An artist-in-residence program for Canadian opera singers and pianist Opera coaches

@ Tam Lan Truong - Kiri Te Kanawa et Nathan Keoughan (Atelier 2016-2018) - Concours musical international de Montréal 2018

National auditions for singers

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A leading artists’ residency for Canadian opera singers and pianists Opera coaches, the Atelier lyrique offers a training program—operating within the Opéra de Montréal—that serves as a springboard to professional life. In offering innovative, bilingual, and personalized training that covers the full spectrum of an opera artist’s development, the Atelier ensures that its members can reach their full potential, while fostering their autonomy, leadership, and self-achievement.

During their time at the Opéra de Montréal, the artists benefit from the expertise of seasoned specialists and get the guidance they need to prepare for roles as soloists or covers. The Atelier is characterized by its unique projects, such as an orchestral clinic and various world premieres of new works. Providing a unique look at the inner workings of the opera milieu, the Atelier lyrique offers a stimulating, exciting, and enriching environment in which each artist can explore the various facets of the profession. Since it was created in 1984, the Atelier has contributed to the development of over 200 artists, many of whom today have careers around the world and are regularly invited to perform at the company.

360° bilingual training

Becoming a professional opera singer calls for more than a beautiful voice! No different than Olympic athletes who are surrounded by experts, the young artists of the Atelier lyrique are provided with bespoke training to ensure their success. 

 Lessons and coaching in diction and singing

Our artists are regularly trained by some of the best professors and rehearsal pianists in Canada. Several master classes are also offered each season by leading international singers.

 Acting, movement and combat​

In addition to working their voices, the Atelier’s artists are given access to extensive training on all facets of the stage to fully develop as scintillating performers.

 Stage experience

Throughout the season, our artists in residence will take in a wide variety of experiences thanks to our diverse programming including roles and roles studies in Opéra de Montréal productions, chamber operas, recitals, orchestral concerts and shows in the community. These are golden opportunities to acquire experience and knit close ties with inspiring artists at the peak of their art!

 Physical and mental health​

Opera is a physically demanding art that uses the entire body. To properly prepare for the physical demands of the stage, our artists are supported according to their specific needs by sport coachs, therapists, nutritionists and ORLs to help manage their overall health and to ensure its sustainability.

 Career development​

The Opéra de Montréal network is vast, and it offers many exceptional opportunities for development such as master classes, roundtables, auditions, demo recordings, etc. Anxiety management, motivation and leadership seminars are included in the training program.

 Budgeting and taxes

Compensation is provided to artists and they are given a budget to pursue their personal development and training. Tax workshops for self-employed workers and mediation are also available.

Our Artists

Our Residents 2019-2020
  • Florence Bourget

    Mezzo-soprano

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  • Spencer Britten

    Tenor

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  • Vanessa Croome

    Soprano

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  • Matthew Dalen

    Tenor

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  • Brenden Friesen

    Bass

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  • Holly Kroeker

    Pianist coach

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  • Kirsten LeBlanc

    Soprano

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  • Jean-Philippe Mc Clish

    Bass-baritone

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  • Rose Naggar-Tremblay

    Mezzo-soprano

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  • Andrea Núñez

    Soprano

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  • Elizabeth Polese

    Soprano

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  • Frances Thielmann

    Pianist coach

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Academy

The artists benefit from the expertise of seasoned professionals to help develop vocal technique, the performance of various musical styles, acting skills, and operatic diction. The health and career management components are part of the bilingual 360º training they receive during their residency.

Chantal Lambert, Director
Marie-Ève Scarfone, Head Coach
Marie Maous, Program Coordinator
Geneviève Lessard, Production Manager

Team 19-20

  • Rachel Andrist

    Pianist coach (guest)

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  • Dre Francoise P. Chagnon

    Otorhinolaryngologist

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  • Jocelyn Coutu

    Choreographer and dancer

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  • Tom Diamond

    Stage director (guest)

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  • Renaud Doucet

    Stage director (guest)

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  • Guillaume Dulude

    Anxiety, motivation and leadership management strategies

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  • Nicolas Ellis

    Conductor

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  • Alain Gauthier

    Stage director

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  • Ariane Girard

    Mezzo-soprano

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  • Esther Gonthier

    Pianist coach

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  • Dominique Labelle

    Soprano

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  • Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière

    Director, choreographer and dancer

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