Born in Montreal, soprano Chantal Lambert is the recipient of a unanimous “Premier Prix” from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, under the mentorship of tenor André Turp, pianist-vocal coach Janine Lachance, and stage director Roland Laroche. Following an internship at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, she assumed the leadership of the program in 1990 and has remained loyal to it for more than thirty years.
At the same time, Chantal Lambert has continued to appear on stage in operas and operettas, as well as performing mélodies and songs. Her repertoires are both varied and vast, ranging from early music to new works. She made her professional debut in the role of Métella (La Vie parisienne) with Les Nouvelles Variétés Lyriques. She has appeared in 16 productions at the Opéra de Montréal, performed on several tours with the Orchestre Métropolitain, and worked with I Musici and the Orchestre baroque de Montréal; since the turn of the century, she has mainly devoted herself to recitals. She is also part of the Lune Rouge collective, collaborating on the libretto for Albertine en cinq temps – l’Opéra—after the work by Michel Tremblay, set to music by Catherine Major—in which she performs the role of Albertine at age 70.
Chantal Lambert has made the imparting of the operatic art form a pillar of her professional path. Her vocation as an educator is based on a real commitment to the development of human potential. In May 2016, she was inducted into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame.
As an ambassador for opera, Chantal Lambert takes part in its development and contributes to its ongoing longevity. She was the Chair of the Conseil québécois de la musique from 2008 to 2011 and she sits on the board of directors of the AOC (Association for Opera in Canada). She is the author of a linguistics book, Petit lexique de l’Opéra (français, anglais, italien et allemand), published by Presses universitaires européennes.
Former member of the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal. The Atelier lyrique Directorship is generously sponsored by Vanda Treiser.