Francois Girard’s ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’ Production Highlights The Festival d’Opéra de Québec 2019

By Sebastien Turgeon

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec has announced its slate for 2019.

The big story revolved around the company’s new production of Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer,” in a co-production with The Metropolitan Opera and the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam.

The festival assembled an international cast that includes Canadian baritone Gregory Dahl in the title role, German bass Andreas Bauer Kanabas as Daland and South African soprano Johanni van Oostrum as Senta. Mezzo Allison McHardy will sing the role of Mary while tenors Eric Laporte and Eric Theriault round out the cast as Erik and Der Stauermann. Maestro Jacques Lacombe will conduct l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the chorus from l’Opéra de Québec. The production will also include 16 dancers choreographed by Carolyn Choa.

Performance Dates: July 28 – August 3, 2019.

Here below is the Metropolitan Opera’s video presenting this new production which will be broadcast by the Met’s Live in HD series in March 2020:

Additionally, the festival will showcase Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales Canada. The cast includes Stephen Duncan, Catherine Saint-Arnaud, Odéi Bilodeau, Scott Brooks, and Marie-Andrée Mathieu. Bryce Lansdell will accompany at the piano.

Performance Dates: July 29- August 2, 2019

In addition to the operas, the company will also showcase “ZoOpéra,” a lyrical spectacle for children ages 6-12. It will feature soprano Frédérique Drolet and baritone Pierre Rancourt.

Performance Dates: July 24-26, 2019

Concerts in honor of Verdi will feature excerpts from “Giovanna d’Arco,” “Luisa Miller” and “Un Giorno Di Regno,” with such artists as Guylaine Girard, Luce Vachon, Danny Leclerc, Marc-André Caron, and Marcel Beaulieu.

Performance Dates: July 24-27

“Viennoseries Musicales III” will feature performances of moments from works by Léhar and Benatzky with such artists as Audrey Laroze-Zicat, Marie-Claire Fafard-Blaise, Jessica Latouche, Lysianne Tremblay, Keven Geddes, Guy Lessard, and Hugo Laporte.

Performance Date: August 4, 2019

Additionally, the festival will present “L’Amant Jaloux” at the Musée National de Beaux-Arts du Québec and “Bridage Lyrique” which will feature a number of singers performing across a wide range of locales throughout Québec.