- Montréal April 2nd and 3th, 2016
- Toronto April 4th and 5th, 2016
- London April 5th and 6th, 2016
- Vancouver April 8th 2016
Created in 1994 in Canada, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques is an international training and development programme to help young opera singers between the age of 18 and 35 at the beginning of a professionnal carreer.
Each spring, a national audition is held in the cities of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. A committe formed of European and North American officials from the world of opera selects the most talented Canadian singers who will be named Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. Following these auditions, some laureates can obtain engagements in a production or be engaged in a troupe of an opera house in Europe.
Then, in the summer and fall, some laureates are send to represent Canada in European international singing competitions or in professional training sessions.
In November, a benefit gala concert presents the Canadian laureates of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques programe as well as winnners of international singing competitions to the Montreal public. Opera directors invited from Europe and North America offer audition tours, concerts, professionnal training sessions in Europe and Asia as well as engagement in Canadian and European opera houses. The programme also gives prizes and bursaries which supports the laureates’ travelling and living expenses abroad.
Throughout the year, Mr. Alain Nonat, General and Artistic Director of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 represents Canada in international singing competitions in Europe and Asia as a jury member, where he selects laureates to be invited in Montreal for a serial of concerts and the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Benefit Gala Concert. In this way, new partnerships between opera houses and Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 are developped every year creating a network of more than 80 partners in 16 countries.
In 2005 Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 co-produced in Chengdu, China, the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet which had a Canadian, a previous laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, for the leading role of Don José.
In 2006, Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 created in Romania with Opera Brasov, an annual international programme for young singers with opera productions of French repertoire.
Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 ans the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Europe : in spring 2011, Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 organized a tour of private auditions in several opera houses in Europe (Avignon, Strasbourg, Marseille for France, and Erfurt, Würztburg, Nürnberg, Augsburg for Germany, for 6 winners of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques 2010.
To strengten its european presence and prepare the program for singers, winners of the auditions, Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 has an official representative of the program in Europe, Mr Hans Nieuwenhuis, President of the Orfeo Foundation and former Director of our partner in Netherlands, The Netherlands Opera Studio of Amsterdam, wich prepares the winners in Amsterdam before starting rouds of auditions.
XXIII GALA DES JEUNES AMBASSADEURS LYRIQUES
Application deadline: March 22, 2016 11:59 pm
Age Limit: 35
Processing fee: 85.00 CAD ($)
Location: Montréal, Toronto, London, Vancouver (Canada)
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Audition Start Date: April 02, 2016 01:00 pm
Audition End Date: April 03, 2016 03:00 pm
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Audition Start Date: April 04, 2016 01:00 pm
Audition End Date: April 05, 2016 02:30 pm
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Audition Start Date: April 05, 2016 08:00 pm
Audition End Date: April 06, 2016 12:30 pm
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Audition Start Date: April 08, 2016 10:00 am
Audition End Date: April 08, 2016 01:30 pm
1.1. Only Canadian citizens and landed immigrants born between April 2th, 1981 and April 2th,
1997 are eligible.
1.2. The candidate who wishes to participate in international singing competitions in Europe will
have to take into account the age limit of each competition and make sure he is available at the
1.3. The non-eligible candidate will be informed by e-mail and his registration fees will be
returned to him.
2. National Audition
2.1. The candidate will not be able to change the site of his audition after March 16th, 2016.
2.2. The candidate unable to perform on the day of his audition, due to professional contract,
or a flight or railway schedule must inform Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 of his situation, by
mentioning it on his registration form, and enclose material evidence. Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20,
whenever possible, will take the matter into account when making the schedule.
2.3. The candidate and his accompanist must be on the premises of the audition at least 20
minutes before the convocation time.
2.4. The candidate will not be allowed to modify the date and hour of convocation after the
registration date and must respect the order of appearance at all times.
2.5. The candidate unable to perform at the required time will be disqualified unless he has
justified his absence to Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 which will then modify, at its discretion, the
order of appearance.
2.6. In case of cancellation, the candidate must inform Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20‘s
administration as soon as possible.
2.7. The candidate will be informed by e-mail of the audition results during the week of April
3. Final Selection Gala
3.1. The laureate must officially accept to perform at the final selection gala presented in
Montréal on November 27th, 2016.
3.2. In case of cancellation because of illness, Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20’s administration must be
informed as soon as possible. In case of cancellation because of a professional contract,
Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20’s administration must be informed at least 15 days before the event.
3.3. The laureate may be invited to participate to the Rencontres lyriques internationales de
Montréal held in November 24th,25th and 26th, 2016.
