BIOGRAPHY

Rose Naggar-Tremblay

Mezzo-soprano Rose Naggar-Tremblay began her musical training in piano and choral singing before taking up classical voice at the age of 12. She went on to pursue studies at McGill University, where she obtained the Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, with a minor in European literature and culture.

She subsequently joined the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, where she stood out for her dark, velvety vocal timbre that resembles that of a contralto.

After making her European debut in the title role of Carmen with the Sofia Opera last October, she received First Prize for opera at the Enesco Competition in Paris, the Jeune espoir lyrique canadien scholarship, several contracts in Germany, Italy, Korea, Bulgaria and the Netherlands at the Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques gala, as well as First Prize and the prize for best performance of a Canadian work at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition, voice edition (for her performance of the song cycle Healing which she also authored and co-composed with Éric Champagne), as well as a career development grant awarded by the Fondation des Jeunesses musicales du Canada.

Possessing a rich and inventive artistic personality, her creativity and love of languages shine through in her various artistic creations, which include libretto texts and productions for children, as well as performances of contemporary operas, a repertoire especially close to her heart.

In 2018, she sang the part of Zora in Ana Sokolović’s Svadba with the Opéra de Montréal, a production which earned an Opus Award for Musical Event of the Year. The following season, she performed the role of Gertrude Stein in Twenty-Seven (Gordon and Vavrek) as well as the role of Gabrielle in the premiere of the opera La nuit est ma femme (Côté and Ivy), which ran throughout the 2019–2020 season.

An accomplished musician, she also lends her voice to chamber music, performing in numerous concerts and recitals. She recently appeared as a soloist in Palmeri’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s and Duruflé’s Requiems, and several Bach cantatas.
This past January, she performed with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, in February with the Choeur Classique de Montréal and in March, took part in the album launch of the opera La Nuit est ma femme by Mathilde Côté, on which she can be heard in the role of Gabrielle.

Pedagogical experience:
With a wealth of teaching experience to her credit, Rose Naggar-Tremblay is one in a team of official cultural mediators with the Opéra de Montréal. In addition to running a private vocal studio with students ranging in age from 5 to 60, she teaches French and creative writing to children aged 5 to 12 (U Arts Academy), songwriting to teenagers (Collège Ville-Marie), opera libretto writing to young adults suffering from mental health conditions (ET at the Opera), Italian to opera singers as well as to retired language lovers (Scuola internazionale di Teatro Giovanni Grasso) and is assisting in developing an online course on the psychology of communication (Psycom). In 2020, she gave a talk at the Université de Montréal on practices in cultural mediation.