Having spent 33 years as a professional with the Canadian Opera Company -- at 17, he was their youngest chorister -- lyric tenor Mark DuBois is no stranger to the stage, and no stranger, either, to the Capitol Theatre.
Mr. DuBois returns to the Capitol for a Christmas concert this Friday, November 25, at 8 p.m.
"The key word to describe this concert is 'accessible,'" says Mr. DuBois, adding there will be a mix of classical and popular Christmas favourites, along with some opera and operetta and Broadway tunes, as well.
"It will be anything but heavy," said Mr. DuBois.
Familiar holiday fare like White Christmas, O Holy Night and I'll be Home for Christmas will share the bill with selections from Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story.
"The youngest of my four daughters, nine-year-old Elisabeth, will be singing with me," he noted, adding that Elisabeth sings a beautiful Brahms' Lullaby, in the original German.
Also sharing the stage will be Nickie Minshall, soprano, a student of Mr. DuBois' who plans to make music her profession, and his piano accompanist, Danny McErlain.
The presence of the two young people on stage will make for a "family" feeling, especially appropriate at a Christmas event, said Mr. DuBois.
Returning to the Capitol is a pleasure for this world traveller, who has earned sterling reviews from critics in London (England), Toronto, Paris, Australia and New Zealand as well as North American cities from Los Angeles to St. John's and from Phoenix to Vancouver.
He characterized the Capitol as "a lovely theatre".
"What artists really love (about the Capitol) is the atmosphere," he added.
Mark DuBois is familiar to Northumberland audiences from many appearances at Cobourg's Victoria Hall and Campbellford's Westben theatre.
"You know the audience really likes you when they buy your CDs and come backstage after the performance to have you sign them," he said.
Mr. DuBois has been featured on over a dozen recordings, including "The Music Within," a collection of his opera-to-Broadway selections, and Chansons D'Amore, which was nominated for a Juno Award in 2000.
For tickets to this or any performance at the Capitol, the box office phone number is 905 885 1071.