The Academie of the Opera-Comique

Key player in lyric creation for over three centuries, the Opéra Comique is now opening the Académie.


Dedicated to the next generation of performers, the Académie Favart focuses on the promotion of the Opéra Comique’s repertoire and on the transmission of its specific art of interpretation, which deeply draws on text and theatrical play.

The Académie is a center of artistic excellence, focusing on French singing and spoken-song techniques. It strives to promote the emergence of a new generation of performers, inviting them to take a fresh look at the comic opera genre and its vibrancy.

Each season, the Académie welcomes:

•  2 orchestra conductors ;
•  1 choirmaster ;
•  2 stage assistants;
•  5 singers ;
•  2 pianist choirmaster.


Each season, our Passerelle scheme offers a member of the Maîtrise the opportunity to benefit from the Académie’s training programme and to take part in some of its artistic projects.

Academicians 2023-2024

Académiciens 2023-2024 © Céline Villegas

Lyrical Artists

Floriane Derthe
Camille Chopin
Marion Vergez-Pascal
Juliette Gauthier
Abel Zamora

Lyrical Artists, passerelle

Ludmilla Bouakkaz


Voice Coach

Voice Coach
Héloïse Bertrand-Oleari


Guillemette Daboval
Sammy El Ghadab

Stage direction

Stage direction
Barthélémy Fortier
Stage direction
Sophie Planté


Iris Thion-Poncet

Académie's shows

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Auditions held each year

National auditions have been organized in 2022 with this in mind and will take place every year.

With the support of

Aline Foriel-Destezet, Major Patron of the Opéra-Comique

supports the Directing Class

Fondation Eurydice

The Opéra-Comique would also like to thank the Academy's major donors

bourses Malvina et Denise Menda © Stefan Brion

Call for applications for the Académie de l'Opéra-Comique

New looks and new voices for the Opéra-Comique

Intended for new generations of performers, the Academy is dedicated to promoting the comic opera repertoire and transmitting its specific art of interpretation, as closely as possible to texts and theatrical performance.

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Bourses Menda

Malvina and Denise Menda scholarships

For young opera singers

With funds from a generous bequest, the Opéra Comique and the Fondation de France award 9,500€ scholarships to five talented young soloists every year in order to further support young talents while promoting equal opportunities.

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