Flash mobs in workplaces, shopping malls and other everyday environments, with singers in jeans: these are among the innovations favoured by Tempêtes et Passions, a Quebec City non-profit organization founded in 2007. This producer and broadcaster seeks to demystify opera and to make the lyrical art known and familiar to the general public.
Storms and Passions is distinguished also by its programming, which gives pride of place to the little-known works of the Romantic period. “We also have a mentoring component for the promotion of young talent in support of young singers in their transition to professional life,” says Guy Lessard, creator and chairman of the board of directors. Lessard, a Wagnerian singer who distinguished himself notably during the prestigious competition of the Liederkranz Foundation in New York in 2001, also stresses the research and development initiative of Storms and Passions, which explores the possibilities that digital technology offers to opera artists.
More space for lyrical growth
A concert on Nov. 2 in the chapel of the Musée de l’Amérique francophone is devoted to French Romantic opera with works by composers Meyerbeer, Boieldieu, Gounod and Thomas. This concert, funded by the City of Quebec, is aimed at an audience under 35. It features both established professionals and young artists who are at the beginning of their careers, with the aim of stimulating interaction between different generations of opera singers. Dec.15 marks the return to the traditional Christmas concert at the German Christmas Market at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Also noteworthy is Viennoiseries musicales IV on Feb. 23, back at the chapel of the Musée de l’Amérique francophone. This will be a return to the golden age of the Viennese operetta with excerpts from Das Land des Lächelns (Lehár), Die Csárdásfürstin (Lehár) and Die Zirkusprinzessin (Kálmán). On May 2, at the same locale, you can take in Hansel and Gretel by Englebert Humperdinck, an opera for all!