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

The Atelier lyrique is a residency program for Canadian opera singers and pianist-vocal coaches that serves as a springboard for professional development within the Opéra de Montréal. It offers tailored training in a broad spectrum of subjects for vocal artists. The Atelier ensures that each and every participant is provided with the tools they need to attain their full potential and to encourage their integration into the profession, their independence and their leadership skills

The Atelier provides privileged access to the inner workings of the Opera. It offers rewarding, passionate and enriching training where each artist is given the opportunity to explore many facets of the profession in complete confidence. Since its founding in 1984, the Atelier has contributed to the development of over two hundred artists who are now working around the world.

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 are also available. A wide array or programming throughout the entire season offers many exciting opportunities within the profession such as roles and roles studies opportunities at the Opéra de Montréal productions, chamber operas, recitals, orchestral concerts and shows in the community.
@ Tam Lan Truong - Kiri Te Kanawa et Nathan Keoughan (Atelier 2016-2018) - Concours musical international de Montréal 2018

National auditions

Registration for 2020/2010 season is now open

Our Artists

Our Residents 2019-2020
  • Frances Armstrong-Douglas

    Pianist coach

    Bio
  • Florence Bourget

    Mezzo-soprano

    Bio
  • Spencer Britten

    Tenor

    Bio
  • Vanessa Croome

    Soprano

    Bio
  • Matthew Dalen

    Tenor

    Bio
  • Brenden Friesen

    Bass-baritone

    Bio
  • Holly Kroeker

    Pianist coach

    Bio
  • Kirsten LeBlanc

    Soprano

    Bio
  • Jean-Philippe Mc Clish

    Bass-baritone

    Bio
  • Rose Naggar-Tremblay

    Mezzo-soprano

    Bio
  • Andrea Núñez

    Soprano

    Bio
  • Elizabeth Polese

    Soprano

    Bio

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 Coordinator

Team 19-20

  • Rachel Andrist

    Pianist coach (guest)

    Bio
  • Dre Francoise P. Chagnon

    Otorhinolaryngologist

    Bio
  • Jocelyn Coutu

    Choreographer and dancer

    Bio
  • Tom Diamond

    Stage director (guest)

    Bio
  • Renaud Doucet

    Stage director (guest)

    Bio
  • Guillaume Dulude

    Anxiety, motivation and leadership management strategies

    Bio
  • Nicolas Ellis

    Conductor

    Bio
  • Alain Gauthier

    Stage director

    Bio
  • Ariane Girard

    Mezzo-soprano

    Bio
  • Esther Gonthier

    Pianist coach

    Bio
  • Dominique Labelle

    Soprano

    Bio
  • Stéphane Laforest

    Conductor

    Bio