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Opéra de Montréal general director Patrick Corrigan speaks to La Scena Musicale about the 2021-22 season. On Verdi’s La Traviata in a production inspired by the entertainer Josephine Baker and Paris in the Jazz Age: “[Baker] was defined by the fact that she was an artist, an American, and by race. She took Paris by storm but certainly would not be considered a suitable match for well-bred young man. So we have the same sort of plot construct. She takes up with a well-bred young man. Controversy ensues, and sacrifice. “We thought this was a chic new approach. The idea…

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Montreal, Monday, June 21st, 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 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. The 2021-2022…

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Name: Klara Martel-Laroche Voice Type: Soprano From: Quebec City Teacher: Adrienne Savoie Education: Conservatoire de musique de Montréal Klara Martel-Laroche is pursuing a master’s in performance at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under the supervision of Adrienne Savoie. Open-minded by nature, Klara is a sensitive artist whose commitment to music is as strong as her will to invest in it emotionally. In operas and musicals alike, she handles soprano and mezzo roles with equal ease, with a readiness to depart from the beaten paths. In recent years, she has sung the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon under the baton…

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Name: Samira Tou Type de voix : soprano From: Algérie Teachers: Gail Desmarais, Anne Popescu, Rose-Marie Landry, Lyne Fortin Éducation : Université de Montréal et Université McGill Samira Tou has been lauded for her acting ability, engaging presence and dancing skills. Weaned as much on the rhythms and melodies of her native land as the sounds of Western music, this singer embraces music from a worldly perspective, as if she had many options to choose from. By the time she started operatic singing, she already had 15 years of experience as a classical dancer under her belt. On two occasions, she…

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Name: Maud Lewden Voice Type: soprano From: France Teachers: Rosemarie Landry and Richard Margison Education: Université de Montréal A native of Bordeaux, France, Maud Lewden is a soprano who earned her undergraduate diploma in her hometown before moving to Montreal to get a master’s in vocal performance at the Université de Montréal. She is currently a pupil of Rosemarie Landry and Richard Margison. From 2018 to 2021, she took part in productions staged by  the Atelier d’Opéra at U of M under the direction of Robin Wheeler. She has benefited from the guidance of several keynote instructors like Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière,…

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Name: Anne-Sophie Gagnon-Métellus Voice Type: soprano From: Montreal Teachers: Marie-Danielle Parent Education: École de musique Vincent-d’Indy Anne-Sophie Gagnon-Métellus is a promising young soprano known for her sparkling vocal abilities and stage charisma. After having studied piano and musicals in her early years, she turned to operatic singing at 15, when she took lessons with Chantal Dionne in a period leading up to her conservatory training. Around that time, she enrolled at a summer musical camp in Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean. She would then make her operatic debut at the Théâtre Lyrique de Laval by securing a leading role for the first time. She…

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Name: Agnès MénardVoice Type: SopranoFrom: FranceTeachers: Rosemarie Landry and Catherine SévignySchool: Université de Montréal Soprano Agnès Ménard began her studies in France with Anne Constantin. During her apprenticeship, she played Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte and the First Lady in The Magic Flute. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Université de Montréal under the direction of Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Sévigny. She has sung Elettra in Idomeneo, Gabrielle in La Vie parisienne, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Diane in Actéon. She has also sung excerpts from Ana Sokolović’s song cycle…

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Name: Yosra Abid Voice Type: SopranoFrom: Tunisia Teachers: Hristina Hadjieva and Julie Gebhart Education: Music Institute in Tunis  In 2017, soprano Yosra Abid successfully completed her undergraduate studies in music and musicology with a closing recital, for which she received an honourable mention and personal congratulations from the examiners. Prior to that, Yosra began a three-year apprenticeship in 2014 with baritone Ivan Konsulov, choir director of the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, while taking lessons with Christof Buescher, Benedikt Holtbern and Lucas Grimm that same year; further instruction ensued with conductor Vladimir Sheiko in 2016 and, a year later, with Polish countertenor…

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  Name: Queen Hezumuryango Voice Type: mezzo-soprano From: Burundi Teachers: Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Sévigny Education: Université de Montréal Queen Hezumuryango is a mezzo-soprano whose experience and passion for music cover a range of styles, from opera to recitals and musicals. Among her credits are Huntsman in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Third Wood Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka and Venus in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers. She will soon begin her doctoral program at the Université de Montréal, her dissertation addressing the contribution of Black composers to classical music. She wishes to acknowledge the invaluable support of her teachers, friends and…

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Name: Geneviève Dompierre-Smith Voice type: Soprano From: Montreal Teacher: Aline Kutan  Education: Conservatoire de musique de Montréal Soprano Geneviève Dompierre-Smith recently completed her studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and received a unanimous Prize of Distinction in her final Master’s recital. She is a scholarship recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers and the Art Song Foundation of Canada. Her professional engagements include a performance Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire at the Festival Classica and broadcast on Radio-Canada. She also appears in Léa Pool’s film La Passion d’Augustine. What are your…

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