Montreal Mezzo-soprano Rose Naggar-Tremblay Wins 82nd MSO Competition

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Montreal, November 27, 2021 ▪ The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is thrilled to announce the name of the 2021 OSM Competition’s Grand Prize winner: mezzo-soprano Rose Naggar-Tremblay. This 82nd edition dedicated to the voice was held in an entirely online format from November 13 to 27, bringing together Canada’s most talented young artists, and representing tomorrow’s rising generation of professional musical performers. In the comfort of their homes, surrounded by their loved ones, contestants were informed this afternoon of the results of the Competition during a ceremony hosted by ICI Musique radio personality Marie-Christine Trottier and OSM Assistant Bass, Eric Chappell. The 2nd Prize was awarded to mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, while soprano Sophie Naubert received the 3rd Prize.

First prize:

  • A $5,000 prize offered by the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Foundation.
  • Michèle Paré prize
    A $5,000 prize, to support the development of a professional career in music, offered by Mr. Jean Paré.
  • $5,000 prize offered by the OSM Musician’s Association and the OSM Volunteer’s Association
  • A concert with the OSM
    With musical director Rafael Payare, on January 16, 2022, at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal.
  • ICI Musique prize
    A professional audio recording in one of Radio-Canada’s studios and the broadcast on ICI Musique.
  • Queen Elisabeth Music Chapelle prize (Belgium)
    A residency at the Chapelle during the 2023 season under the tutelage of the two masters in residence José van Dam and Sophie Koch. This prize is generously offered with the support of the Ariane Riou and Réal Plourde Foundation.
  • McGill University – Schulich School of Music Scholarship
    A scholarship covering tuition for a degree in a performance program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

 Second prize:

  • $5,000 prize offered by the Paul A. Fournier Foundation Fund.

 Third prize:

  • $2,500 prize offered by Les Amis de l’Art Fund

Complementary prizes

  • Prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work
    A $2,500 prize offered by Mrs. Juliana Pleines is awarded to Rose Naggar-Tremblay
  •  Lied-Melody prize
    A $1,500 prize for best interpretation of a work composed for voice and piano offered by the OSM Volonteer’s Association and the OSM is awarded to Simone McIntosh.
  •  Stingray Rising Stars – Audience award
    A $2,500 prize offered to the candidate who will get the most votes on the web is awarded to Geoffrey Schellenberg.
  •  Domaine Forget Prizes
    Three scholarships for an advanced training program at the International Music and Dance Academy at Domaine Forget are awarded to Sara SchabasSophie Naubert and Martina Myskohlid.
  • Orford Musique Prizes
    Two scholarships for a two-week music session at Orford Musique in 2022 are awarded to Geoffrey Schellenberg and Carole-Anne Roussel.
  • V.E. Lambert prizes
    $500 prizes for the 8 non-finalists candidates offered by the Lambert-Gagnon-Fortier Estate.
  • Finalist’s prizes
    $1,000 prizes offered to the 5 non-winning candidates.


Rose Naggar-Tremblay, 29, is a mezzo-soprano noted for her versatility, the richness of her vocal timbre, and her insightful performances. She puts her creativity and her love of languages at the service of a range of artistic activities, such as writing librettos and shows for children, composing original songs, and performing contemporary opera, something she particularly enjoys. She recently appeared in the title role in Carmen with the Sofia Opera and Ballet (October 2021), Dido in Dido and Aeneas with Chœur Vivace (2019), the Duchess Della Volta in La fille du tambour major with Opéra Bouffe du Québec (2019), Carmen (understudy) in Carmen with the Opéra de Montréal (2019), and Gertrude Stein in Twenty-Seven with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal (2019).


Faithful to its foundational mission of supporting new generations of Canadian musicians, this year the OSM Competition awarded more than $45,000 in cash prizes to its laureates, also providing them with performance and training opportunities. The complete list of the winners of the many prizes generously offered courtesy of the OSM Competition’s valued partners is available here. Watch or replay the performances of all the finalists on the Competition’s website here. 

This online edition of the OSM Competition was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the family of the late Barbara Bronfman.

The OSM Competition is presented in collaboration with ICI MUSIQUE.

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Justin Bernard est détenteur d’un doctorat en musique de l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches portent sur la vulgarisation musicale, notamment par le biais des nouveaux outils numériques, ainsi que sur la relation entre opéra et cinéma. En tant que membre de l’Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), il a réalisé une série de capsules vidéo éducatives pour l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Justin Bernard est également l’auteur de notes de programme pour le compte de la salle Bourgie du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal et du Festival de Lanaudière. Récemment, il a écrit les notices discographiques pour l'album "Paris Memories" du pianiste Alain Lefèvre (Warner Classics, 2023) et collaboré à la révision d'une édition critique sur l’œuvre du compositeur Camille Saint-Saëns (Bärenreiter, 2022). Ses autres contrats de recherche et de rédaction ont été signés avec des institutions de premier plan telles que l'Université de Montréal, l'Opéra de Montréal, le Domaine Forget et Orford Musique. Par ailleurs, il anime une émission d’opéra et une chronique musicale à Radio VM (91,3 FM).

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