The festival

The 15th edition of the Montreal Vocal Arts Festival will host 56 talented young singers from 13 countries who will amaze the audience by their performance while they perfect their craft under world-renowned teachers. This great celebration of singing under the artistic direction of Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler will take place from July 23 to August 10, 2018. Once again this year, opera lovers will be fulfilled with program that includes 4 master classes, a benefit performance, 3 thematic recitals, a gala concert and a staged production of the opera Cendrillon by Jules Massenet.

Monday July
23
Sherrill Milnes

SHERRILL MILNES MASTER CLASS

American baritone Sherill Milnes has sung over 650 performances at the Met and starred on the world’s most prestigious stages. In his formidable discography, he can be heard along legendary singers such as Montserrat Caballé, Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and others. In 2008 he received the Opera News Award for career achievement.

Master classes offer a unique insight in the special relationship between a celebrated teacher and a promising young artist. Each one will feature 3 to 5 singers who will perform some of the most beloved arias of the repertoire under the tutelage of some of the most respected teachers in the opera world.

NB: The master classes are given in English.

Monday, July 23, 7:30 PM | Serge Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-18

Wednesday July
25
Joan Dornemann

JOAN DORNEMANN MASTER CLASS

Assistant conductor and coach for over 40 years at the Metropolitan Opera, Joan Dornemann has worked closely with the greatest singers of our times. Cofounder of the International Vocal Arts Institute, she is also one of the most respected teachers.

Master classes offer a unique insight in the special relationship between a celebrated teacher and a promising young artist. Each one will feature 3 to 5 singers who will perform some of the most beloved arias of the repertoire under the tutelage of some of the most respected teachers in the opera world.

NB: The master classes are given in English.

Wesdnesday, July 25, 7:30 PM | Serge Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-18

Friday July
27
Neil Shicoff

NEIL SHICOFF MASTER CLASS

Brooklyn born Neil Shicoff has sung the greatest tenor roles at the Met as well, among others, at La Scala, Covent Garden and the Vienna Staatsoper who celebrated his career of 40 years with a huge gala concert in 2015.

Master classes offer a unique insight in the special relationship between a celebrated teacher and a promising young artist. Each one will feature 3 to 5 singers who will perform some of the most beloved arias of the repertoire under the tutelage of some of the most respected teachers in the opera world.

NB: The master classes are given in English.

Friday, July 27, 7:30 PM | Serge Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-18

Monday July
30
Norah Amsellem

BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURING SOPRANO NORAH AMSELLEM

French soprano Norah Amsellem who performs on the world’s most prominent stages is the featured star of an exceptional benefit recital in support of young opera singers taking part in CVAI.

Monday, July 30, 5:30 PM | Cocktail dinner followed by a private recital. Information (514) 554-8822

Wednesday August
1st
ARIAS

VOCAL RECITAL : ARIAS

A formidable occasion to hear some of the most popular arias of the repertoire in one evening.

Recital featuring our participants.

Piano accompaniment

Wednesday, August 1st, 7:30 PM | Serge Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-18

Friday August
3
Rainer Armbrust

VOCAL RECITAL FROM EUROPE TO BROADWAY

Rainer Armbrust, conductor and coach at the Bayreuth Festival, is the musical and artistic director of this recital featuring songs and Lieder from the German, French and American repertoire.

Recital featuring our participants.

Piano accompaniment

Friday, August 3, 7:30 PM | Serge Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-18

Saturday August
4
Richard Margison

RICHARD MARGISON MASTER CLASS

One of the most celebrated Canadian singers worldwide, tenor Richard Margison has sung 176 performances in a span of 15 seasons at the Met, as well as the most prominent stages throughout his outstanding career.

Master classes offer a unique insight in the special relationship between a celebrated teacher and a promising young artist. Each one will feature 3 to 5 singers who will perform some of the most beloved arias of the repertoire under the tutelage of some of the most respected teachers in the opera world.

NB: The master classes are given in English.

Saturday, August 4, 6:00 PM | Serge Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-18

Monday August
6
Bel canto

BEL CANTO RECITAL

Bel Canto is synonymous with what is most seductive in Italian opera. It is under that theme that our young artists will give the full measure of their talent. Fireworks in store!

Artistic director: Joan Dornemann

Piano accompaniment

Monday, August 6, 7:30 PM | Serge Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-18

Wednesday August
8
Gala

GALA CONCERT FROM POPPEA TO PUCCINI

The gala concert is a magical evening at the Montreal Vocal Arts Festival. The 56 participants are featured in a program that offers arias, duets, ensembles and even choirs. Three centuries of opera echo in a cavalcade of performances. Year in and year out, the gala concert and the staged opera productions are the most awaited events for the faithful audience of the Vocal Arts Festival.

Musical direction: Joan Dornemann & Paul Nadler | Staging: Joshua Major

Piano accompaniment

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 PM | Claude-Champagne Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets: From $ 10 to 35

Friday August
10
Cendrillon

OPERA EVENING CENDRILLON BY JULES MASSENET

Young Cendrillon (Cinderella) goes from rags to riches, thanks to a loving prince charming, while she suffers scorn and humiliations from her cruel step-mother. The wealth of melodic invention of the score and the virtuosity it requires from the singers blend in a work that oscillates between wonderment and anxiety, laugh and tears, lightness and gravity. This other operatic masterpiece from the composer of Manon, Werther and Thaïs was a tremendous success from the day of its premiere.

Sung in French with French and English subtitles

Musical direction: Paul Nadler | Stage direction: Joshua Major

Technical direction: Onil Brousseau | Set and scenography: Carl Pelletier

Lighting: Serge Pelletier | Costumes: Margaux Tabary

Piano accompaniment: Yang Lin

Friday, August 10, 7:00 PM | Claude-Champagne Hall, U de M. | Tickets: From $ 10 to 35