Magali Simard-Galdès is a young Canadian soprano renowned for her shimmering tone, her refined musicality and her magnetic stage presence.
This season, Magali will sing with I Musici de Montréal (Dixit dominus, RV 807 – Vivaldi), ECM+ (Bonhomme de chemin – Gonneville), Harmonie des saisons (The Messiah – Händel) and Tionscadal na nAmhrán Ealaíne Gaeilge/Irish Language Art Song Project at the Dublin National Concert Hall. She will also be featured as Agnès in Benjamin's Written on Skin with Opéra de Montréal, and will return to Opéra de Québec in La Chauve-Souris (Adele).
In past seasons, she has sung with Opera Carolina in Rigoletto (Gilda) and DiChiera's Cyrano (Roxane), with Canadian Stage and Vancouver Opera in the world premiere of The Overcoat (Mad Chorus), with Opéra de Montréal in Dialogue des carmélites (Constance) and Carmen (Frasquita), with Opéra de Québec in Werther (Sophie), with Wexford Festival Opera in Le pré aux clercs (Nicette) and with Opera Lafayette in Bonsoir voisin (Louisette).
In recital, Magali has worked with many renowned pianists including Marie-Ève Scarfone, Olivier Godin and Bretton Brown. She has appeared at the Festival Classica, Société d'art vocal de Montréal, Festival d’Opéra de Québec, Mexico LiederFest in Monterrey (Mexico), Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Wexford Festival Opera, Concerts aux Îles du Bic and Jeunesses Musicales Canada (2015 Maureen-Forrester Award).
On the orchestral stage, she has performed with Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing singing in Dubois’ Paradis Perdu conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire, with Opéra Grand Avignon in Charpentier’s Pastorale sur la nativité and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Orchestre Métropolitain in Parsifal at the Festival de Lanaudière. She also appeared with the Orchestre philharmonique du Nouveau-monde in Mozart’s C minor Mass at the Festival Classica, with Ensemble Novello at Concerts Lachine, and with the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire.
In the summer of 2019, with the Tionscadal na nAmhrán Ealaíne Gaeilge/Irish Language Art Song Project, she has recorded three new songs cycles by Deirdre Gribbin, Ailis Ni Riain and Fuhong Shi. On the ATMA Classique label, Magali can be heard in Berlioz's 25 romances for voice and guitar and Ana Sokolovic's Sirens. She also self-produced her first recital album “Muses”, which made Radio-Canada’s 2017 “50 albums of the year” list.
Magali has graduated from Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and Montreal Conservatory of Music. She has received First-prize at both the Récital-concours international de mélodie française du Festival Classica and Canadian Music Competition. She is very thankful to the Canadian Arts Council, Fondation Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Fondation Jacqueline Desmarais and Vancouver Opera Guild for their precious support.