A trained pianist, Denise Massé took an early interest in opera, working with Maestro Mario Bernardi at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 1975, and later at the Opéra de Montréal, from 1980 to 1993.
In October 1993, she became a vocal coach at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, specializing in the French repertoire. She has been working there for the past 20 years now with, among others, Placido Domingo, René Pape, Bryn Terfel, Renée Flemming, Anna Netrebko, Susan Graham, Deborah Voigt, and Stephanie Blythe.
Since arriving in the United States, she has also collaborated with the Los Angeles, Washington, and Santa Fe operas, and has taken part in productions of French operas abroad, at the Berlin Staatsoper, the Wiener Staatsoper, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo.
Such record labels as Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, and Decca, as well as symphony orchestras in Cleveland, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia have engaged Ms. Massé as a vocal coach for numerous opera recordings and opera-in-concert performances.
Over the course of her career, she has had the pleasure of working under the direction of such great masters as Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Mazur, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle, Colin Davis, and Daniel Barenboim.
A faculty member of the Juilliard School since 1999, she also taught at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2012, and since 2012 has worked with the young singers of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. For the past few years, she has been involved in the summer programs at Ravinia’s Stean’s Institute, and at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany.