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Opéra de Montréal Commissions New Opera ‘La Beauté Du Monde’


The Opéra de Montréal has announced the world premiere of “La beauté du monde (The Beauty of the World),” an original work with a libretto by Michel Marc Bouchard and music by Julien Bilodeau. The new opera will be presented in Montreal in the spring of 2021 and was born after the May 2016 premiere of the opera “Les Feluettes” {…}


Opéra de Montréal To Present Canadian Premiere Of ‘JFK’


The Opéra de Montréal will continue its initiative of presenting new works with “JFK” by American composer David T. Little and Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek. The work, which was jointly commissioned by the Fort Worth Opera, the American Lyric Theater, and the Opéra de Montréal, made its world premiere in Fort Worth in April 2016 and was unanimously praised with {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opéra de Montreal 2017-18 Review – La Cenerentola: Solid Cast Creates Memorable Experience With Rossini Masterpiece


I will kick off this review by noting that it was the first time I had ever seen “Cenerentola” and I was charmed.  It was a magical evening, with great music, excellent singing and loads of comedy and stage business. It began with a fine rendering of the overture by the Orchestre Metropolitan conducted by the Spanish conductor Jose Miguel Perez-Sierra. {…}


‘La Cenerentola’ Returns To Opéra de Montréal


The Opéra de Montréal season continues with Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera “La Cenerentola.” Joan Font will direct the production, which first premiered at the Houston Grand Opera and Grand Theatre Liceu and which will star internationally renowned Quebec mezzo Julie Boulianne. The acclaimed mezzo will be joined by Italian baritones making their Opéra de Montréal debuts, including Pietro Spagnoli as {…}


Opéra de Montréal 2017-18 Preview: ‘Tosca’ Opens New Season


The Opéra de Montréal will open its 38th season with Puccini’s “Tosca.” The first performance takes place on Sept. 16, with subsequent shows on the 19th, 21st, and 23rd, all at 7:30 p.m. All showcases will appear at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at the Place des Arts. The opera will be presented in a co-production with the Cincinnati Opera under the {…}

Business, News

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Cheif Executive Officer Steps Down


The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal has announced that Madam Madeleine Careau will step down from her position as Chief Executive Officer. Her term will end at the end of the season in June. Careau said that she decided after considering it for some time. In a statement, Careau said, “After careful consideration, I’ve concluded that the time had come for {…}


Lionel Bringuier Named Music Director of Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège


French conductor Lionel Bringuier has been appointed the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège’s new Music Director. Bringuier will succeed Gergely Madaras, who will end his mandate at the end of the 2024-25 season. Madaras however, will become the Guest Chief Conductor starting from the 2026-2027 season. Bringuier trained at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has conducted for 20 years on {…}


Opéra de Toulon ⁦Appoints Music Director


(Credit: ©Evgeny Evtyukhov) Victorien Vanoosten has been named music director of Opéra de Toulon. ⁦ Vanoosten has worked as the principal assistant to Daniel Barenboim and has performed worldwide. He has conducted at the Berlin Opera and the Musikverein in Vienna as well as in Tokyo and Montreal. In a statement, Vanoosten said, “I am happy about this new experience {…}


Orchestre Classique de Montréal to Present ‘Messiah’


(Credit: Brent Calis) The Orchestre Classique de Montréal has announced two upcoming performances of Händel’s “Messiah” in the crypt of Saint Joseph’s Oratory on Mount Royal. Scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14, 2023, the showcases will be conducted by Jacques Lacombe and stars soprano Sydney Baedke, mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal, tenor Antoine Bélanger and baritone Gregory Dahl. “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we {…}