Rose Naggar-Tremblay

Brent Calis

Noted for depth of tone, vocal equality, mastery of breathing and emotion in singing * (Le Devoir), Rose Naggar-Tremblay began her musical training with piano and choral singing, then began her classical music singing training at the age of 12. She continued her studies at McGill University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, with a minor in European literature and culture. Since 2020, she has been studying under the tutelage of Lena Hellström-Färnlöf (director of the Academy of Music and Opera at Mälardalen University).

During her time as artist in residence at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal from 2017 to 2020, we heard Rose Naggar-Tremblay among others in Svadba and Twenty-Seven. In 2021, she made a notable debut at the Sofia Opera in the role of Carmen, then won First Prize at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, First Prize at the Georges Enesco Paris Competition, the Jeune Espoir Lyrique Canadien scholarship, and the Prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work in the MSO competition with the Healing, a cycle which she composed in collaboration with Éric Champagne. In 2022, she was named Radio-Canada Revelation in classical music 2022-2023, won Second Prize at the Prix d’Europe 2022 and was awarded the prestigious Fernand Lindsay career scholarship. In March 2022, she also participated in the launch of the opera album based on the life and texts of Jack Kerouac, La nuit est ma femme, in which she played the role of Gabrielle.

An accomplished musician, she frequently puts her voice at the service of chamber music, participating in numerous concerts and recitals. She recently sang as a soloist in Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Palmeri’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, the Mozart and Duruflé Requiems as well as numerous Bach Cantatas. (Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Mountain Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of Music Lovers, I Musici and Choir of the Orchestre Métropolitain).

In 2023, she made her debut at the Metz and Reims Opera in the role of the Second Spirit (Rusalka) as well as at the Bayerische Staatsoper, in the role of the Innkeeper (Boris Godounov) in addition to reprising the role of Carmen at the Edmonton Opera. She also produced her first mini-album of original songs, at the crossroads of French song and chamber music, entitled Je me souviens à toi.

A versatile, original and creative personality with a rich and agile timbre, both a teacher, singersongwriter and librettist, Rose Naggar-Tremblay has established herself among the new rising stars of the lyrical world in Quebec, putting forward the authenticity and instinct as a driving force for creation.* (Pan M 360).