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Artistic director and voice teacher

Canadian tenor Richard Margison is one of the most renowned singers on the international scene. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Canadian Opera Company, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Sydney Opera House and the Grand Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.


He is also a skilled educator, making it his mission to ensure the education of the next generation of opera singers. Taking over from Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler, co-founders of the ICAV, Richard Margison became Artistic Director of the ICAV in November 2020.



Coach and Assistant Conductor
The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Joan Dornemann is one of the most respected opera coaches in the world today. In her role as Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, she prepares the world's leading artists for their performances at the Met. She has worked with singers such as Pavarotti, Domingo, Caballé, Freni, Carreras, Milnes, Te Kanawa, Nucci, Fleming, Millo, Voigt, Shicoff, Flórez and Netrebko. At the Metropolitan Opera, she has collaborated with conductors such as James Levine, James Conlon and Carlos Kleiber. 

A great supporter of young singers, Ms. Dornemann gives master classes around the world. She is also the author of Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for the Opera, and is the founder and artistic director of the International Vocal Arts Institute and co-founder of ICAV with Paul Nadler.

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Each year, the Canadian Vocal Art Institute welcomes the best singers of the next generation of Canadian and international opera singers. We offer high-calibre training and present a captivating selection of concerts at the Montreal Festival of Vocal Art.


"We were able to explore themes and questions that I have not yet had the chance to address during my school career."

"It was busy, varied and everyone had their opportunity."

"I loved the working atmosphere this year, we were in kindness and work."

"Meeting and working with all the different professors from different experience backgrounds. It was such an amazing experience that I've never had in my singing life before. I'm so thankful"

"Joshua Major was a “coup de coeur” for many reasons. I like his approach to scenes and operas and character work. He really kept my drive going but also made me realize when I am not being 100% authentic or hiding behind what is comfortable."

"Hemdi is marvelous, she was able to give me so much time and diction information and make it relatable to my bilingual brain."

"Anthony Manoli is amazing, with active listening even at a distance he was able to make me realize things and made me solve them just by addressing it."

"I enjoyed Richard's balance of technical approach as well as musicality."

"The recording sessions were amazing!! Marc Antoine d'Aragon is so devoted and professional; his honesty and attention to detail are unmatched."

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