Following the success of its live concert La compilation – The Mixtape, Opéra de Montréal has made the show available as a free webcast for a limited time. From Dec 16 to Jan 2, 2022, audiences can relive the unique concert experience, which features two great Canadian voices, mezzo-soprano Catherine Daniel (former OdeM Atelier lyrique resident, 2008-2010) and tenor Éric Laporte (Atelier lyrique, 1998-2000), alongside the current artists-in-residence of the Atelier lyrique and Orchestre Métropolitain, under the baton of Jacques Lacombe.
The concert, which was presented to a full, live audience at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on November 21, marked a hopeful return for Opéra de Montréal. The production was received with laudable support from the public including a younger demographic – 45% of the audience attending was under the age of 34, and a third were attending an opera concert for the first time.
“Our greatest privilege, as a cultural organization, is when someone starts their life-long journey in opera with us,” said Patrick Corrigan, Opéra de Montréal’s General Director. “We truly love the idea of being your ‘first’!” he exclaimed.
Since its inception in 1984, OdeM’s Atelier lyrique has served as a professional springboard for over 200+ artists-in-residence, offering a training program that encompasses voice and language lessons, mentorship by many of Canada’s leading opera artists (many themselves, prior Atelier lyrique members), and the opportunity to participate in big mainstage and in-concert performances like La compilation – The Mixtape.
The 2021-22 Atelier cohort consists of tenor Marc-Antoine Brûlé, soprano Vanessa Croome, soprano Sarah Dufresne, tenor Mishael Eusebio, mezzo-soprano Sydney Frodsham, soprano Kirsten LeBlanc, bass Matthew Li, mezzo-soprano Martina Myskohlid, baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg, and soprano Lucie St-Martin.
Listen to the webcast here from Dec 16 to Jan 2, 2022.