REGISTER FOR THE 2021-22 NATIONAL AUDITIONS NOW!
Dear emerging singers, 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.
Register online now : the application deadline is Friday, August 28, 2020, at midnight. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants at the time of registration.
For the first time this year, we ask you send in an “iPhone-type” video of two opera arias with piano accompaniment that are as diversified as possible, recorded during the 2019-2020 season (in the last 12 months), representing your current abilities. Links to your recordings must lead to YouTube, Vimeo, website, or another online platform.
- 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;
- Link (YouTube, website, or other) to a video recording of your 2 opera arias;
- 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.
- In the current context of the pandemic, and in an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all those involved, the dates of the national auditions for our 21-22 season will be confirmed at a later date.
- The dates for the call backs in Montreal will also be confirmed as soon as possible. The finalists will convene for an intensive working session and for the Gala Talent 2020 which is the final round of the auditions.
- Given the looming uncertainty of the coming months, the selection of the finalists might be based on the recordings you provide us. You will be informed by email if you have been given an audition.
- 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.
National Auditions Partner : Mrs. Vanda Treiser and in memory of M. Benjamin Treiser.
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 VOICE
Delve into the personal journeys of three graduating artists who share their story simply and sincerely. Read about their human and artistic development over the past few years, as they find their unique voice thanks to the supportive and benevolent environment of our programme.
Texts : Véronique Gauthier
Photos : Marianne Charland
Spencer Britten, tenor
“I really feel that I’m part of the company here. I hope in the future to still be able to grow with the company, and to be part of the company’s growth too. It feels like we’re going to be in contact for a long time!”
Rose Naggar-Tremblay, mezzo-soprano
“I came here for a seal of approval from a major operatic institution. I found a family, a great deal of compassion, some tough questions, the time to find answers, and above all, artistic emancipation.”
Elizabeth Polese, soprano
“They really want the best for us. I think their approach is to highlight someone’s greatest qualities and build them up. And to give them all the support they need to just go where they need to go.”
AN INNOVATIVE AND PERSONALIZED TRAINING
ON STAGE AT SALLE WILFRID-PELLETIER
Join the Atelier lyrique and take part in the great productions presented on the stage of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier alongside singers of international reputation. This season, tenor Spencer Britten, bass Brenden Friesen and bass-baritone Jean-Philippe Mc Clish had the tremendous opportunity of being cast in Eugene Onegin alongside star soprano Nicole Car and Quebec baritone Etienne Dupuis, a graduate of the Atelier lyrique with an enviable career. Then, Jean-Philippe collaborated with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a roster of extraordinary singers in Fidelio. Finally, mezzo-soprano Florence Bourget sang the role of Alice in Lucia di Lammermoor as well as Angel 2 in Written on Skin.
Pictured to the left: Spencer Britten as Triquet (Eugene Onegin), Elizabeth Polese as Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Florence Bourget as Angel 2 (Written on Skin) and Florence Bourget & Andrea Núñez as Rhinemaidens (Das Rheingold). (Credit: Yves Renaud)
ONE ON ONE WITH THE ORCHESTRA
Imagine rehearsing for 15 hours with rising star conductor Nicolas Ellis and his Orchestre de l’Agora; then presenting to the public, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the fruits of your labour. A unique experience that only the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal offers among Canadian training programs.
FRUITFUL COLLABORATIONS, INSPIRING MENTORS
Several times a year, the Atelier lyrique invites key players from the opera world to come and give master classes to our artists in residence. Since the start of the season, they have benefited from the knowledge and experience of great artists including Daniel Okulitch, Nicole Car, Etienne Dupuis and Michael McMahon.
Pictured to the left: Atelier lyrique resident artists taking part in master classes with Nicole Car, Phillip Addis and Rachel Andrist. (Credit: Kevin Calixte et Brenden Friesen)
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. This season, 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, which will soon have its world premiere. How has this experience allowed them to develop as artists?
A WORD FROM FORMER ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Etienne Dupuis, baritone | Atelier 2002-2005
'' Learning the inner workings of the professional opera world, while being guided, helped, and protected... The Atelier lyrique is the crew that teaches you how to become the captain of your own ship. ''
Credit: Yves Renaud (Eugene Onegin, 2019, Opéra de Montréal)
Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano | Atelier 2003-2006
'' My years at the Atelier lyrique were transformative. They allowed me to discover and define the artist I am today, and they gave me the momentum for what came next ! ''
Credit: Yves Renaud (Cendrillon, 2010, Opéra de Montréal)
Phillip Addis, baritone | Atelier 2002-2005
'' The impact of those years is still being felt in several of my current projects, and most of my major successes are directly related to the opportunities offered to me while I was at the Atelier lyrique. ''
Credit: Yves Renaud (Werther, 2011, Opéra de Montréal)