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Sam Champagne is a Canadian singer, actor, and concert producer with a voice described as having "...impeccable intonation, correct diction, expression and musicality", Ludwig Van Montreal. Mr. Champagne currently performs as one of three members of the group LYRICO and has held the position of Executive Director of the Orchestre philharmonique et choeur des mélomanes (OPCM) since 2019. His parallel passions are centered around his mission of ensuring the next generation of classical music audiences.

Formed in 2020, LYRICO is a trio that brings classically trained vocals to melodies from opera to pop. Following their successful debut performance at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des arts in 2021, the ensemble toured Quebec with their new show titled "The Best of Broadway" with stops in Quebec City, Gatineau, Sorel-Tracy and Montreal, which culminated with a debut at the Maison symphonique with a performance titled “An Enchanted Evening”. In December 2022 and 2023, the ensemble went on tour to promote their new album entitled "Noël à l'opéra", including a show at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal in 2022, Salle Louis-Fréchette at the Grand Théâtre de Québec in 2022 and 2023, and at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in 2023. Also in 2023, LYRICO took the stage of Place Bell with Sarah Brightman, the world’s biggest selling soprano, as special guest soloists as part of her ‘A Christmas Symphony’ tour.

 

As a soloist, Mr. Champagne “[allows us] to appreciate the depth of his voice”, Eklectik Media. In February 2024 he played the role of Remendado in Bizet's opera Carmen at Maison Symphonique alongside colleagues Wallis Giunta, Adam Luther, and Hugo Laporte among others. In January 2023, he played the role of Parpignol in the OPCM's production of Puccini’s opera La bohème at the Maison symphonique starring Andrew Haji and Myriam Leblanc. In 2019, he was the soloist for Dvorak's Mass in D major with the McGill University Choir and the Vanier College Choir under the direction of Dr Jean-Sébastien Vallée at the Church of St Andrew and St Paul. In 2020, he sang again with the McGill University Choir as a soloist for Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem at Pollack Hall.

 

Since 2020, Mr. Champagne has toured with GFN Productions performing The Lord of The Rings Trilogy including stops at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa and Salle Wilfrid Pelletier in Montreal. He performed as part of Sarah Brightman's HYMN tour at Montreal's Place Bell in 2019 and sang as part of Andrea Bocelli's concert tour at Montreal's Bell Center in front of an audience of 18,000 people in 2018 and again in 2024. Also in 2018, Mr. Champagne sang in the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at the Bell Center in Montreal with composer Ramin Djawadi.

 

Mr. Champagne has also been Executive Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique et Chœur des Mélomanes (OPCM) since 2019. The OPCM is a non-profit charity founded in Montreal in 2016, dedicated to inspiring a new generation of classical music lovers. The OPCM presents three concerts per season at Maison Symphonique of Place des arts and has had numerous collaborations including performances at the Lanaudière Festival and New York City's Carnegie Hall. In 2023 Mr. Champagne was announced as ambassador-in-residence for the Mécénat Musica program to assist new cultural organizations and donors in joining Mécénat Musica’s cultural endowment matching program. The Ambassadors encourage organizations to expand their circle of donors and to collaborate to create an “in-perpetuity” culture.

 

Originally from Ottawa, Mr. Champagne received a B.Mus. from McGill University in vocal performance with a minor in musical entrepreneurship between 2017-2021. Mr. Champagne is the recipient of the Wayne Riddell Choral Award, the Leonne O'Hashi Bursary and the Seymour Schulich Scholarship.

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