Composed of 25 permanent lyric artists and supplemented with freelance singers for large productions, the Dijon Opera Chorus was created in 2001 to perform the major works of the repertoire. The Chorus regularly works with prestigious orchestral and choir conductors, including Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Pascal Verrot, Daniel Kawka, Patrick Ayrton, Thomas Rösner, among others. It participates in concerts and lyric productions, in works from the repertoire ranging from the 18th century to the first half of the 20th century. Among the Dijon Opera Chorus’ projects is the premiering and interpretation of contemporary works, in particular works written by Brice Pauset, composer-in-residence at the Dijon Opera. The Dijon Opera Chorus performs regularly at Dijon’s Auditorium and the Grand Theatre, in the context of the operatic season and also in tours of the Burgundy and and Franche-Comte regions, and throughout France (including L’amour des trois oranges at the Opera of Limoges and Orphee aux enfers at the Royal Opera of Versailles for the 2010-2011 season).
In addition, the Dijon Opera Chorus has recently begun an active involvement in numerous pedagogical initiatives (visits to public schools, meetings and conferences in classes, etc.), community activities (visits to hospitals, prisons, social centres, retirement homes) and in the promotion of the Dijon Opera throughout the region of Burgundy.
The Director of Dijon Opera Choir, Anass Ismat, was born in Rabat (Morocco). There, he obtained a first prize for violin and musical training at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance. He also followed singing masterclasses with Caroline Dumas, Glenn Chambers, Henrick Siffert... and then continued his higher studies in France at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon, first in lyric singing class, then, in choir conducting class.
In addition to his studies at the CNSMD, he spent time in Germany as part of the ERASMUS European exchange, at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. He obtained his master’s degree in choral conducting in June 2011 and was designated in October as professor of artistic teaching of choral singing at the CRR of Toulon Provence Méditerranée.
Anass has carried out both a teaching activity within the framework of various internships and choral conductor training within different structures, as well as performing as guest conductor in cultural institutions such as the Opéra National de Lorraine, the Opéra de Lille, the Opéra Anger-Nantes, the Orchester National of Lille but also as part of the Berlioz festival, Saint-Céré festival, Primavera festival of the Feniarco association (in Italy), for the FIW (Fédération Internationale Willems) and of his choir the WIC (Willems International Choir)... After that, he was singer in various vocal groups such as the Epsilon Renaissance Ensemble, Les Solistes de Lyon, Le Chœur Britten, the Gilles Binchois ensemble, the Arsys Bourgogne ensemble…
In July 2015, Anass was designated choir director of the Dijon Opera. With this formation, he collaborates alongside renowned conductors, we can quote Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Antonello Allemandi, Christophe Rousset, Jean-François Verdier, Adrien Perruchon, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Stefan Veselka ... He is leading this formation through various musical styles and repertoires such as: La petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Stabat Mater by Dvorak, Cantates Motets and Christmas Oratorio by Bach, Requiem by Duruflé, romantic choral works (Brahms, Bruckner, Rheinberger ...).