Opéra de Montréal postpones fall program in 2020-21 season update

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Fall mainstage operas postponed

Montreal, June 21, 2020—Opéra de Montréal general director Patrick Corrigan today announced changes to the company’s 2020–2021 season. La Traviata and Jenůfa, which were to be presented September and November in Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, will be rescheduled in 2021–2022.

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“Following the release of CNESST guidelines for health standards in the performing arts, we are compelled to consider productions of large-scale operatic works such as La Traviata and Jenůfa, each involving over 200 artists and other professionals, as causing insurmountable health risks for the performers, technicians and staff involved,” Corrigan said.

“Given the scale of these productions, it would be impossible for us to comply with the public health regulations now in force on stage, in the orchestra pit, and behind the scenes. These large-scale productions require several months of work before the actual performances and it is imperative that we make a decision now rather than later as it would be impossible to respect all the deadlines related to such artistic projects.” he concluded.

The 2020–2021 season will, therefore, feature four productions:

  • La voix humaine & L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi, previously scheduled for March 2020, will be presented in the fall of 2020 in front of an intimate audience;
  • the world premiere of the Quebec opera La beauté du monde, by Julien Bilodeau and Michel Marc Bouchard, will be presented in March 2021 at Théâtre Maisonneuve;
  • Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), featuring a 100% Canadian cast, will be performed at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in May;
  • Riders to the Sea, as well as the premiere of a new work by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and Olivier Kemeid in collaboration with Ballet Opéra Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal, takes the stage at the Monument-National, also in May.

“The more intimate performances are an extraordinary medium for showcasing local works and artists, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in the fall with the creation of the Quebec chamber work L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi, followed in the spring by La beauté du monde at Théâtre Maisonneuve and the premiere of a new work in collaboration with BOP at the Monument-National,” Corrigan added.

Opéra de Montréal subscription holders have all been contacted and offered the options of donating the value of their tickets for La Traviata and Jenůfa as part of the Make Montreal Sing Again! campaign; keeping the ticket value in their account for a future purchase; or obtaining a refund. The Make Montreal Sing Again! campaign was created to help OdM weather the COVID-19 crisis and lay the groundwork for a resoundingly successful return to the stage.

The decrease in box office revenue recorded for Opéra de Montréal has entailed a total loss of $1.1 million for the 2019–2020 season. A significant decrease is also expected in the upcoming season, given the postponement of its two fall productions.

“Opéra de Montréal is fortunate to have the support of a growing family of donors. Our art form needs these generous individuals who are partners with us in building our artistic momentum. This essential support will allow the company to keep on course for the upcoming season” Corrigan stated.

Online programming is also planned, providing OdM audiences as well as new audiences with high-quality operas and concerts in the comfort and security of their homes. Live concerts in intimate settings will also be presented whilst fully respecting the public health measures, in addition to creative workshops to develop new works for future seasons. Opéra de Montréal is intent on adapting its artistic activities with the aim of allowing as many artists as possible to work and maintain their vital contribution to the development of opera. Supporting them is a priority for the company during these difficult times.

A complete and detailed schedule of all these activities will be released no later than September. 

The Atelier lyrique, with the help of remote platforms, completed its training program ending in late May. It will resume activities in September with a new cohort.  Artists-in-residence will receive comprehensive training and participate in numerous artistic and professional projects, whilst respecting the public health measures. The Educational and Community Engagement department will maintain activities and collaborations with La Gang à Rambrou, Ste-Justine Hospital and the CSDM (Montreal School Board). New programs will be added and adapted for easy online accessibility.



Fall 2020

La voix humaine

Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau
La Femme | France Bellemare
Piano and Music Director | Marie-Ève Scarfone

L’hiver attend beaucoup de moi

Laurence Jobidon and Pascale St-Onge
Léa | Vanessa Croome
Madeleine | Florence Bourget
Piano and Music Director | Jennifer Szeto

Stage Director | Solène Paré

LA BEAUTÉ DU MONDE by Julien Bilodeau and Michel Marc Bouchard


March 20. 22. 24. 26 and 30, 2021 at 7 :30 p.m. / March 28, 2021, at 2 p.m.

Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts


Jacques Jaujard | Philippe Sly
Le Comte Franz Wolff-Mettermich | Elliot Madore
Rose Valland | Julie Boulianne
Jeanne Boitel | Layla Claire
Bruno Lohse | Isaiah Bell
Esther | France Bellemare
Alexandre Rosenberg | Jean Michel Richer
Hermann Göring | Marc Hervieux
Conductor | Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Stage Director | Florent Siaud

New Production

Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

May 8. 11 and 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. / May 16, 2021, at 2 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts


Figaro | Daniel Okulitch
Susanna | Andrea Nunez
Comtesse | Kirsten McKinnon
Comte | Hugo Laporte
Cherubin | Katie Miller
Marcelina | Sydney Frodsham
Bartolo | Brenden Friesen
Barbarina | Vanessa Croome
Antonio | Jean-Philippe Mc Clish
Conductor | Nicolas Ellis
Stage Director | Stephen Lawless

This production is the property of the Kansas City Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera, and Palm Beach Opera.

Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain 

RIDERS TO THE SEA by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Premiere of a new work by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and Olivier Kemeid (with BOP)

May 22 and 23, 2021


Cast TBD

I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra

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