Doug LaBrecque thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre and toured nationally with Les Misérables. Regionally, Mr. LaBrecque has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line and Man of La Mancha among many others. A graduate of University of Michigan he was also featured in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and he starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life.
One of the most prolific concert performers of his generation, Mr. LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras, including The National Symphony, The Israel Philharmonic (Tel Aviv), The Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, among many others. In the last few years, Mr. LaBrecque’s U.S. appearances have included Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, The Utah Symphony and with the late Marvin Hamlisch both at the Ravinia Festival (with The Chicago Symphony) and with The Pittsburgh Symphony.
In a tribute to Richard Rodgers, Mr. LaBrecque recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Pops, the same season he debuted with The Boston Pops. Alongside Jeff Tyzik, he appeared with both the St. Louis and Seattle Symphonies for their Holiday Celebrations as well as numerous performances with The Naples Philharmonic. With Peter Nero he was featured in Broadway Showstoppers, a live recording with Mr. Nero’s Philly Pops. Other special engagements have included singing with Carole Bayer-Sager at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Manhattan and the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, performing alongside Broadway legend Jerry Herman with the Naples Philharmonic, and appearing onstage with Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch (singing together!) at Hickory Hill, the legendary home of Ethel Kennedy.
International engagements have included The Korean National Symphony in Seoul, Korea, the Shanghai Radio Orchestra in China, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies in Canada, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio De Janeiro, the Jerusalem Symphony and numerous return engagements with the Israel Philharmonic. Mr. LaBrecque recently appeared in Alba, Italy, as the guest soloist in an all-Bernstein concert, and he returned to the International Music Festival in The Czech Republic.