Julian Freibott, guest artist at the opera singers support program “Jeunes Ambassadeurs lyriques” in 2015, about his experience in Montreal



As part of the Bavaria-Quebec partnership, the annual “Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques” support program for young opera singer, organised by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, welcomes a guest artist from Bavaria in order to sing before the Montreal audience and the international selection committee. The concerts program, which spans over several days, is less a competition than an opportunity to career development for young opera singers who are given the opportunity to discuss and work closely with international opera directors, present in Montreal for the occasion.

2015, Bavarian tenor Julian Freibott was supported by the Chancellery of the State of Bavaria to take part in this concert series. Originally from Lower Franconia, he was a “Regensburger Domspatz” in his youth and earned the 1. prize twice at the Germany-wide competition “Jugend musiziert”. He graduated from Wurtzburg Musikhochschule in 2013 and is currently studying for a Master’s with Konrad Jarnot at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. More about him (in German).

In Montreal, Mr. Freibott performed on 3 different stages, where he drew attention not to the least because of his origins: „As a mother-tongue German speaker, I was able to help the other singers during their rehearsals with the pronounciation of the all-German repertoire (of the Bavarian evening)," he explains. He also stresses “how important the contact and exchange with fellow singers who are at the same stage of career development” is. But most inspiring is the collaboration with opera directors present throughout the event: “(I learned) to use my personal interpretations to react swiftly to the director’s ideas – just like during a real stage work in a theater – (and) was able to gain some great insights into other singers’ way of working.”

At the program’s concluding Gala concert on Sunday, November 15 2015, Mr Freibott was distinguished as “Best Foreign Artist” by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, and was also offered an engagement for a role in March and April 2016 in Erfurt Theater’s rendering of the modern, one-act opera “Gutenberg”.