August 5, 8 p.m.
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Sandra et Alain Bouchard Auditorium
The Festival d’opéra de Québec is proud to announce that Magali Simard-Galdès, recipient of the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse Award at the 2018 Montreal International Musical Competition, will offer a recital on August 5 at 8 pm at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. With an agile soprano voice and a sumptuous timbre, she has a disarming ease in the high register while her low notes possess volume and strength. Her recital includes works by Schubert, Fauré, Gounod, Ginastera, Wolf and Chaminade, in addition to some operatic arias. Michel-Alexandre Broekaert will accompany her on the piano.
A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, she received her diploma with great distinction in 2016. She then became a member of the Atelier lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal from 2014 to 2016 and received a scholarship in recognition of her remarkable accomplishments. Having been awarded numerous prizes, Magali is the recipient of the 2015 edition of the Maureen-Forrester prize from the Jeunesses Musicales Canada, thus enabling her to tour throughout Canada, giving 30 recitals in 2016-2017 in which she performed a repertoire comprising solely works by female composers. In 2017, she received the Choquette-Simcox Award from the Jeunesses Musicales Canada. Last June, she won First prize at the 2nd International recital competition of French art songs at the Festival Classica.
Magali Simard-Galdès’ career is on the rise. In 2015, she made her professional debut as Nicette in the Pré-aux-clercs at the Wexford Festival Opera. She was hailed by the London Times, who wrote: “The evening belonged to the young soprano Magali Simard-Galdès (Nicette) who made her professional début with brilliance. […]”. The festival has awarded her the Gerard Arnhold Bursary. In 2017, she made her debut at the Opéra de Montréal singing the role of Constance (Dialogues des carmélites). A new chapter began for her in 2017-2018 as she took on the roles of Roxane (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Gilda (Rigoletto) with Opera Carolina (United States).