The Opéra de Montréal’s 2020-2021 Season

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Montreal, Monday, March 4th, 2020 Verdi’s and Mozart’s most wonderful arias, the highly anticipated return of the great composer Janáček, an original work by Michel Marc Bouchard and Julien Bilodeau and the finest singers from home and abroad, all season long—this is what awaits you in 2020-2021!

Also, for a second year, 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 in nearby suburbs.

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The 2020/2021 season in brief

  • La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi, September 2020, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier (WP)
  • Jenůfa, Leoš Janáček, November 2020, Salle WP
  • La beauté du monde, Julien Bilodeau / Michel Marc Bouchard, March 2021, Théâtre Maisonneuve
  • The Marriage of Figaro, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, May 2021, Salle WP

Opera à la carte

  • Riders to the sea, collaboration with Ballet Opéra Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal: Riders to the sea, Ralph Vaughan Williams plus new work by composer Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and author Olivier Kemeid, May 2021, Monument-National

LA TRAVIATA by Guiseppe Verdi

Inspired by the spectacular fate of Josephine Baker, this all-new version of Verdi’s famous opera showcases the dazzling artistry of Quebec soprano Marie-Josée Lord.


Violetta                                Marie-Josée Lord

Alfredo                                Rame Lahaj

Germont                             Jean-François Lapointe

Flora                                     Pascale Spinney

Conductor                          Jordan De Souza

Stage Director                  Alain Gauthier

Production                         Opéra de Montréal, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera

Opéra de Montréal’s Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

September 26.29. & October 1st 2020, 7:30PM / Sunday, October 4 2020, 2:00 PM

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

JENŮFA  by Leoš Janáček

Janáček’s exquisitely lush orchestral writing meets the brilliance of celebrated Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan and sublime Quebec soprano Marianne Fiset, in a new production you don’t want to miss this season.


Jenůfa                                  Marianne Fiset

Laca                                       Samuel Lakker

Steva                                    Adam Smith

Kostelnika                          Agnès Zwisrko

Starek                                  Tom Goertz

Buryja                                  Stefania Toczyska

Conductor                          Alexander Briger

Stage director                   Atom Egoyan

Production                         Opéra de Montréal & Pacific Opera Victoria

Opéra de Montréal’s Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

November 14. 17. 19 2020, 7:30PM / November 22 2020, 2:00PM

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

LA BEAUTÉ DU MONDE by Julien Bilodeau and Michel Marc Bouchard                                        WORLD PREMIERE

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. A proof of the inestimable value of art and beauty.

Argument : In 1939, fearing the German advance with its bombing and pillaging, Jacques Jaujard, the director of France’s national museums, organized the removal of major pieces from the Louvre and the safe storage of its collections. As the Germans advanced on Paris, thousands of works of art found themselves in exile along the roads of France. The Mona Lisa, incognito, was part of the convoy.

For her part, Rose Valland, the former director of the Jeu de Paume Museum, was relegated to the role of caretaker. In secret, she collected and compiled all the meaningful information she could about Jewish-owned private collections that were being seized by the Germans. Hermann Göring, Marshal of the German Empire, visited the Jeu de Paume dozens of times, selecting thousands of pieces for his personal collection.

At the end of the war, through the efforts and instinct of Jacques Jaujard, all of the works from the Louvre were returned to their place in the museum. Thanks to Rose Valland’s work and notes, over 60,000 works of art plundered mainly from Jews, were returned to their rightful owners.


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’s Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

March 2021, 7:30PM / March 28 2021, 2:00PM

Théâtre Maisonneuve

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart’s genius displayed in some of his most gorgeous arias, in a historically inspired version sure to charm all opera lovers. Discover or rediscover this lyric work that consistently delivers satisfaction featuring, featuring the greatest singers from Canada.


Figaro                                   Daniel Okulitch

Susanna                              Andrea Nunez

Countess                            Kirsten McKinnon

Count                                   Hugo Laporte

Cherubino                          Katie Miller

Marcelina                           Sydney Frodsham

Bartolo                                 Brenden Friesen

Barbarina                            Vanessa Croome

Antonio                               Jean-Philippe Mc Clish

Conductor                          Nicolas Ellis

Stage Director                   Stephen Lawless

Production                         This production is owned by Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera et Palm Beach Opera.

Opéra de Montréal’s Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

May 8.11.13 2021, 7:30PM / May 16 2021, 2:00PM

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

RIDERS TO THE SEA  by ralph vaughan williams

I Musici de Montréal and Ballet Opéra Pantomime (BOP) join forces with OdM for a unique double bill in which the sea plays a leading role. The sea nurtures lives, but also claims them. In the north of Ireland, it plays in turn with the fates of Maurya’s sons. A new work to an original libretto about migrants by Olivier Kemeid with music by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse will follow.


To be announced

Conductor                          Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse

May 22.23 2021


Opéra de Montréal | 2020-2021 SEASON – 41st Season

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

Subscriptions to 4 operas starting from $119!

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 $30, on sale as of June 5, 2020.

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