This Week in Montreal: June 17 to 23

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Discovery and Exploration at the Montréal Baroque Festival

In addition to their Grand concerts series, the Montréal Baroque Festival will offer festival-goers more intimate programming, including a recital by this year’s artist-in-residence, Brazilian born Cléa Galhano, and a concert of sacred cantatas by Manuel de Zumaya performed by Mexican ensemble La Fontegara. This festival is a place of exploration and discovery; Soirée sans frontièreswill push the limits of baroque experience by combining early music with the digital arts. This year’s closing event is Élémens, a divine ballet by Jean-Ferry Rebel depicting the Creation, featuring dancers and acrobats.
– Renée Banville

Mondial de Laval: Sylvain Cooke’s Évangéline
Évangéline, the first opera by Québec composer Sylvain Cooke on a libretto by Thérèse Tousignant, will be performed as a part of the Mondial de Laval festival at Salle André-Mathieu on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. The cast includes soprano Brigitte O’Halloran in the title role and tenor Andrezj Stec as Gabriel. Staging is by Frédéric-Antoine Guimond and Sylvain Cooke conducts the Orchestre symphonique de Laval. This opera is a co-production by the Théâtre d’Art Lyrique de Laval and the Orchestre symphonique de Laval.; 
– Daniel Turp


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