Reviews

But a good Falstaff, of course, ultimately needs a good Falstaff and bass-baritone Chad Louwerse gives an absolutely brilliant performance. Louwerse is clearly in his element playing the lecherous drunkard; he has considerable experience already with comic roles, such as Sirocco in The Montreal Opera’s production of L’Etoile. He lumbers around on stage, clutching at bottles, purses and bottoms, unwashed and unscrupulous, like an elephant seal mixed with Donald Trump. At the same time, there’s an undeniable charm to his character and Louwerse’s rich, powerful voice gets that across. It’s a pleasure to see him act and a delight to hear him sing.
— James Reaney - London Free Press
UWOpera found the ideal Falstaff in baritone Chad Louwerse, whose joyful, funny, and debauched performance never lost sight of the knight’s underlying humanity.
— Nicole Laider - Beat Magazine
Chad Louwerse, who plays the portly character in both double cast presentations, literally dominated the stage in every scene in which he appeared. Chad Louwerse was born to play Falstaff. His exaggerated mannerisms, speech and singing provide the character with an over-the-top component that had the audience in stitches throughout the performance I saw.
— Rick Young - eatdrink.ca
Opening night bass-baritone Chad Louwerse as Buonafede and soprano Mireille Lebel as Lisetta stole the show with fine singing and acting.
— The Globe And Mail - Alan Conter
As his personal astrologer, the bass-baritone Chad Louwerse was…a very funny Siroco on stage and was vocally ideal. Joined in the duo “Je me sens, hélas” they brought a particularly enthusiastic auditorium to tears of laughter.
— Opéra Actuel – Daniel Lara
 
Chad Louwerse sang Jesus’ music in the Bach St. John Passion with warmth and inviting presence.
— Calgary Herald - Keneth DeLong
Chad Louwerse got the evening off to a superb start with a vivid portrayal of Le Bailli. His singing was rock solid and well projected, his character involvement complete.
— Opera Canada - Christopher Darling
Other excellent vocal contributions came...especially from the richly projected Monterone of Chad Louwerse.
— Bernard Jacobson - Musicweb International
...the drunken duet with his astrologer Siroco, bass-baritone Chad Louwerse, was a show-stopper.
— Opera Canada - Arthur Kaptanis
No less deft in the role of the Bailiff was bass-baritone Chad Louwerse, his French and his singing impeccable.
— Review Vancouver - J H Stape
Pour le comique pur, premières mentions à Chad Louwerse.
— La Presse - Claude Gingras
And the same can be said for the deft Palémon the old monk of Chad Louwerse, a versatile singer whose stage presence is always spot-on.
— J.H. Stape - Review Vancouver
 

Awards

Winner of CBC Radio Debut Young Concert Artist Series

Winner of CBC Radio West Coast Performance

Pacific Spotlight Competition

Vancouver Opera Guild Award

Vancouver Women’s Musical Society

Named to the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques.