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New Brunswick-born Juliane Gallant is the Resident Conductor of the Calgary Phil and a Music Director candidate at the PEI Symphony Orchestra. She is one of two conductors in the inaugural cohort of Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership program. Since relocating to Canada from the UK in 2021, she has appeared as a guest conductor with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony New Brunswick. She has also worked as an assistant and cover conductor with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
A passionate collaborator, Juliane first trained as a collaborative pianist, répétiteur, and vocal coach, and began her conducting career in opera, leading productions throughout the UK for Gothic Opera (Le loup-garou/Le dernier sorcier), Hampstead Garden Opera (La bohème), King’s Head Theatre (Carmen, Tosca), Opera on Location (L’enfant prodigue, Cinderella, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen), St Paul’s Opera (Così fan tutte, Orphée aux enfers), Opera Upclose (Carmen, Music oft hath such a charm, Ulla’s Odyssey), and Opera MIO (A Fantastic Bohemian: The Tales of Hoffmann revisited). In 2021, she made her Royal Opera House conducting debut in Mami Wata in collaboration with Pegasus Opera. In Canada, she was Music Director for Eugene Onegin at the Highlands Opera Studio, and conducted a performance of Nicole Lizée’s R.U.R. A Torrent of Light in her capacity of Assistant Conductor with Tapestry Opera.
A strong believer in music as a vehicle for joy and human connection, Juliane worked extensively on community outreach and education projects during her time in the UK. With Opera Holland Park, she explored opera in schools, with residents of care homes, with communities of refugees, and with people living with physical and mental disabilities. With Lost Chord, she brought music to people living with dementia across Yorkshire. With Baseless Fabric, she led interactive opera workshops in schools in underserved London boroughs.
Juliane is a graduate of the National Opera Studio, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montréal, the University of Ottawa, and the Université de Moncton. In London, Juliane was one of only 12 conductors selected for the first Women Conductors Course: Conducting for Opera, run by the Royal Opera House, the National Opera Studio, and the Royal Philharmonic Society, and has received continued support from the Royal Opera House throughout her training. She has participated in a conducting masterclass with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and in the Winnipeg Symphony RBC Canadian Conductors Showcase. She has received funding from the Opera Awards Foundations and NB Arts. Her conducting mentors include Karen Kamensek, JoAnn Falletta, and Rosemary Thomson.
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