Bruce Grant, conductor
Maestro Bruce Grant is presently musical director of the Théâtre Lyrique and Atelier Lyrique de Bourgogne, which co-ordinates teaching with student participation in productions starring professional artists. He has composed five operas which have been performed in Canada, the United States and in France, a ballet, film music, and numerous instrumental pieces.
Maestro Bruce Grant brilliantly directed the world premiere of Normand Gasnier's opera Rabbi / Jesus at the Festival Opéra de Saint-Eustache on July 12, 2019. He is now preparing for the fall season; he will direct "Behind the Scenes" a pastiche of several operettas, from the 20s, in Grenoble. Maestro Grant is doing the orchestration. He will also direct "The Musketeers at the Convent," comic opera by Louis Varney, "La Vie Parisienne," and "La Haut," a musical comedy written for Maurice Chevalier by Maurice Yvain.
His recent and upcoming engagements in 2018-19 and 20 include concerts in Béziers and presentations of excerpts from his operas: Rigolfabar and The Phantom of the Democracy City, La Belle Hélène in Dijon and Carcassonne, a Viennese evening in Grenoble with extracts of The Merry Widow, Waltz Dream, Victoria and Her Hussar, The Three Waltzes and Princess Czarda. Next season he will present an evening of the twenties and thirties, in Dijon and Carcassonne as well as In the Land of the Sun by Vincent Scotto in his own orchestration for a dozen musicians.
Maestro Grant conducts regularly at the Festival of Lamalou-les-Bains in Languedoc, at the OperettaTheatre of Lyons, and the Rimouski Opera in Quebec-Canada.
Last engagements in 2016 include La Belle Hélène in Grau du Roi, a Lyric Gala in Dijon, Barber of Séville and Traviata at the Festival of Lamalou les Bains, engagements in 2015 include: Un de la Canebière by Vincent Scotto and Land of Smiles in Dijon, Carcassonne and Nancy
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bruce Grant studied at the Conservatoire de Montréal: piano with Lubka Kolessa, solfège with Raymond Daveluy and theory with Jean Papineau Couture. While a teenager, he was soloist three times with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Wilfrid Pelletier for the “Young People’s Concerts”.
He continued his studies at the Julliard School of Music in New York, and the universities of Southern California and Indiana, thanks to several Canada Counsel grants. In 1983, he received a doctor of music degree in opera conducting from Indiana University with a thesis on the form a l structure of Mozart’s operas.
He began his European career in 1973, as pianist and assistant stage manager for the English Opera Group, the company founded by Benjamin Britten. He then worked as a pianist for the Royal Ballet and Welsh National Opera.
He was resident conductor and chorus master at the Dijon Opera for twenty years, after four years at the Opera of Nantes and five years at the Opera of Lille, a tradition al career that few conductors follow at this time, as pianist and coach accompanying staging rehearsals for more experienced conductors, then as chorus master, assisting at rehearsals and conducting off-stage. This has permitted him to know thoroughly a large number of operas before conducting them.