PHOTO : © Dominique Jaussein
Directed by Giulio Magnanin since 1997, the choir is comprised of around forty artists. The choir performs throughout the opera season, taking part in the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra's concerts and a range of exceptional events.
Drawing on their incredible musical and acting talents, the artists in the choir form an exceptional group able to meet the demands of all repertoires and the most intricate of performances whipped up by conductors and directors. The choir has built a name for itself in a number of festivals, theatres and musical recordings. Its most notable productions include the inauguration of the Palais Acropolis in Nice, with Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns with Placido Domingo and Georges Prêtre, as well as William Tell by Rossini at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the 2nd Symphony by Gustav Mahler at the Théâtre du Châtelet, La fanciulla del west by Giacomo Puccini and Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi at the Opéra de Montpellier. The choir also took part in the 'Musiques au cœur' festival in Antibes by Eve Ruggieri, performing in Carmen, La Traviata, Othello, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville and on France 2 in The Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti.
In March 2001, the choir recorded a programme devoted to Giuseppe Verdi with the Argentinian tenor Marcello Alvarez. In April of the same year, it performed for the official opening of the Salle Nikaïa in Nice. The Opéra de Nice choir is regularly invited to perform at the Chorégies d’Orange, adding its talents to the prestigious performances that are held there. It was in the editions of this festival that the choir truly made a name for itself, led by choirmasters as varied as masters Plasson and Myun Wung Chung, or directors such as Nicolas Joël and Jérôme Savary.
The Opéra de Nice choir performed in Tosca at the Théâtre de Massy in November 2009, in Aida in April 2010 in Avignon and in Mireille by Gounod in July of the same year at the Chorégies d’Orange. For the festival's 40th anniversary celebrations in 2011, the choir was once again asked to feature in two of Verdi's best-known pieces: Aida and Rigoletto.
The choir often performs outside the opera house for major events in the city of Nice.
In December 2012, the choir was joined by the Opéra de Nice's star talents, performing in a production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.