Opéra de Montréal unveils its 2021-2022 season

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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.

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The 2021-2022 Season in brief

  • La traviata, Giuseppe Verdi, January 2022, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
  • La beauté du monde, Julien Bilodeau / Michel Marc Bouchard, March 2022, Théâtre Maisonneuve
  • The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, May 2022, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Opera à la carte

  • For this double bill, the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal collaborates with BalletOpéra Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal to present: Riders to the Sea, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Le flambeau de la nuit, by composer Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and author Olivier Kemeid, September 2021, Théâtre Maisonneuve

LA TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi

Josephine Baker is a major icon, encapsulating the emancipation of black women. Her boldness is evoked in this brand-new version of Verdi’s famous opera, showcasing the talent of the great Quebec soprano Marie-Josée Lord.

Synopsis: Paris in the 1920s… The Roaring Twenties. Cabaret artist Violetta is a proud and renowned courtesan. Young Alfredo is a man from a good family. Foolish and in love, they will try to rebel against the conventions that separate their two worlds, engaging in a passionate love affair. But at what cost?


Violetta                             Marie-Josée Lord
Alfredo                              Rame Lahaj
Germont                           James Westman
Flora                                   Pascale Spinney

Conductor                       Alain Trudel
Stage Director                Alain Gauthier
Production                       Opéra de Montréal, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera,

Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

January 29 & February 1, 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm / Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier


LA BEAUTÉ DU MONDE by Julien Bilodeau and Michel Marc Bouchard


After the successful premiere of the deeply moving opera Les feluettes in 2016, Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard is back at the Opéra de Montréal with an original libretto about the epic rescue of artwork from the Louvre during World War II. Proof of the inestimable value of art and beauty.

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


Jacques Jaujard                      Philippe Sly
Le Comte Franz Wolff-Mettermich   John Brancy
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

March 19, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm / March 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Théâtre Maisonneuve


THE MAGIC FLUTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Having charmed audiences around the world, Barrie Kosky’s thrilling production recalls the silent film era with its surprising set that makes use of screens and projections. It’s The Magic Flute like you’ve never seen it before!

Synopsis: Armed with a magic flute and enchanted bells, Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno rush to the rescue of Princess Pamina. On the way, they find dangerous dragons, dancing animals, and… love!


Tamino                      Aaron Blake
Pamina                      Kim-Lillian Strebe
Papageno                 Richard Sveda
Queen of the Night     Ana Durlovski
Sarastro                    Christian Zaremba

Conductor                Christopher Allen
Stage Director          Barrie Kosky
Production                Komische Oper Berlin, co-produced with Los Angeles Opera and

Minnesota Opera – Suzanne Andrade / Barrie Kosky

Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

May 7, 10, 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm / May 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier



RIDERS TO THE SEA by Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Millington Synge
LE FLAMBEAU DE LA NUIT by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and Olivier Kemeid

Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra are joining forces with the Opéra de Montréal and its Atelier lyrique for a double bill in which the sea has a starring role. The sea that feeds us… but that also robs us of life.

Mirroring the opera Riders to the Sea, the new work Le flambeau de la nuit echoes the same themes, weaving together a unified dramatic structure that looks both to the present and back to the past.


(R) Riders to the Sea

(F) Le flambeau de la nuit

Maurya (R) & La Nochère (F)               Allyson McHardy
Kathleen (R) & Passagère 1 (F)            Andrea Núñez
Nora (R)                                                   Lucie St-Martin
Bartley (R)                                               Geoffrey Schellenberg
Passagère 2 (F)                                      Sarah Dufresne
Passager 3 (F)                                         Mishael Jedidiah Eusebio
Passager 4 (F)                                         Matthew Li

Conductor                          Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse

I Musici de Montréal

September 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm & September 26, 2021 at 2 pm
Théâtre Maisonneuve


Opéra de Montréal | 2021-2022 SEASON – 42nd Season

All operas are performed in their original language with bilingual surtitles projected above the stage.

Subscriptions to 3 operas starting at $87!
Other subscription packages available!
Only at the Opéra de Montréal box office: 514-985-2258  •  1 877 385-2222

Single Tickets

Place des Arts Box Office: 514-842-2112 • 1 866 842-2112
Starting at $35, on sale as of October 2021.

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