15,121 people discover opera !

The Opéra de Montréal is continuing its educational and social initiatives by broadening its scope and increasing its activities to reach a maximum number of groups. The 2018-2019 season was indeed a splendid one: 15,121 youths and adults took part in activities that introduced them to—or raised their awareness of—opera. Our actions also expanded geographically with the presentation of discussions in new locations: St-Jérôme and Longueuil.

10,417 youths participated in our educational activities & 4,704 adults participated in our outreach activities



Hansel, Gretel… et les autres!

Started last year, this project consists of a video that pulls back the curtain on the backstage goings-on at an opera, featuring significant excerpts from the show Hänsel and Gretel by Humperdinck, presented by the Atelier lyrique in 2014. Hosted by the show’s Gretel, soprano Frédérique Drolet, the video is available online, free for all elementary schools (3rd cycle) and high schools (1st cycle) in Quebec. 221 groups—representing a total of 4,404 people—have viewed the video since it was launched in the spring of 2018.

Our partners: CALQ, Molson Foundation, Fogolabs

Custom workshops for all audiences

Each year, the Opéra de Montréal makes its way throughout the Greater Montreal region, holding introduction-to-opera workshops that have been customized for regular clienteles and those with specific needs. Each workshop is led by singers and a mediator.

This season, we worked with:

  • 73 Secondary V students from École internationale Jacques-Hermans in Granby
  • 30 Secondary V students from École Coteau in Mascouche
  • 27 students from Collège Ahuntsic and Édouard-Montpetit cégeps

We also:

  • Welcomed 30 autistic children, 80 people with intellectual disabilities, and 12 youths and teens with mental health issues to our dress rehearsals
  • Took part in the Institut du Nouveau monde’s summer school
  • Launched a pilot project—YO’péra—which uses the creation of an opera as a means of social reintegration
  • Organized our first customized workshop for (21) retired people at the Cummings Centre

Our partners: La Fabrique culturelle (Télé-Québec), CSDM

Student Dress Rehearsals: for students of ages 12 to 17

Every year, the Opéra de Montréal opens up three of its dress rehearsals to students of ages 12 to 17, free of charge, making some 6,000 seats available to them (2,000 per dress rehearsal). This season, 5,258 youths attended the rehearsals for Das Rheingold (Wagner), Champion (Blanchard/Cristofer), and Carmen (Bizet). With each rehearsal, the opera venue takes on the atmosphere of a rock concert that would turn Madonna or Lady Gaga green with envy!

Our partners: Bernard and Merle Stotland and Family, RBC Private Banking, Énergir

School Matinee

For 3rd cycle elementary school students, we offer the show 400 Years of Opera, with singers from the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, a pianist, costumes, sets, projections, and a narrator. This matinee is also a highlight of the Une école montréalaise pour tous project, which gives some fifteen schools in underprivileged areas of Montreal the opportunity to take part in vocal workshops and a backstage tour. In addition to the show this year, we offered a package of three opera workshops: a tour of the stage, a wig and makeup workshop, and a tour of the costume shop. This season, 558 children attended the school matinees.

Our partners: Une école montréalaise pour tous, Ville de Montréal

coOpera – 15th edition

The 2018-2019 season marked the 15th anniversary of the coOpera cocreation project, in which 90 Grade 5 and 6 students from four CSDM schools in underprivileged areas reinvented Bizet’s Carmen in their very own way. Over the course of the year, they rewrite the story, build sets and props, handle stage management, sing, dance, and more… For the 15th edition, the show was presented at the Monument-National with 3,000 spectators attending.

Our partner: BMO Financial Group

Youth Fusion

As a mentor for the Youth Fusion organization, the Opéra de Montréal facilitated the creation of a mini-opera by 45 youths in three Montreal schools who used the coOpera toolkit to create a show inspired by Carmen.

Our partners: BMO Financial Group, CSDM, Ville de Montréal, Hydro (until 2015), Télé-Québec, Université de Montréal



Let’s Talk Opera

A series of discussions covering each of the operas in the season—featuring musicologist Pierre Vachon, singers, and guests—held in various Montreal neighbourhoods and in surrounding areas, in English and in French. Increasingly popular, this series drew close to 3,385 people this year.


  • Maison de la culture Frontenac
  • Grande Bibliothèque
  • Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul
  • Cégep St-Laurent
  • Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault – St-Jérôme
  • Maison de la culture Longueuil
  • Victoria Hall

Our partners: BAnQ, Victoria Hall, Ici musique

Interviews, discussions, round table, concert-talk

In 2018-2019, the Opéra also took part in various cultural activities and others focused on democratization and education.

  • Institut du Nouveau monde: talk/workshop
  • D’un œil différent event: talk
  • Art and Education colloquium – BAnQ and Place des Arts
  • FACE School: talk on the importance of art
  • Callas film: presentation and round table
  • International observatory on music mediation: talk


Groupe des onze

Third and final year of the Inclusive Culture Laboratory project, headed by Exeko, addressing institutional access to the arts. This three-year project will culminate with the drafting of an accessibility charter endorsed by UNESCO.

Our partners: Exeko, CAM, CCUNESCO




Our great thanks go out to all of our partners who are an integral part of our democratization and education efforts, and who understand how important the arts are to the development of all human beings. Partners are listed with the specific project they support.

The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation is our principal education and outreach partner.