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The Lyon Opera Studio

The Lyon Opera is also a training centre for young singers, through its Lyon Opera Studio programme and its director Jochen Breiholz. Founded in 1982, it was renamed in 2022 by the Lyon Opera's new head Richard Brunel and given a new mission: to recruit a small number of singers to join the opera house for one season. This permanent troupe will benefit from extensive professional training, reinforced by masterclasses with great opera performers. The singers of the Lyon Opera Studio will perform a wide repertoire and participate in several opera productions.


Ever since “L’Atelier d’interprétation vocale et dramatique” was founded in 1982, the Lyon Opera House has been a training centre for young artists. In 40 years, the structure has changed several times, as has the name: Opera Workshop, New Studio… Now, in 2022, under the direction of Richard Brunel, the project is entering a new phase with a new title: the Lyon Opera Studio. An ensemble of soloists will be hired, based on the model of a permanent troupe, and perform in productions throughout the season. Some may then be invited to continue for a second year. The singers of the Lyon Opera Studio, based in the heart of the opera house, will benefit from professional coaching and development over time, accompanied by teachers and conductors, not just vocally and musically, but also in terms of acting and stagecraft. They will also have the opportunity to participate in master classes with great opera performers. Lyon Opera Studio soloists will take part in several productions and gain experience in a wide range of repertoire — from Mozart to Bernstein, via Massenet or Janáček for the 2022-2023 season. The singers will also be involved in smaller projects, and each will have the opportunity to give a recital at the opera house.
Lyon Opera Studio received 1,089 applications from Europe, naturally, but also 74 other countries, including Iran, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Abkhazia... 250 young artists were invited to Lyon for auditions.

To begin with, five of the most promising singers will join the Lyon Opera House for the 2022-2023 season.


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