Alain Nonat, born in France in 1942, has dual Canadian and French citizenship.
He received primary and secondary education in France at the Lycée Carnot in Paris – Higher education at Salesian College in Oxford, England. In 1966, he began vocal studies at The French School of Music in Paris with Maria Branèze and won his first prize in singing. From 1967 in Canada, he studied public relations at McGill University in Montreal and he took part in the Opera Workshop at the McGill Faculty of Music where he continued his vocal studies and won several awards at the National Music Competition of Canada.
In 1970, he returned to France and entered the National Conservatory of Music in Paris where he graduated with the First Song Award and Lyrical Art Prize. As a lyrical artist, with a tenor “helden” voice, he is a laureate of several national and international competition awards and internships abroad.
In Canada, his masters were: Luciano Della Pergola, Barry Wisenfeld, Antonio Narducci, Bernard Diamant, Nina Narrici and John Newmark; in Europe – Jacques Jansen, Jean-Christophe Benoit, Maria Branèze and Ernst Haefliger. He also worked with Boris Goldowsky in the United States. From 1970 to 1982, he performed in France, Germany, Canada and the United States and participated in several lyrical productions.
In 1974, he created and directed the lyrical tale Kurukshetra by Roger Frima. He also produced and directed the mini-opera Le Pauvre Matelot by Darius Milhaud at the Montrouge Festival and presented the Japanese comic opera Kappa by Ishikata and Matsumoto.
After the return back to Canada in 1976, he founded Lyrichorégra 20 theater in Montreal, a non-profit Canadian cultural organization, with the support of several personages from the artistic worlds of Quebec and France (see website: http://lyrichoregra20 .wifeo.com).
In 1977, he obtained a Certificate of Education from the University of Quebec in Montreal. He was hired as a professor expert in music at the School Board Les Ecores de Laval. He retired in 2004.
His obligation as general and artistic director of the Lyrichorégra 20 Theater and his teaching duties obliged him to take the decision to leave behind his career as a lyric artist, but he remained close to this milieu by creating numerous lyric performances.
He has created several important cultural events in Canada:
1977 & 1979 – Presentation of an exhibition on Opera and Dance at the Expo-Theater of Montréal, with the participation of 20 countries, and also an exhibition of the Ballet of Mexico at the Museum of Contemporary art in Montréal.
1980-1981: The Opera and Dance Residence of Terre des Hommes in Montreal, Fridays for Young People of Terre des Hommes, the Opera Festival at the shopping centers, Week of the Opera – Desjardins Square, An International Opera exhibition at the Grand Théâtre of Québec.
1982: Evening of tribute in Wilfrid Pelletier and lyrical animation of the French Residence, Exhibition of the Paris Opera at Victoria Square, Opera and Dance Exhibition in Bulgaria at the Québec Residence, Lyrical animation and opera exhibition at the Québec Residence.
1983: Opera exhibition at the arts center of Oxford in the world, lyrical concerts at the Théâtre de l’île of Terre des Hommes.
1984: Pan Opéra 94 in Ottawa at the National Arts Center and the Town Hall of Hull.
1985: Opera Festival at the Laurier Museum in Artabaska.
1986: Establishment of the program for children in primary: “Si l’Opéra m’était comet”, Foundation of the Days of French music with their competitions, master classes, exhibitions and concerts.
1991: Creation of the Czech and Slovakian Musical Encounters with their competitions, master classes, exhibitions and concerts.
1994: Formation of the Young Lyrical Ambassadors program in Canada with annual gala concerts.
2004: Launch of the Young Lyrical Ambassadors program in China.
2005: Production and direction of Carmen at the Conservatory of Sichuan Music in China.
2006: Creation of the international lyrical encounters of Montreal, launching an international master class for interpretation of the French Opera in alliance with Opera Brasov in Romania.
Since 1991, he has been invited as a jury member of several international competitions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Spain, Estonia, Portugal, Belgium, South Korea, China and Russia.
He is regularly invited to give master classes on interpretation of the French lyric repertoire. He has taught in Canada, France, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, South Korea, China, Romania and Japan. For the past 6 years, he has been developing an interpretation program of the French lyric repertoire in China.
Other Activities and Experiences:
In 1993, he was appointed to the Standing Committee of the International Association of Lyrical Theaters in Genova (Italy), headquartered in Liège, Belgium. Lyrichorégra 20 Theater is a member of Opera America and Opera.ca. In July 1995, he signed the first charter of the Olympic Arts at UNESCO in Paris, as main delegate to Canada.
Along with his artistic and teaching activities, he is a founder and a member of organizations promoting the exchanges between Canada and Europe:
- Founder and member of the Association for strengthening the links between Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland – Founding Member of the Council of Trade and Culture of Slovakia.
- He was a member of the Sino-Québec association whose goal was the promotion of Chinese dance in Canada.
- He was President of the French Union of Montréal and Vice-President of the French Committee for the 350th Anniversary of Montreal.
- He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Czech North American Chamber of Commerce and Culture.
- 1964-1966: Chief Information Officer at the Bank of London & South America in Paris, France.
- 1967: Manager of the Montreal Artists Union for Terre des Hommes in Canada for 6 months.
- 1968-1970: BP Canada-Senior clerk-consumer division in Montreal, Canada.
- 1974: Assistant teacher of music education in Beauvais, France.
- 1974: Animator for the Arts Broadcast Association in Aquitaine, France.
- 1976-1978: Dance reviewer for the French magazine Dance.
- 1999-2001: Member of the Executive Council of Universal Arts, Canadian representative.
- 1985-1986: Treasurer of the French Union of Montreal.
- 1993-1995: Member of the Standing Board of the International Association of Lyrical Theatres.
Trophies and Awards:
- In 1996, he received the Order of School Recognition from the School boards Association Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière so as to highlight his commitment and his constant efforts to promote public schools.
- In 1991 he was honored by the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia for his work over the cultural exchanges between Czechoslovakia and Canada.
- In 2002, he was awarded the Order of the President of the Slovak Republic for Cultural Exchange between Canada and Slovakia and received a silver medal of the International Club of Piestany in Slovakia.
- In 2007, he was nominated a finalist by the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities of Quebec for the Charles-Biddle Award for exceptional contributions to Québec society.
- In 2011, he was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications.
- In 2012, he received the Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II in order to highlight his achievements in Canada.