The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and the Saint Lucian artistic community today mourns the loss of Blaise Claudio Pascal, a highly regarded international tenor who died on Wednesday.
The CDF notes that Blaise’s life and career as a lyrical tenor spanned a period of over 19 years, performing across the major metropolis of the globe, yet he returned home to give of his time and talents to raise the standard of vocal performance in Saint Lucia and the region.
Keen on vocal pedagogy and performance, Pascal had begun to conduct master classes to assist aspiring singers in their vocal pursuits, a work which had also taken him to Antigua and St. Croix USVI, where he also performed.
His dream had been to initiate a vocal programme of studies through the Caribbean Development Programme, which he saw as significant to raising interest and appreciation in the region for classical vocal music. In that regard CDF is aware that Pascal had some significant projects in the pipeline which had the potential to transform the life chances of their intended beneficiaries.
An avid supporter of charity, in July 2008 he was the featured artist in a song recital for the St. Lucia Salvation Army Meals on Wheels programme. His work with the Just Us Choir and with numerous other young people rendered him more than a famous name, but someone who our youth could see and touch in their midst.
We understand that Blaise’s death has undoubtedly created a void in the continued development of the arts and although we have lost his presence, his legacy lives on in the lives and hearts of the many young persons he worked with.
We take this moment to applaud the excellent contributions of Blaise Pascal to the arts and our community and, on behalf of the Board and staff of the Cultural Development Foundation, extends sincere condolences to his family and the artistic community on the passing of this exceptional gentleman.
EARLIER REPORT: RIP: Blaise Pascal passes on (Sept. 25, 2013)
St. Lucia News Online has received confirmation that St. Lucian opera singer Blaise Pascal has died following a prolonged illness.
He was 37.
In July, Pascal was admitted at a New York Hospital in critical condition. He reportedly slipped into a coma with failing organs.
In a press release in August, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) had reported that it is concerned and stands in solidarity with the family of Pascal, a “highly regarded international tenor suffering from critical health issues”.
In the release, the CDF described Pascal as a talented musician with a passionate love for his country . The musician was said to have spent significant time trying to better the nation’s arts standard.
“…Having begun to carve out a niche for himself as a lyrical tenor performing across the major metropolis of the globe, Pascal had returned home to be able to give of his time and training to raise the standard of the arts in Saint Lucia. His work with the Just Us Choir and with numerous other young people rendered him more than a famous name, but someone who our youth could see and touch in their midst,” the release said.
“Keen on vocal pedagogy and performance, Pascal had begun to conduct master classes to assist aspiring singers in their vocal pursuits, a work which has so far also taken him to Antigua and St. Croix, USVI where he also performed,” the release further said.
Pascal, according to the release, had significant projects in the pipeline, all aimed at further advancing the nation’s art competence. These include the commencement of a vocal programme of studies through the Caribbean Development Programme “which he saw as significant to raising interest and appreciation in the region for classical vocal music”.