refracting light.

 

The Globe and Mail, Monday, April 2, 2001

[Ken Lavigne] whose credits include roles with the Portland Oregon Opera Company, the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria, gave an outstanding performance as Pernouski, the obsessive real-estate salesman hiding a host of emotional potholes behind his sales figures. Besides giving the audience a smooth and expressive vocal tour, Lavigne created a complex, sad, but ultimately sympathetic character.