American baritone Timothy Lafontaine has enjoyed a career spanning the dramatic roles of Verdi, the lyric roles of Puccini, the great characters of Mozart to the splendidly silly buffos of Rossini and Donizetti. He recently returned to Mobile Opera where he sang the title role in Donizetti‘s Don Pasquale. Last summer he performed Tony in Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella for Di Capo Opera Theater in New York City. Past performances include Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree with Amarillo Opera , Pilot Season - An Evening of American One-Acts with the Charleston Chamber Opera for Piccolo Spoleto, Gianni Schicchi for Skylight Opera Theater and Rigoletto for Harrisburg Opera and Opera Ginasio di Portugal in Madiera, Portugal and Ping in Puccini’s Turandot for Fresno Grand Opera and Mobile Opera. A highlight of past seasons was the role of Steno in Opera Orchestra of New York’s concert performance of Donizetti’s Marino Falliero at Carnegie Hall which was broadcast nationally on PBS radio. Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia has become one of his signature roles with productions that include Festival Opera de Saint Eustache in Quebec, Harrisburg Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Festival-en-mer in Belle Isle , France, the Helena Symphony and Producao Exmovere Festival of Lisbon, Portugal. The role of Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro marked his debut with Syracuse Opera.
Mr. Lafontaine also enjoys an active career in concert and oratorio. He has recently returned from Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Belle Isle, France where he sang the baritone solo in Brahm’s Requiem. Other engagements include a recital at the Teatro Gymnasio and a Verdi Concert at the Geronimo Monastery both in Lisbon, Portugal, Rossini's La Petite Messe Solennelle with Montreal's L'Orchestre Symphonique du Nouveau Monde and Verdi's Requiem with the Queens College Chorus and Symphony. He sang Orff's Carmina Burana with the Hilton Head Symphony and the Kennet Symphony Orchestra, Puccini’s Messe di Gloria with the Great Neck Choral Society, Rossini’s La Petite Messe Solennelle with the New Haven Chorale and an Evening of Opera Arias and Scenes with the Pro Arte Chorale. During the Mozart Bicentennial at Lincoln Center, Mr. Lafontaine sang the baritone solo in Mozart’s Waisenhausmesse with the Goliard Consort. He has sung the baritone solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Brooklyn Performing Arts, Bach’s Kaffee Kantate with the Virginia Beach Pops Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chorus and Handel’s Samson and Alexander’s Feast with the Great Neck Choral Society.