REGISTER FOR THE 2021-22 NATIONAL AUDITIONS NOW!
Dear emerging pianists, the Atelier lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal stands in solidarity with you as you face significant lost opportunities and technical resources due to COVID-19. To support you in these uncertain times we have decided to abolish registration fees for the National Auditions.
1) The application deadline is Friday, January 22, 2021, at midnight. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of registration.
2) Answers to candidates: week of February 22, 2021.
3) For the selected candidates, a recording will be requested, to be sent before Friday March 26, 2021. We will ask you to send us four videos captured with your smartphone (iPhone or Android) of:
- A short solo piano piece;
- Playing and Singing: An accompagnied recitative, by Mozart;
- First act of Puccini's La Bohème (until Schaunard enters);
- One of the two following arias: Strauss, R., Ariadne auf Naxos: Composer Aria (Komponist) or Stravinsky, The Rake’s Progress: “No word for Tom… I go to him”. The links provided must lead on Youtube, Vimeo or other.
Another evaluation in person or on Zoom will be planned and could include: coaching a singer / sight reading / following a conductor.
- Complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae;
- Photo (8 x 10 in.);
- Birth certificate and proof of citizenship; candidates must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of registration;
- One-page description of your experience and the goals of your residency at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal;
- REFERENCES: contact info (name, title, phone number, email) of two professionals in the music community who can attest to the quality of your work and your professional ethics.
- Applications and related documents become the property of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and will not be returned.
- The Atelier lyrique prioritizes candidates that are 30 years old and younger.
For any questions, please contact Marie Maous, program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BE PART OF THE FAMILY
By joining the Atelier lyrique, you may be among the privileged few in the Canadian operatic world to take advantage of a springboard for professional development at the Opéra de Montréal. This season, 8 singers and 2 pianists follow a costumized program, to ensure the full realization of their potential and encourage their autonomy and their leadership.
BEYOND THE PIANO
Delve into the personal journey of pianist Holly Kroeker who shares her story simply and sincerely. Read about her human and artistic development over the past few years, as she finds her unique path thanks to the supportive and benevolent environment of our programme.
Text : Véronique Gauthier
Photos : Marianne Charland
Holly Kroeker, pianist / coach
Atelier lyrique 2018-2021
From the time she auditioned, Holly felt that the entire Atelier team welcomed her with open arms, warmth, and kindness. “Here, I know that I can take risks, embrace who I am and push my ideas further. This is essential for learning!” It is, indeed, not enough to practice at home in one’s living room for hours on end. One must also be immersed at the heart of the action. “The Atelier enabled me to really enter into the thick of it, to lead a rehearsal, try things out, make mistakes, start over. And we are given the opportunity to work in different contexts, with different conductors and orchestras, in various musical styles.”
AN INNOVATIVE AND PERSONALIZED TRAINING
THE OPERA IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE OPERA!
DEVELOP LOCAL TALENT
When the pandemic forced performance venues to close and put our productions on hiatus, OdM team took this downtime as an opportunity to look back on our recent accomplishments. Canadian talent is abundant and the Opéra de Montréal wishes to act as a catalyst for the next generation of canadian lyric artists.
a new 100% feminine Quebec creation
In 2018, following the very first Mécénat Musica 3 Femmes competition, we invited the two recipients of the prize—composer Laurence Jobidon and playwright Pascale St-Onge—to compose the opera L'hiver attend beaucoup de moi. In 2019-2020, two of our singers-in-residence had the wonderful opportunity to be the first artists to perform the roles in this new work from Quebec, presented in world premiere. How has this experience allowed them to develop as artists?
A WORD FROM FORMER ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
CAROL-ANNE FRASER, PIANIST / Coach
"At the Atelier, I was part of a big team, like a family. The best part of my job at the Atelier was to see the singers evolve over a period of two years, to see them become complete artists, ready to venture into the professional world and share their love of opera."
JENNIFER SZETO, PIANIST / COACH
"Opéra de Montréal was my first exposure to the professional world, and I couldn't be more grateful for my experience as a young pianist and coach at the Atelier Lyrique. The "family" quality of this program creates a safe space for which we can blossom, and I found here not only a feeling of support and care, but all the tools I needed to become the artist I wanted to be."