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Camille Brault

Master’s in performance student

Bachelor’s in performance, classical singing graduate (2018)
Instrument: Classical singing 
Country of origin: France (Paris)
Arrival at the Faculty of Music: autumn 2016


  • Could you talk to us about your background?

I’m ag mezzo-soprano and I come from Paris. After 13 years of cello, I discovered classical singing and decided to devote myself to it! I studied at Conservatoire Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris, then spent a year at the Manhattan School of Music in New York before coming to continue my studies at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music. I completed a bachelor’s in performance here and am currently finishing a master’s

  • What do you like most about the Faculty of Music? Is there a teacher in particular who’s been a source of inspiration for you?

That true feeling of being a big family. The ambience and the size of the faculty mean that you can easily meet other students, as part of but also outside our own programs. The teachers and the administrative team are close to the students, which builds your confidence. 

A lot of people have inspired me! Of course, there’s Catherine Sévigny, my singing teacher, who I love, but also all the singing teachers and coaches with whom I’ve learned so much. And obviously, Jean-François Rivest, our wonderful maestro! 

  • How has your stay at the Faculty of Music influenced your life?

I’ve made exceptional encounters. I know that those relationships are solid and that we’ll stay in touch. I also know that they’ll influence my personal life as well as my professional life, and I hope I’ll more opportunities to work with them. 

  • How will you remember the Faculty of Music when your studies are over?

The Faculty of Music will always be my alma mater: I feel at home, and I’ve spent wonderful years there. It’s where I’ve met my dearest friends. My first productions with the Atelier d’opéra, my recitals and the exceptional concerts I’ve attended are memories that will never leave me! The Faculty offers all kinds of opportunities to perform on stage, in conditions that are identical to professional life, which is invaluable for all young artists in training. 

  • Which aspects of life in Montréal and of Québec culture do you particularly enjoy?

Montréal, Québec... I simply fell in love. Having grown up in Paris and lived in New York, I can say without hesitation that Montréal was love at first sight. My personal and professional life will be taking me back to Europe soon. I’m happy about that, but part of my heart will always be in Montréal. The quality of life here is ideal, you can find work quite easily, even as a student, and rents aren’t exorbitant. Yes, there’s no denying, winters are long and cold, but even that has its charm, and you survive! Québec is a magnificent province, you drive a few hours from Montréal and are in the heart of nature. Finally, Montréal in the summertime, with its festivals and its outdoor life, is pure happiness. 

  • What advice would you give to a first-year student?

When you begin your university studies, it’s normal to ask yourself a thousand questions. Université de Montréal offers many assistance resources to students, and you’ll quickly feel at home here. Have confidence in your choices, but also keep in mind that your career here is unique. 

What would you like to say to students who are thinking of coming to continue their education at the Faculty of Music?

Quite simply, welcome to the family!

November 2020