Launch of the 42nd season
of the Opéra de Montréal
See you at the Opera for the new 2021-2022 season and some of the most beautiful opera arias
June 22, 2021
Verdi’s and Mozart’s most wonderful arias, an original work by Michel Marc Bouchard and Julien Bilodeau, a heartbreaking double-bill, and the finest singers from home and abroad, all season long—this is what awaits you at Opéra de Montréal in 2021-2022!
Also, for the second time this season, opera fans will be able to take advantage of Sunday afternoon performances at 2 pm, making it easier for many music lovers to attend! This is in addition to the very popular series of free Let’s Talk Opera! events, which will continue to expand throughout Montreal and nearby suburbs.
Opera fans will be able to take advantage of Sunday afternoon performances at 2 pm, making it easier for many music lovers to attend!
The 2021-2022 Season in brief
January 2022, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
La beauté du monde
Julien Bilodeau / Michel Marc Bouchard
March 2022, Théâtre Maisonneuve
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
May 2022, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Opéra à la carte:
For this double bill, the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal collaborates with BalletOpéra Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal to present: Riders to the Sea, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Le flambeau de la nuit, by composer Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and author Olivier Kemeid, September 2021, Théâtre Maisonneuve
by Giuseppe Verdi
January 29 & February 1, 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Josephine Baker is a major icon, encapsulating the emancipation of black women. Her boldness is evoked in this brand-new version of Verdi’s famous opera, showcasing the talent of the great Quebec soprano Marie-Josée Lord.
Paris in the 1920s… The Roaring Twenties. Cabaret artist Violetta is a proud and renowned courtesan. Young Alfredo is a man from a good family. Foolish and in love, they will try to rebel against the conventions that separate their two worlds, engaging in a passionate love affair. But at what cost?
Violetta: Marie-Josée Lord
Alfredo: Rame Lahaj
Germont: James Westman
Flora: Pascale Spinney
Conductor: Alain Trudel
Stage Director: Alain Gauthier
Production: Opéra de Montréal, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera
Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
LA BEAUTÉ DU MONDE
by Julien Bilodeau and Michel Marc Bouchard – WORLD PREMIERE
March 19, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm
March 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm
After the successful premiere of the deeply moving opera Les feluettes in 2016, Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard is back at the Opéra de Montréal with an original libretto about the epic rescue of artwork from the Louvre during World War II. Proof of the inestimable value of art and beauty.
World War II is wreaking havoc… While France has suffered an important defeat at the hands of the Germans, the fight continues on the art front when Hitler arrives in Paris. As Nazi officers plan to plunder the Louvre of its precious masterpieces, Jacques Jaujard and Rose Valland risk their lives orchestrating a historic clandestine rescue.
Jacques Jaujard: Philippe Sly
Le Comte Franz Wolff-Mettermich: John Brancy
Rose Valland: Julie Boulianne
Jeanne Boitel: Layla Claire
Bruno Lohse: Isaiah Bell
Esther: France Bellemare
Alexandre Rosenberg: Jean Michel Richer
Hermann Göring: Marc Hervieux
Conductor: Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Stage Director: Florent Siaud
Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain
THE MAGIC FLUTE
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
May 7, 10, 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm
May 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Having charmed audiences around the world, Barrie Kosky’s thrilling production recalls the silent film era with its surprising set that makes use of screens and projections. It’s The Magic Flute like you’ve never seen it before!
Armed with a magic flute and enchanted bells, Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno rush to the rescue of Princess Pamina. On the way, they find dangerous dragons, dancing animals, and… love!
Tamino: Aaron Blake
Pamina: Kim-Lillian Strebel
Papageno: Richard Sveda
Queen of the Night: Ana Durlovski
Sarastro: Christian Zaremba
Conductor: Christopher Allen
Stage Director: Barrie Kosky
Production: Komische Oper Berlin, co-produced with Los Angeles Opera and Minnesota Opera – Suzanne Andrade / Barrie Kosky
Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain
RIDERS TO THE SEA
by Ralph Vaughn Williams and John Millington Synge
LE FLAMBEAU DE LA NUIT
by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and Olivier Kemeid
September 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm
September 26, 2021 at 2 pm
Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra are joining forces with the Opéra de Montréal and its Atelier lyrique for a double bill in which the sea has a starring role. The sea that feeds us… but that also robs us of life.
Cast: (R) Riders to the Sea – (F) Le flambeau de la nuit
Maurya(R) & La Nochère (F): Allyson McHardy
Kathleen (R) & Passagère 1 (F): Andrea Núñez
Nora (R): Lucie St-Martin
Une Femme (R) & La Mère (F): Sydney Frodsham
Bartley (R): Geoffrey Schellenberg
Passagère 2 (F): Sarah Dufresne
Passager 3 (F): Mishael Jedidiah Eusebio
Passager 4 (F): Matthew Li
Conductor: Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse
Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal
Opéra de Montréal | 2021-2022 – 42nd season
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