4.1. The selection committee has the right to withhold prizes or bursaries or share them.
4.2. Decisions of the selection committee are final and irrevocable.
5. National Audition Repertoire
5.1. The candidate will have to present, from memory, two operatic arias in different languages and a French melody or a lied. (The candidate wishing to participate for the Francis Poulenc Prize will have to sing either the French melody or one of the operatic arias from this composer.)
5.2. The candidate will choose the first piece he wishes to sing. The selection committee has the right to listen to only one or two pieces.
5.3. Audition time must not exceed 15 minutes. Otherwise, the Chairman of the selection
committee reserves the right to interrupt the candidate.
5.4. The candidate must write the name of the composer, the length and complete title of each
work on the registration form.
5.5. No repertoire modification will be accepted after Mars 16th, 2016, otherwise he will be disqualified.
6. Final Selection Gala Repertoire
6.1. Each laureate will be invited to sing in an ensemble (duo, trio, quatuor….)
6.2. A list of five operatic arias and a list of known ensembles will have to be submitted upon request before the end of June 2015 to Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20. Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 reserves the rights to request other possible choices from the laureate.
7. Registration Fees
7.1. The registration fee is 85 Canadian dollars payable by PAYPAL (Merchant: Théâtre
Lyrichorégra 20, email: THEATREL20@gmail.com)
7.2. Registration fees are not reimbursable.
7.3. The candidate who has not paid his registration fee of 85 Canadian dollars by March 16th,
2016 will not be invited to audition.
7.4. The candidate must come with his own accompanist. We can suggest some names if he has not.
8. Registration Documents
8.1. The candidate must send by email with his registration form, a resume, a photography of
good quality, a photocopy of his passport or birth certificate, and a proof of landed immigrant
status if applicable.
8.2. Mailing of the candidate’s registration documents must be sent to THEATREL20@gmail.com before March 16th, 2016 at the latest.
8.3. Late and incomplete registrations will not be accepted.
8.4. Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 reserves the right to request from the candidate supplementary
documentation or information.
9. Laureate’s Agreements
9.1. The laureate selected for an international singing competition in Europe will officially
commit himself to participate in it. In the event of an impossibility, the laureate will have to
inform Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 during the week of April 18th, 2016
9.2. The laureate selected for a professional training session, a tour of auditions, or an engagement must confirm his participation in the month following the announcement.
9.3. The laureate chosen for an engagement must abide by the contract of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20’s partners and sign his contract without an agent.
9.4. The prizes and bursaries will be forfeited if laureates do not abide by the conditions of said
prizes and bursaries.
9.5. The laureate must agree to include in all personal publicity (resume, website, media interviews, etc.) and for a period of five years, that he has been a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques programme of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20.
9.6. The laureate must also indicate that the prizes and bursaries obtained in international singing competitions as well as training sessions, concerts or audition tours, engagements or prizes and bursaries offered at the gala were the result of his participation to the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques programme of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20.
9.7. The laureate is held to release all rights of solicitation, diffusion and all kinds of recordings as well as the right of sequel for an undetermined period. The laureate agrees to the future use of the recordings of their performances.
9.8. The laureate must be available for any interview and /or promotional encounters relating to the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques programme.
Non-compliance to the participation rules and regulations may result in the disqualification without appeal of the candidate.
What is offered by the programme
Engagements in a production or in a troupe of an opera house in Europe
Support bursaries for transport
Nomination du Jeune Espoir Lyrique Canadien 2016.
Bourses lyriques allemandes – Bourses Lyriques Québec-Bavière - Bourse Lyrique Italienne–
Bourse Lyrique Française – Bourse Lyrique Mexicaine– Bourse Lyrique Bielorusse - Bourse
Lyrique Tchèque et Slovaque – Bourse Lyrique Hollandaise – Bourse Centre français de promotion
Lyrique – Bourse Francis Poulenc
Tours of auditions in European opera houses
Concerts in Europe, Mexico and Asia
Training sessions in Europe
Participations in semi-finals of international singing competitions in Europe
Concours international de chant de Marmande (France) firstname.lastname@example.org
Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici-Spazio Musica (Italy)
Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Liciri Citta di Alcamo (Italy)
Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Cantanti Lirici Riccardo Zandonai (Italy
Minsk International Singing Competition (Bielorussia www.bolshoibelarus.by
Alexandre Desjeunes, Assistant du Directeur Général
1 (514) 632-2772
Audition type: Young Artist Programme
Published Date: March 08, 2016