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Le Jeune Opéra du Québec


Le Jeune Opéra du Québec is a choir for girls between 8 and 21 years of age with equal voices. Its creation dates back to September 1987, at the time when the need to create a vocal group for young ladies became apparent. A girls' choir, called L'art qui chante au féminin at the time, was set up thanks to the initiative of the Commission Scolaire des Mille-Îles (now merged with the Commission Scolaire de Laval) and conductor Gilbert Patenaude.

Following the successful production of an opera for children's voices in 1992, a theatrical component was added to the group's musical activities and the choir's name was changed to Le Jeune Opéra du Québec. Le Jeune Opéra du Québec is a nonprofit organization managed by a team of parents on a volunteer basis. The musical direction and the artistic direction are both assumed by the founder, Gilbert Patenaude, an internationally renowned composer and choir director. The group's permanent pianist, Mariane Patenaude, is in charge of training the younger members of Le Jeune Opéra du Québec to sing.