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.