Opéra de Montréal presents
its 2022-23 season

A new exciting program with a breathtaking diversity of works

March 18, 2022

The Opéra de Montréal is launching its 2022-23 season with a breathtaking array of works, including Il Trovatore, La Beauté du Monde, Ainadamar, Madama Butterfly and Yourcenar – Une île de passions.

Beginning at the end of the summer, the company will present several great classics of the repertoire as well as new works. In addition, audiences can expect productions never before presented in Montreal, with new costumes and sets, and new staging.

Audiences can expect productions never before presented in Montreal, with new costumes and sets.

“Throughout the pandemic, what we heard most from our audience was how eager they were to return to the opera,” says Patrick Corrigan, General Director of the Opéra de Montréal. “We are confident that the new season will not only meet this expectation but will also satisfy culture lovers, both neophytes and music lovers,” he adds.

The dangerous finality of a young woman seeking vengeance on behalf of her mother in Verdi’s Il Trovatore; a harrowing wartime drama that inspired Bilodeau’s The Beauty of the World; the plunge into the life, and claims, of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca in Golijov’s Ainadamar; the tragic fate of a mother abandoned by the love of her life in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; and finally, the rich literary legacy of a writer who turned her own dualities into a relentless force with the Quebec creation Yourcenar – An Island of Passions: this is truly a breathtaking season.

“Faced with the enthusiasm for cultural recovery, we wanted to recreate those special moments that stop time and transport us elsewhere,” says Michel Beaulac, Artistic Director of the Opéra de Montréal. “We are ready and we are looking forward to seeing our audience,” he exclaims. In addition, the company is extremely proud to have achieved gender parity among the principal roles. The Opéra de Montréal’s 2022-2023 season is detailed as follows:

Il Trovatore

September 10 to 18, 2022
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Opéra de Montréal - Il TraviatoreManrico is a young troubadour madly in love with the beautiful Leonora, whose heart he has won despite the growing jealousy of Count De Luna, who is also in love with her. But a much more pernicious element opposes the two men, unaware of the fraternal link which unites them. Azucena holds the family secret and intends to use it to avenge her mother’s death.


LEONORA: Nicole Car
MANRICO: Luc Robert
AZUCENA: Marie-Nicole Lemieux
COUNT OF LUNA: Etienne Dupuis
FERRANDO: Matthew Treviño

Conductor: Jacques Lacombe
Director: Michel-Maxime Legault
Production: Productions ODM inc. with the financial support of SODEC

Orchestre Métropolitain / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

La Beauté du Monde
Bilodeau | Bouchard

November 19 to 27, 2022
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Opéra de Montréal - La beauté du mondeThe Second World War is taking its toll, and France just suffered a defeat at the hands of the German army. But that’s not all. The battle continues on the art front. As Nazi officers plan to loot the Louvre of its precious masterpieces, Jacques Jaujard and Rose Valland orchestrate a historic clandestine rescue, risking their lives.


ROSE VALLAND: Allyson McHardy
DR. BRUNO LOHSE: Isaiah Bell
ESTHER: France Bellemare
JACOB: Émile Schneider

Conductor : Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Director: Florent Siaud
Production: Productions ODM inc. with the financial support of SODEC spectacles

Orchestre Métropolitain / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

Golijov | Hwang

March 18 to 26, 2023
Maisonneuve Theatre

Spain, 1936. A devastating civil war pits the Republicans against the Nationalists. The poet, who had become a revolutionary and martyr, Federico García Lorca, is shot by the fascists, supporters of General Franco. Margarita Xirgu, his muse and close collaborator left in mourning, remembers him, his ideas and his struggle…


NURIA: Elizabeth Polese
JOSÉ TRIPALDI: Alain Coulombe

Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Director: Brian Staufenbiel
Production: Opéra de Montréal

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

Madama Butterfly

May 6 to 14, 2023
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Opéra de Montréal - Madame Butterfly

Nagasaki, early 20th century: Cio-Cio San chooses to renounce her country’s traditions, her family’s beliefs, to abandon wholeheartedly to the love of her life, an American general. She does not imagine for a moment that this passion that consumes her will plunge her into a deep solitude, despair without exit.


CIO-CIO-SAN: Joyce El-Khoury
B.F. PINKERTON: Matthew White
SHARPLESS: Hugo Laporte
SUZUKI: Lauren Segal
GORO: Éric Thériault
THE BONZE: Matthew Treviño

Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
Director: Stephanie Havey
Production: Opéra de Montréal

Orchestre Métropolitain / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

Yourcenar – une île de passions
Champagne | Dorion & Blais

4 et 6 août 2022
Salle Pierre-Mercure

Opéra de Montréal - Yourcenar, une île de passionsFreely inspired by the life and work of Marguerite Yourcenar, this Quebec creation is written by librettist Hélène Dorion and the late Marie-Claire Blais, with music by composer Éric Champagne. Focusing on her relationship with Grace Frick and Jerry Wilson, the opera highlights the tensions that shaped Marguerite Yourcenar’s life as a woman, companion and writer.


MARGUERITE: Stéphanie Pothier
GRACE: Kimy Mc Laren
JERRY: Hugo Laporte
DANIEL: Jean-Michel Richer
A CAPTAIN: Pierre Rancourt
A SINGER: Suzanne Taffot

Conductor: Dina Gilbert
Director: Angela Konrad
Production: Opéra de Montréal / Festival d’opéra de Québec / Violons du Roy

Subscriptions and tickets

Starting at $109 for 4 operas, the seasonal subscription offers a quality-price ratio that will please everyone. In fact, by subscribing to the complete season, the public saves more than 30% on the regular price of individual tickets, in addition to enjoying the privileges reserved for subscribers.

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