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The Opéra Studio provides training to eight young singers, two pianists and an assistant conductor, designed to enhance their skills and fast track the development of their professional career.

Training for excellence in Colmar

Artists of the Opéra Studio are selected from the most promising candidates from around the world. Based in Colmar, they spend one or two years honing their skills and technique through a practical curriculum that includes master classes and coaching in a variety of disciplines. This first-class training program caters to the needs of the latest stage crafts and aims to get the artists of each intake started in the professional world. For the 21-22 season, we have introduced a program to train a promising new conductor.

Participation throughout the season

The young artists-in-training of the Opéra Studio have the chance to perform alongside professionals and work with leading directors and conductors. This season, the singers and pianists will perform in the world premiere of the children's opera Moon Dreamers and in the opera The Child and the Spells on tour around the Grand Est region. They will also present a series of recitals in the Lyrical Breaks program. As for the young conductor, she will be the assistant on several productions and will lead the Orchestre de philharmonique de Strasbourg in a public performance of Braunfel's The Birds.

Recruitment auditions for the Opera Studio for the 2020/2021 season are now closed.

Recruitment for 2021/2022 season will open in november 2021.

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Musical Director

Vincent Monteil

After his training at the conservatories of Angers and Rueil-Malmaison, he studied musicology at the Sorbonne and perfected his skills under Gérard Devos and Pierrre Dervaux. From 1991 to 1996 Monteil was assistant conductor at the Capitole de Toulouse under Michel Plasson. In 1996 he joined the Orchestre philharmonique de Nice, where he conducted over thirty annual performances for six years. From 1999 to 2003, he was visiting director for French opera at the Prague State Opera. During the Prague Spring Festival of 2002, he conducted Carmen, Robert le Diable, and Ariane et Barbe-Bleue. The operas he recorded in Prague earned him an invitation from Sir John Eliot Gardiner to prepare the production of Ariane et Barbe-Bleue in Zurich. In 2005 he was chosen by AFAA (later CulturesFrance and today Institut Français) to spread French music worldwide for the program Un chef, un orchestre. Here he directs both symphonic and vocal concerts in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Georgia, Serbia, Russia, but also in Spain, Italy, Germany, and Canada. In 2012 he was named artistic director of the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte festival in Montepulciano, Tuscany. Since 2008 he has been musical director of the Opera Studio and musical advisor at the OnR.

Class of 2018/19