The Chorus

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Our chorus regularly sings in the Opera’s productions and occasionally during symphonic concerts. Its vocal ranges comprise soprano and contralto for the women and tenor and bass for the men.

Costumes, makeup, wigs: our chorus members are not simply singers but also actors because with each production they need to adapt to the staging choices of the director. More often than not, they assume the roles of the crowd, the people, or guests, etc.

History of the Chorus

The Lorraine National Opera Chorus, led by Merion Powell since 2001, is comprised of 28 full-time professional singers from more than ten different countries!
The chorus distinguishes itself in both the sacred and secular repertoires and in productions of classical music, opera, operetta and world music. The Chorus has worked alongside some of the great stage directors, including Martinelli, Kokkos, Berutti and Savary as well as with renowned conductors such as Kontarsky, Weise, Valcuha, and Karabits…
The Chorus adapts to each and every project. It collaborates with some of the great orchestral ensembles including the Lorraine National Orchestra and it can also calibrate to smaller ensembles such as the Tsiganisky group as in a concert in Nancy in April 2012.
The Chorus accompanied the CCN - Lorraine Ballet for a production of Stravinsky’s Les Noces in Nancy and at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. It has collaborated with choruses from other institutions, including the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole for Caplet’s Miroir de Jésus in Metz in March 2012 and with the Dijon Opera in October 2020 for Der Traumgörge. The chorus has also appeared in other opera productions in Caen, Toulon, Rennes, Bordeaux and Montpellier.

Merion Powell, chorus master

Merion Powell was born in Australia and studied the flute and the piano at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. She then joined the lyrical arts class at the Guildhall School of Music in London as a vocal coach and assistant conductor.
Her professional training enabled her to assume the role of chorus master, vocal coach and conductor at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie from 1989 to 1997, as well as at the Salzburg Festival in 1992 (voice coach for Salomé and Pelléas et Mélisande).
In 1997 she was appointed chorus master at the Nantes Opera with responsibilities for concert programming and repertoire research. On several occasions she also assumed the role of conductor.
In January 2002, she became the head of the Lorraine National Opera Chorus where she is responsible for preparing operatic works and numerous concert programmes.

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