The Académie Lyrique is a professional training body formed as a global project that covers all aspects within opera. When created in 2006 the focus was on young artists and conductors that were already professional or in the latter stages of training from the highest musical schools. Access has progressively been opened up to all artistic and technical roles within opera since 2010. This widening of the scope of teaching incorporates the full scope of the lyrical scene including stage, set and costume design.
Opening its doors on the 10th July 2006, the first Académie Lyrique brought together 5 conductors and 10 singers under the supervision of an international teaching team. They were tasked with producing a close to professional level production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in just 2 weeks. The opera was put to the public on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd July, entirely performed and directed by the students.
The internship offers the welcome typically reserved for large university campuses; in this case the Monceau Assurances training centre in Vendôme, France, where the very first performance of the opera was given followed by its two open air events at the Manoir de la Possonnière.
The whole Académie Lyrique programme, unique in France, has been hailed by the press as one of the cultural highlights of the France’s central region. For its institutional partners, the Académie Lyrique, as a European centre for training in the disciplines of opera, represents one of the cornerstones of a policy for decentralising opera to the Centre region.
Over time, the students have produced the following works:
. 2006 : Cosi fan tutte, Mozart
. 2007 : La Flûte enchantée, Mozart
. 2008 : Les Noces de Figaro, Mozart
. 2009 : Don Giovanni, Mozart
. 2010 : Carmen, Bizet
. 2011 : Le barbier de Séville, Rossini
. 2012 : L'enlèvement au Sérail, Mozart
. 2013 : La Walkyrie, Wagner
. 2014 : Falstaff, Verdi
. 2015 : L'Or du Rhin, Wagner
These have been performed at auditorium of Monceau Assurances in Vendôme and at the Château de Rochambeau.
A partnership with the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art (France’s leading arts institution) has been in place since 2007 providing a place at the Académie for 4 young students working across video, lighting, costume and set design.
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