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 tenure at the COC, Mr. Decosse covered acclaimed baritones, both Canadian and
International, understudying popular roles such as Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in Le nozze di
Figaro, and the title role of Eugene Onegin.
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, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and in their special Last Night of the Proms concert. On
stage with Opera Nova Scotia, Mr. Decosse has appeared as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Wurm
in Luisa Miller, Death in Savitri, and most recently, Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers. In 2019,
Jon-Paul also received rave reviews for his appearance as a guest soloist for the Royal Nova
Scotia International Tattoo. 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
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 with Opera New Brunswick, Colline in Boheme
for both Opera Hamilton and Edmonton Opera, and Marullo in Rigoletto for both Pacific Opera
Victoria and Orchestra London Canada.