L'Académie de l'Opéra-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

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

Lyrical Artists, passerelle

Biographie Ludmila Bouakkaz
Ludmilla Bouakkaz*


Voice Coach

Biographie Héloïse Bertrand-Oleari
Voice Coach
Héloïse Bertrand-Oleari**


Biographie Guillemette Daboval
Guillemette Daboval**
Biographie Sammy El Ghadab
Sammy El Ghadab**

Stage direction

Biographie Barthélémy Fortier
Stage direction
Barthélémy Fortier**
Biographie Sophie Planté
Stage direction
Sophie Planté**


Biographie Iris Thion-Poncet
Iris Thion-Poncet

Académie's shows

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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.

More info (in french)

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

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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