Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Contralto

Rose Naggar-Tremblay is a contralto graduated from l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal praised for her dark and velvety voice bordering on contralto. Rose is a conductor of change. She is bridging the gap between expertise and innovation, old and new audiences, and convention and creative freedom.

She makes use of her creativity and love of languages through varied artistic projects including song writing, composing original librettos and music and dramaturgical conception of staged concerts and of musical workshops for children. She is particularly inclined to perform contemporary opera. She recently took part in the Opera de Montreal production of Svadba (Sokolovic) that won the Opus Prize for musical event of the year (2018). She also sang the lead role of Gertrude Stein in the Atelier Lyrique’s production of Twenty-Sven (Gordon and Vavrek) and created the role of Gabrielle in La nuit est ma femme (Côté and Ivy) over the 2019-2020 season.

Her vast musical experience and curiosity allowed her to explore a very diverse repertoire. She was recently heard at the Opéra de Montreal, the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, with La Compagnie baroque Mont-Royal, the Toronto summer music festival, the Opéra de Lévis, Stella Musica, Production point d’arrêt, the Lyric Montreal Ensemble,and Opera McGill, appearing most notably in the roles of Zora (Svadba, Sokolovic), Tisbe (Cenerentola, Rossini), Carmen (Carmen, Bizet), Dejanira (Hercules, Handel), Mrs.Quickly (Falstaff, Verdi) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell).

Rose is also a very active chamber music performer, taking part in many concerts and recitals. She is recently heard as the alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus (I musici)Handel’s Messiah (Orchestre philharmonique et chœur des mélomanes), Palmeri’s Magnificat (Choeur de la montagne), the Mozart Requiem (OPCM), in the Duruflé Requiem (Chœur de l’Orchestre Métropolitain) in the cantatas BWV 7, BWV 89, BWV 21 (Serenata at St-John) and in recital with Festival Montréal Baroque, the Highlands Opera Studio and the Toronto Summer Music festival. ”It’s a big, rich, hall-filling low mezzo bordering on contralto, yet her top is big and firm. I loved “Von ewige Liebe” by Brahms, which she sang with dramatic acuity. “Comment disaient-ils” showed off her excellent technique, complete with a beautifully controlled pianissimo. But the best was “Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer” which really showed off the richness and resonance of her sound. ” Joseph So.

In 2020, Rose is awarded one of the Bourses des 33 musiciens by the Fondation des jeunesses musicales for the composition competition Domicile adoré, and an open innovation prize granted by l’Opéra de Montréal during the Coopérathon. She has received several scholarships and awards in the past including the Schulich Scolarship, the Maureen Forrester – Montreal Musician’s Guild Scholarship, the Foundation McAbbie Scholarship, the Maureen Forrester Award, the E.M Wirth Scholarship, the Peter and Mary White Award and the Schulich Entrance Scholarship.