Opéra de Montréal to Webcast ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra de Montréal will webcast Bizet’s “Carmen” on March 19.

The production, which was presented in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in 2019, features is a result of a collaboration with Quebec filmmaker Charles Binamé.

The cast includes an all-Canadian cast featuring mezzo-soprano Krista de Silva portraying the famous gypsy girl, tenor Antoine Bélanger in the role of corporal Don José, baritone Christopher Dunham as the torero Escamillo, and soprano France Bellemare in the role of Micaëla.

The “Carmen” production also includes the Orchestre Métropolitain, as well as the Opéra de Montréal Chorus, and the choristers of Les Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal.

In a press release, Patrick Corrigan, General Director of the Opéra de Montréal said, “This is a colossal production: over 200 people were involved at each performance, on stage, and behind the scenes, from the soloists to the craftspeople, not to mention choristers, musicians, dancers, actors, and stagehands. Creating a production of this scale during a pandemic, with the required physical distancing measures, would simply be impossible. But we’re happy to be making this very memorable and successful production available to everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing our audience and our artisans again in this way,” he continued. The company’s decision to invite major Quebec-based artists working outside of the world of opera—like Charles Binamé—to put their creative genius to work on the opera stage has met with enthusiasm among audiences.”

The webcast will be available on March 19 from 7 p.m. until 11:59 p.m.