Grandir sur scène with the Maîtrise Populaire

La Maitrise Populaire © Stefan Brion


The Opéra Comique’s Maîtrise Populaire is an artistic, educational and social scheme which aims at making learning music and singing accessible to the greatest number. Relying on active learning pedagogy, the Maîtrise’s director, Sarah Koné, instils the joy of learning in 124 initially non-musician pupils, aged 8 to 25. The majority of these pupils comes from REP and REP+2 schools.

The Maîtrise Populaire’s curriculum is composed of 4 Cycles (Pre-Maîtrise, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cycle). Pupils enrol on adjusted joint courses (CHAM classes) alternating between school and stage performances in the Salle Favart’s operas or taking part in concerts to gain experience.

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The Maîtrise Populaire’s main objectives

Integration initiative

To offer new accesses to culture and education

Apprenticeship and alternative education

Through alternative education, instil the joy of learning in future generations

Personal development and assertiveness

Promote the personal development, self-confidence and academic success of young people from disadvantaged areas


115 pupils at the Maîtrise in 2020

9 art disciplines are taught

65 % of the Maîtrise’s pupils come from REP and REP+ schools in 2020

“What a great initiative it is to bring music where it is rare!”

Contributor of the crowdfunding campaign

The Maîtrise Populaire of the Opéra-Comique

Founded in 2016, the Maîtrise Populaire is a troupe composed of young people aged 8 to 25 (Year 5 / 4th grade to university) who are trained in performing arts, based on a multidisciplinary approach.

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Marion Minard

In charge of Corporate Sponsors

Marion Milo