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Magali Simard-Galdés

Young soprano from Quebec, Magali Simard-Galdes began studying music by the violin at the age of four. Promised to a career in medicine, she changed her mind and instead chosed her passion: opera.

She trained at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where she received her award with unanimous high distinction in 2016. She was also a member of the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, from 2014 to 2016, and received a scholarship of excellence following her remarkable studies.

Among her teachers are Aline Kutan, Gabrielle Lavigne, Ethel Guéret, Edith Wiens and Diana Damrau. She has sung in master-classe for many famous artists: Natalie Dessay, Markus Werba, Russel Braun, Thomas Quafthoff and Camilla Nylund.

From 2010 to 2013, she is three times winner of the first prize, singing category, of the Canadian Music Competition and in the winter of 2014 she is a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She made her debut on the international competition scene in 2015 by participating in the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Amsterdam, then at the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition in London, accompanied by Olivier Hébert-Bouchard on piano.

Magali enjoyed the valuable support of the Vancouver Opera Guild (2016 Career Development Grant), the Jeunesses Musicales Foundation of Canada and the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Canadian opera singers.

In 2015, she made noticed professional debuts, in the role of Nicette (Le Pré aux Clercs) at the Wexford Festival Opera. The London Times said that "the evening belonged to the young soprano Magali Simard-Galdès (Nicette) who made her professional debut with brilliance ...". The festival also awarded her the Gerard Arnhold Bursary, following her participation in the 2015 edition.

At the opera, she was already heard in the roles of Le Feu / Rossignol (L'Enfant et les sortilèges) , Girl (Trouble in Tahiti), Miss Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Lilette (Trois jeunes filles nues), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Venus (Orphée aux enfers).

In recital, she had the pleasure to be "Young artist of the new generation" at the festival of chamber music "Concerts in Bic Islands" (2014) and to be in the programming of the "Lunchtime recitals" of the Wexford Festival Opera (2015).

This season 16/17, Magali makes her debut at the Opéra de Montréal in the role of Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), sings the solo soprano part of Mozart's Mass in Ut at the Classica Festival and makes a Canadian tour of 30 recitals, offered as recipient of the 2015 edition of the Maureen-Forrester Award of the Jeunesses musicales du Canada.

She was also selected to participate in the "Pinocchio" residence of the Académie du Festival international d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence.