Meet our Classic Lyric Arts France faculty.

Gaspard Brécourt



An award-winning conductor and pianist, serving as co-director of CLA France and the Artistic Director of France’s Saint-Céré Opera Festival

After completing his musical studies at the Maîtrise de Radio France and at the Conservatoire National de Région of Boulogne-Billancourt, where he obtained 1st Prizes in piano, percussion, harmony and counterpoint, Gaspard Brécourt began a professional career as coach, répétiteur and conductor.

In the capacity of collaborative artist Mr. Brécourt has performed frequent recitals with singers such as Irina Vassilieva, Aurélie Loilier, Isabelle Philippe, Armando Noguera, Olivier Heyte, Mathias Vidal, and Martial Defontaine. Maestro Brécourt has had the great honor of working in the capacity of a coach in a variety of renowned theaters including Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, and abroad at the Teatro Colòn in Buenos-Aires.

As a foray into his conducting career he assisted Maestro Marek Janowski at the Radio-France Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique and collaborated with Maestro Jean Fournet on French lyric repertoire. Maestro Brécourt’s conducting credits include Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with the lyric company Al’Opéra, Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the Chamber Orchestra of Versailles, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Ostinato Orchestra. Additionally, he conducted this ensemble in concerts during its residency at the Paris Opéra Comique.

Maestro Brécourt was the Musical Director of the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 seasons, conducting Une Éducation Manquée by Chabrier, Jean de Paris and Ma Tante Aurore by Boieldieu, L’Arlésienne et Djamileh by Bizet, and numerous symphonic concerts. In 2009 he made his Japanese debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in an all-French program, as well as the world premiere of Cyrano et Roxane by the Greek composer Stavros Xarhakos at the National Greek Opera in Athens. In 2012 he conducted the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Debussy, as well as Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Festival de Saint Céré, France.

Hélène Blanic

Vocal Coach


A pianist and vocal coach who has collaborated at France’s major opera theaters, including the Paris Opera

Having made her debut at the CNIPAL in Marseille, under the management of Raymond Duffaut, she subsequently joined the opera theaters of Avignon, Monte-Carlo and Nice.

Since 1992 Ms. Blanic has worked as a freelance artist and has been engaged by international theatres and institutions including Opéra de Paris, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Chorégies d'Orange, Radio France, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Massy, Valencia Opera House, Shanghai Opera House, and Mexico Opera House Bellas Artes.

She has also worked with renowned conductors such as Marek Janowski, Michel Plasson, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Alain Guingal, Pinchas Steinberg, Daniel Harding, Alain Altinoglu, Bertrand de Billy, Myung-Hun Chung, Luciano Accocella, and Mikko Franck.

Her experience has enabled her to build a vast knowledge of repertoire, as she continues her work as a vocal coach for international opera singers.

Among her projects: Traviata, Rigoletto, Bohême, Nozze di Figaro

Mireille Delunsch

guest artist and coach


Lyric soprano and stage director Mireille Delunsch has had a prolific musical career spanning several disciplines. After graduating with a degree in musicology and voice from the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, she made her debut at the Opéra du Rhin in Mulhouse in Boris Godounov and has since amassed a broad repertoire from Monteverdi to Varèse. She has become known for her portrayal of the great Mozart heroines such as Pamina, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Vitellia, and Countess. In addition to this Ms. Delunsch is renowned in the French repertoire for her roles in; Platée by Rameau, Armide and Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck, Carmen, Pelléas et Mélisande, Le Roi d’Ys by Lalo, and Le Pays by Ropartz.

Ms. Delunsch has been a guest artist at the Aix en Provence festival since 1998. Her performances there have include; L’incoronazione di Poppea, Don Giovanni, The turn of the screw, La Traviata, Das Rheingold (conducted by Sir Simon Rattle), and most recently Idomeneo by Mozart. Additional engagements have included; the four female roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Lausanne and Lyon, Pelléas et Mélisande at La Scala in Milan, Theodora by Händel (staged by Peter Sellars) in Strasbourg, Don Giovanni,  the title role of Louise, Elsa in Lohengrin at Opéra de Paris, Arabella at Opéra de Liège-Walonnie, Lady Sarashina by Peter Eötvös (world premiere in Lyon), Antigone in La Lumière Antigone by Pierre Bartholomée world premiere at La Monnaie in Brussels, Le martyre de Saint-Sébastien in Lucerne, Queen Marguerite in Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne by Philippe Boesmans at Opéra de Paris and at Vienna State Opera, and title role in Jenufa by Janacek.

In addition to her operatic work, she has a broad art song repertoire such as the works of Clara and Robert Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, Korngold, Rachmaninov and Bernstein. She is strongly committed to preserving the treasures of French mélodie, as well as introducing new or forgotten works to her audiences.

She made her debut as a stage director with La mort de Cléopâtre and La Voix humaine (in which she was also the performer) at the Opéra de Bordeaux.

Raphael Treiner

Language Studies

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An instrumentalist, composer, singer, diction coach, screenwriter and film director, who moves between classical and popular forms.

After winning first-prize as a cellist in Paris, Raphael Treiner turned to lyric singing, in which he earned degrees in Paris and from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

His love for Opera and French literature has led him to teach at the EMION music school in Normandie. While in New York he became a French diction coach for singers (Opera Orchestra of New York, MSM…) and created an Opera & French literature class at the Alliance Française–French Institute.

He has written original scores for theater and dance performances (Le dibbouk by Shalom Anski, L’île des esclaves and Le petit maître corrigé by Marivaux).

Passionate about cinema, Mr. Treiner has composed and recorded soundtracks for several commercials and short films, including The Piano Tuner (L’accordeur–César for Best Short Film), Unicornio (Rodrigo Bellott) and Témoins (David Koch) in 2016. He designed the sound environment and wrote the music for the web documentary A Whaling Season In Alaska (Victor Gurrey & Zoé Lamazou). He co-wrote the original soundtrack for To Whom It May Concern (Manu Boyer) as his first feature film score. He appears frequently in a range of venues, from La Fête de l’Huma to Bus Palladium to Solidays. He performs in various collaborations, including a solo project under the name SHERIFF.  Sursis, a short film released this year, was his debut as both a writer and director.