This Week in Montreal: Operatic Rendez-Vous with Les Violons du Roy

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Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

This week: a recital for cello with Elinor Frey (May 11), and the 6th instalment of the Schubert Sonata Cycle by pianist Mathieu Gaudet (May 14).

Cinema du Parc

With the growing enthusiasm around the world for the presentation of live operas at the cinema, the Cinema du Parc will be presenting unique live events this spring from the Gran Theater del Liceu in Barcelona. On 14 May, see the presentation of Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, libretto by Piave and inspired by Victor Hugo. See the Duke of Mantua and his jester Rigoletto in a mise-en-scène with minimalist features by Monique Wagemaker. 14 May, 12 noon.

Violons du Roy revisit Purcell’s King Arthur

As part of the Grands rendez-vous series of Violons du Roy, the exceptional soprano soloist Anna Prohaska will join the ensemble and La Chapelle de Québec on May 13 for the presentation of the masterpiece King Arthur, Purcell’s famous opera. In this one, King Arthur sets off in search of his fiancée kidnapped by the enemy chief Oswald. Conducted by Bernard Labadie, May 13, 7:30 pm, Maison symphonique. www.violonsduroy.com

Musica Camerata

On May 13, the chamber music ensemble presents a concert devoted to the works of composers from USA, France, and the Czech Republic: Arthur Foote’s Piano Quartet, Op. 23, Roland Manuel-Lévy’s String Trio and Dvořák’s Piano Quartet op. 87. Musica Camerata, which is celebrating its 47th anniversary this year, is the oldest chamber orchestra in Canada. May 13, 6 pm, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. www.cameratamontreal.com

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Kiersten van Vliet is the Web Editor and an Editorial Assistant for La Scena Musicale. A current MA musicology student at McGill University, her research on Quebec composer-pianist and child prodigy André Mathieu (1929–68) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Kiersten earned her BMus in Music History from Western University Canada as well as an Artist’s Diploma in Violin Performance. Other interests include conducting, chamber music, and musical theatre. Kiersten served as an Editor-in-Chief for Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology at Western University from 2012–14.

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