NEWSWIRE: Opéra de Montréal 2022-23 Season: Stories Only Opera Can Tell!

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Montreal, March 23, 2022 – The Opéra de Montréal is very excited to launch its 2022-23 season, featuring an astonishingly diverse program of works including Il Trovatore, La beauté du monde, Ainadamar, Madama Butterfly, and Yourcenar – une île de passions. With performances starting in late summer, the company is focusing both on great classics of the repertoire and new works. Audiences can also expect to see productions never before presented in Montreal, with new sets and costumes, and original stage direction.

“Throughout the pandemic, what we heard from our audience was how eager people were to return to the opera,” stated Patrick Corrigan, General Director of the Opéra de Montréal. “We are convinced that this new season will not only live up to this expectation but will also satisfy lovers of culture, from newcomers to seasoned music fans,” he added.

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A young woman’s dangerous quest to avenge her mother’s death in Verdi’s Il Trovatore; the shattering war drama that inspired Bilodeau’s La beauté du monde; a journey to the heart of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca’s life and political ideals in Golijov’s Ainadamar; the tragic fate of a mother abandoned by the love of her life in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; and, lastly, the rich literary legacy of a writer who transformed her own dualities into a relentless force, the Quebec creation Yourcenar—Une ile de passions. Such an impressive array of stories, which the Opéra de Montréal will share with you this upcoming season.

“Given the public’s enthusiasm for the resumption of cultural activities, we sought to recreate those special moments that can stop time and carry us away,” said Michel Beaulac, Artistic Director of the Opéra de Montréal. “All of the artists, designers, and stage personnel are ready, and we are excitedly looking forward to our audience’s return!” he exclaimed. The company is also very proud to have achieved gender parity among the important roles of conductor and stage director for the season. The Opéra de Montréal’s 2022-2023 season unfolds as follows:

Il Trovatore, VERDI

SEPTEMBER 10 TO 18, 2022 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Manrico is a young troubadour hopelessly in love with the beautiful Leonora, whose heart he has captured despite the mounting jealousy of the Count di Luna, also enamoured of her. But a far more pernicious fate antagonizes the two men: they are unaware of the brotherly tie that binds them. Azucena, keeper of this family secret, plans to use it to avenge her mother’s death.

CAST

  • LEONORA : Nicole Car
  • MANRICO : Luc Robert
  • AZUCENA : Marie-Nicole Lemieux
  • LE COMTE DE LUNA : Etienne Dupuis
  • FERRANDO : Matthew Treviño
  • CONDUCTOR : Jacques Lacombe
  • STAGE DIRECTOR : Michel-Maxime Legault
  • PRODUCTION : Productions ODM inc. avec le soutien financier de SODEC
  • Orchestre Métropolitain / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

La BEAUTÉ DU MONDE, BILODEAU | BOUCHARD

NOVEMBER 19 TO 27, 2022 AT Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

World War II is wreaking havoc while France has suffered an important defeat at the hands of the Germans. But the fight continues onto the art front when Hitler arrives in Paris. While Nazi officers plan to plunder the Louvre of its precious masterpieces, Jacques Jaujard and Rose Valland risk their lives to orchestrate an historic clandestine rescue.

CAST

  • JACQUES JAUJARD : Damien Pass
  • ROSE VALLAND : Allyson McHardy
  • HERMANN GÖRING : Matthew Dalen
  • FRANZ WOLFF-METTERNICH : John Brancy
  • ALEXANDRE ROSENBERG : Rocco Rupolo
  • JEANNE BOITEL : Layla Claire
  1. BRUNO LOHSE : Isaiah Bell
  • ESTHER : France Bellemare
  • JACOB : Émile Schneider
  • CONDUCTOR : Jean-Marie Zeitouni
  • STAGE DIRECTOR : Florent Siaud
  • PRODUCTION : Productions ODM inc. avec le soutien financier de SODEC spectacles
  • Orchestre Métropolitain / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

AINADAMAR, GOLIJOV | HWANG

MARCH 18 TO 26, 2023 AT Théâtre Maisonneuve

Spain, 1936. A harrowing civil war pits the Republicans against the Nationalists. The poet turned revolutionary and then martyr, Federico García Lorca, is shot dead by the fascists, supporters of General Franco. He is survived by Margarita Xirgu, his muse and close collaborator, who remembers the man, his ideas, and his struggle.

CAST

  • MARGARITA XIRGU : Emily Dorn
  • FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA : Luigi Schifano
  • NURIA : Elizabeth Polese
  • JOSÉ TRIPALDI : Alain Coulombe
  • CONDUCTOR : Nicole Paiement
  • STAGE DIRECTOR : Brian Staufenbiel
  • PRODUCTION : Opéra de Montréal
  • Orchestre symphonique de Montréal / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

MADAMA BUTTERFLY, PUCCINI

MAY 6 TO 14, 2023 AT Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Nagasaki, beginning of the 20th century: Cio-Cio San chooses to renounce her country’s traditions and her family’s beliefs to give her whole heart to the love of her life, an American general. She never imagined for one moment that the passion that consumes her would plunge her into the depths of loneliness and hopeless despair.

CAST

  • CIO-CIO-SAN : Joyce El-Khoury
  • B.F. PINKERTON : Matthew White
  • SHARPLESS : Hugo Laporte
  • SUZUKI : Lauren Segal
  • GORO : Éric Thériault
  • LE BONZE : Matthew Treviño
  • CONDUCTOR : Keri-Lynn Wilson
  • STAGE DIRECTOR : Stephanie Havey
  • PRODUCTION : Opéra de Montréal
  • Orchestre Métropolitain / Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal

YOURCENAR – UNE ÎLE DE PASSIONS, CHAMPAGNE | DORION & BLAIS

AUGUST 4 AND 6, 2022 AT Salle Pierre-Mercure

Marguerite Yourcenar was a novelist who strongly impacted the literary world of the 20th century. Torn between the discipline which writing demanded and her thirst for freedom, between the stability of emotional balance and her own passionate nature, she gathered implacable strength out of these dualities, enabling her to break with the social conventions of her time.

CAST

  • MARGUERITE : Stéphanie Pothier
  • GRACE : Kimy Mc Laren
  • JERRY : Hugo Laporte
  • DANIEL : Jean-Michel Richer
  • UN CAPITAINE : Pierre Rancourt
  • UNE CHANTEUSE : Suzanne Taffot
  • CONDUCTOR : Dina Gilbert
  • STAGE DIRECTOR : Angela Konrad
  • COPRODUCTION : Opéra de Montréal / Festival d’opéra de Québec / Violons du Roy

Starting at $109 for 4 operas, the seasonal subscription offers a great value that will please everyone. Indeed, by subscribing to the complete season, the public saves more than 30% on the regular price of single tickets, in addition to enjoying the benefits reserved for subscribers.

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