Sam Champagne is a Canadian singer and arts administrator with a voice described as having “…impeccable intonation, accurate diction, expression and musicality,” (Ludwig Van Montreal). Mr. Champagne is currently performing as one of three members in the operatic pop trio LYRICO and has held the position of Executive Director of the Orchestre philharmonique et chœur des mélomanes (OPCM) since 2019. His two parallel careers focus on his single goal of making classical music accessible to mainstream audiences.
Formed in 2021, LYRICO’s premiere concert entitled “A Very Operatic Christmas,” was held in front of a packed audience at the Maisonneuve Theatre of Place des arts, and was described as “...a very pleasant moment and which – judging by the applause that rang out, and the final standing ovations – was a resounding kick-off…,” (Atuvu.ca). Following their successful premiere, the ensemble went on a tour of Quebec with a new show entitled “The Best of Broadway'' with stops in Quebec City, Gatineau, Sorel-Tracy, and Montreal. In March 2022, the group debuted at the Montreal Symphony House with a performance entitled “An Evening of Dreams,“ to critical acclaim.
LYRICO has been featured in Global News, PBS News, iHeartRadio, LaPresse, MTL.org, Ludwig Van Montreal, La Scena Musicale, The Suburban, Opera Wire, Westmountmag.ca, Inspiration Classique, les Artszé, the Montrealer, and many more… LYRICO “…demonstrates the talent to succeed in a niche that has enormous potential,” (Ludwig Van Montreal), with an “undeniable talent,” (Eklectik Média), and “a career that looks very promising,” (Atuvu.ca).
Mr. Champagne has also worked as Executive Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique et Chœur des Mélomanes (OPCM) since 2019. The OPCM is a non-profit organisation founded in Montreal in 2016 dedicated to the unification of choir and orchestra to elevate the experience of these genres and inspire a new generation of music lovers, or mélomanes.
In 2021, the OPCM made its debut at the Montreal Symphony House and has since made the hall its primary venue with concerts including Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec with Alain Lefèvre in April, Berlioz Les nuits d’été in March, Vivaldi Gloria in October, which included the ensemble’s first tour to Quebec City at Palais Montcalm, and Brahms' Requiem in June.
As a soloist, Mr. Champagne “[allows] us to appreciate the depth of his voice,” (Eklectik Media). In 2019, he performed the tenor solo for Dvorak Mass in D major with the McGill Concert Choir and the Vanier College Choir under the direction of Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée. He returned to sing as a soloist with the McGill Concert Choir performing Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem at Pollack Hall in 2020.
In 2020, Mr. Champagne toured with GFN Productions performing Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers In Concert in Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre and in Montreal's Salle Wilfrid Pelletier. He performed as part of Sarah Brightman’s HYMN tour at Montreal’s Place Bell in 2019 and as part of Andrea Bocelli’s concert tour at Montreal’s Bell Centre in front of an audience of 15,000 in 2018. Mr. Champagne also sang in the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at the Bell Centre in Montreal in 2018.
Mr. Champagne sang for a recording produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 2019 for the live experience of the Canadian Parliament's Centre Block. He also sang for the album Fauré: Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 - Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 with the professional choir of the church of St Andrew and St Paul produced by ATMA Classique in 2018.
His awards and nominations include a nomination at the ADISQ Gala 2019 for the Fauré and Duruflé album in the category Best Classical Album | Large Ensemble, and he is the recipient of the Wayne Riddell Choral Award, the Leonne O’Hashi Bursary, and the Seymour Schulich Scholarship.
Originally from Ottawa, Mr. Champagne started voice lessons at Allegro Music School with Dr. Janet Hamilton, and attended Canterbury High School taking part in the vocal arts program. He received a B.Mus. in voice performance, studying with tenor John Mac Master, and a minor in music entrepreneurship from McGill University between 2017-2021.