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.

La Maîtrise Populaire de l'Opéra Comique

La Maîtrise Populaire de l'Opéra Comique © Quentin Croisard


Combining innovative pedagogy with active learning methods — such as that of Dalcroze — to adapt learning tools and techniques to a wide audience, the curriculum developed by Sarah Koné is both a demanding artistic education scheme and an educational and social project.

The artistic ambition set by the various disciplines confronts the students of the Maîtrise with the demands of the repertoire and enables them to take part in the Salle Favart’s major productions every year during the season’s shows and concerts, with a full complement of artists and technicians.


Auditions are held every year at the Opéra Comique for young people to join the Maîtrise Populaire.

Our next recruitment campaign for the 2023-24 academic school year will be announced here (link to registration form) as of December 2023.

Registrations for the next school year are now closed. To join the Maîtrise, auditions are organized each year. The following recruitment campaign will concern the 2024-2025 school year, and will be accessible here from December 2023.

To ensure social and geographical diversity, a recruitment tour is also organised in primary schools of the priority education network located around Paris (REP and REP+ ).

In 2018, the Maîtrise visited Saint-Ouen’ schools, in 2019 it went to Bagneux, in 2020 to Ivry-surSeine and in 2021 the Maîtrise went on the outskirts of Paris, in the 19th et 20th arrondissements.

« Working with the Maîtrise is about “belonging ” and building a shared identity. It’s about having a collective dream and giving each other the means to achieve it, whatever the difficulties »

Sarah Koné Director of the Maîtrise Populaire

La tournée de recrutement © Quentin Croisard


Although the Maîtrise Populaire is primarily focused on voice work, the most accessible instrument of all, it is the multidisciplinary dimension of the training that makes it so special.At the Maîtrise, students take courses in vocal techniques and choral singing as well as dance, Dalcroze musical training, tap dance, theatre, piano and sign singing (sign language used to interpret tunes and songs). This enables them to learn about music differently, through a process that decompartmentalizes and synergises the intellectual and physical/emotional approaches to listening.

On-stage artistic activities are at the heart of the Maîtrise’s pedagogy. The troupe participates in about 35 concerts, productions and performances every year, be it at the Salle Favart or off-site.



Cartes des écoles de la Maîtrise Populaire de l'Opéra-Comique 

Students of the Maîtrise Populaire ’s first cycle go to Collège François Couperin (Paris 4), while students of the 2nd cycle follow a dual curriculum either at Lycée Georges Brassens(Paris 19) or at Lycée Abbé Grégoire (Paris 5). Since September 2018, a 3rd cycle for post graduate has been created to accommodate a dozen students whose talent allows them to consider making a career of it. Also, since September 2019, the Maîtrise has created a preparatory course, the pre-Maîtrise, for year 5 and 6 pupils at 41B Tanger primary school (Paris 19).

The shows of the Maîtrise Populaire

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To meet the multiple objectives of the Maîtrise Populaire, the teaching team brings together specialized teachers, trained in the largest French institutions (Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, CNSMD, Higher Center for Artistic Education in Paris) and international (Compagnie de Merce Cunningham, Julliard School, Lausanne Conservatory).

Directrice artistique de la Maîtrise Populaire
Sarah Koné
Adjointe en charge de la Maîtrise Populaire
Marion Nimaga-Brouwet
Responsable de la scolarité
Rachida M'hamed

Educational team

Artistic direction, stage direction
Sarah Koné

Chant choral et ensemble vocal
Sarah Koné  (tous les cycles)
Clara Brenier (1er et 2ème cycles)
Caroline Calvo (Pré-maitrise)

Technique vocale, chant accompagnement et chant technique
Dorothée Voisine (2ème cycle, 3ème cycle)
Katia Weimann (3ème cycle, chant accompagnement)
Joséphine Ambroselli (3ème cycle, chant accompagnement)
Caroline Calvo (Pré-Maitrise, 1er cycle)

Formation musicale
Anne-Laure Kénol (Tous les cycles)
Lucile Mathevet (Pré-Maitrise)

Anna Krempp (tous les cycles)

Christine Bonneton (Tous les cycles)
Tuomas Lathi (Pré-Maitrise)

Victor Cuno (1er cycle)
David Lasserre (2ème cycle)
Florence Mathoux (3ème cycle)

Perrine Diot

Culture musicale
Mickaël Andrieu (3ème cycle)

Support of the Maîtrise Populaire of the Opéra-Comique

This project is supported by Aline Foriel-Destezet, Major Patron of the Opéra-Comique