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16 April 2015
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Discover Les feluettes through the librettist Michel bouchard and the solist Étienne Dupuis' words. 

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16 April 2015
Musical excerpts

Listen the very first musical excerpts from the new Opéra de Montréal's show: Les feluettes.

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9 March 2015
Creative team videos

Discover Les feluettes through the eyes of the creative team:

-Michel Marc Bouchard, librettist

-Kevin March, composer

-Michel Beaulac, the Opéra de Montréal artistic director 

at the Opéra
de Montréal
in 2016

The Opéra de Montréal is pleased to announce an all-new project for the world premiere of a opera in 2016: Les Feluettes (Lilies), after the play by Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, set to music by Australian composer Kevin March.

SYNOPSIS

In 1952, a group of prisoners led by Simon confine a bishop named Bilodeau, performing a play for him, thereby relating a series of events that took place forty years earlier, when Simon and Bilodeau were at school together in Roberval, in the Lac St-Jean region.

Much like a trial, the aim of this confinement is to get Bilodeau to admit to a crime he committed, and for which Simon was unjustly condemned, at a time when he was in love with Vallier de Tilly, a young, ruined French aristocrat exiled with his mother to Quebec.

This theatrical mise en abyme—a play within a play—, in which men alone perform both the male and female roles, has captured the public’s imagination the world over with its theatrical qualities and emotional resonance.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Premiering in Montreal in 1987, directed by André Brassard, with a revival staged in 2002 by director Serge Denoncourt (Prix de l’Académie du Théâtre québécois, 2002), the play has been produced over 50 times throughout the world. It was presented at a number of festivals, including the Avignon, Dublin, and Limoges festivals. It enjoyed a run of over three months at Théâtre du Ranelagh in Paris. It is part of the repertory of the Los Endebles company in Mexico City and of Studio Life in Tokyo, where it is frequently re-staged.

In 1996, Canadian film director John Greyson directed a film adaptation of the play, called LILIES (Genie Award for Best Canadian Film of 1996).

Premiering in Antwerp in 2011, the Flemish musical LELIES, inspired by the play, won the 2012 award for best musical in Belgium; it will be remounted in Belgium and in Holland in 2015.

Michel Marc
Bouchard

Playwright, screenwriter, and exhibition curator Michel Marc Bouchard has written some twenty plays including Les Feluettes (Lilies), Les Muses orphelines (The Orphan Muses), L’Histoire de l’oie (The Tale of Teeka), Le Chemin des passes dangereuses (Down Dangerous Passes Road), and, most recently, Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) and Christine, la reine-garçon (The Girl King). His works, translated into more than ten languages, have been performed in major theatres in Quebec, Canada, and abroad, as well as at some of the most renowned international festivals. A recipient of the National Arts Centre Award, the Chalmers Award, the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Prix de l’Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre, the Primo Arte Candoni, and the Prix de SACD (Paris), he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and a Knight of the Order of Quebec in 2012.

His plays Les Feluettes (Lilies – Genie for Best Film, 1996), Les Muses orphelines, L’Histoire de l’oie (Gémeau for Best Dramatic Work, 1998), Les Grandes chaleurs, and Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm – Critics Award, Venice Film Festival) have been adapted for the screen. The Girl King will be presented at the prestigious Stratford Festival in 2014, and will be adapted for the screen by Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki.

 

Serge
Denoncourt

With at least a hundred productions to his credit, Serge Denoncourt occupies the theatre scene in numerous ways.  Former director of the Théâtre du Trident, cofounder and ten-year artistic director of the Théâtre de l'Opsis and a famous stage director, Denoncourt has given free rein to his love of the great classics (Tchekhov, Gorki, Molière) and to his interest for the 20th century repertoire (Botho Strauss, Steven Berkoff, Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams) and for Quebec's contemporary playwrights (Michel Tremblay, Michel Marc Bouchard).  A versatile artist, Serge Denoncourt also stages operas and variety shows (Arturo Brachetti) and two world tours of the Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti.  He also directed three episodes of Cirque du Soleil’s TV series Solström. In 2004, he won the Masque du public Loto-Québec as well as the Masque de la meilleure production for his staging of the play Les Feluettes (Lilies) presented at the Espace GO.  This show was also presented at the prestigious A.C.T. Theatre in San Francisco. Serge Denoncourt is the director and co-writer of Cirque du Soleil’s production in Las Vegas entitled Criss Angel Believe.  He is an actor as well.


 

 

Kevin
March

Kevin March is an award-winning Australian composer whose works have been performed In North America, Europe, and Australia by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Ironwood Ensemble, Halcyon, The Arcko Ensemble, ASTRA Chamber Music Society, Chronology Arts, Brave New Works, and The New York City Opera. Kevin received 1st Prize in the 2010 3MBS National Composer Awards for his orchestral work Kambarang, and the 2009 Dorian La Galliene Prize for his chamber work Ophélie. Recent commissions include Beautiful Apocalypse, a multi-media chamber opera based on the life of Joachim of Fiore and the 2012 apocalypse, for the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble;, Ouvre-moi la Porte, commissioned for Neal Perez de Costa and Daniel Yeadon by The Sydney Conservatorium and Ars Musica Australis for the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music;, and Tango & Terror, written for violinist Sarah Curro. In April, 2014, a concert comprised of his Catalogue des Papillons (a large cycle for solo piano) and Mythweaver (a song-cycle for soprano and piano based on the poetry of Sappho) will be included in Melbourne Metropolis Festival. His works have been broadcast on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and 3MBS radio, and excerpts from his song-cycle Mythweaver were featured in the ABC Radio National documentary Modern Muses: The Greeks and New Music.

Kevin was born and raised in the United States and completed his Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Michigan before moving to Melbourne in 2004. While at the University of Michigan, his principal composition instructors were William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty and Curtis Curtis-Smith. Since his move to Australia he has been mentored by or has studied under notable Australian composers Richard Mills, Gerard Brophy, Maria Grenfel, and Paul Stanhope. He currently teaches composition and music theory at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

 

Michel
Beaulac

Michel Beaulac was born in Montreal, and started studying piano as a teenager. After studies in education and some ten years as a teacher, he furthered his studies at the UQAM, in fine arts and voice. Nominated by the McAbbey Foundation (sculpture), he exhibited his work on the Montreal university circuit, in the Maisons de la culture network, and at the Galerie du Petit Musée in Quebec City. His passion for opera led to hosting duties for a radio show on which the Opéra de Montréal's director at the time took notice of him and invited him to join the company's communications team in 1989. He then went on to take up various other functions at the company, including work as a set and costume designer, as assistant to the Artistic Director, and, more recently, as Artistic Administrator, a position he filled for close to ten years. 

As set designer, co-set designer, and costume designer, he worked on over seven productions and co-productions for Opéra de Montréal, including Andrea Chénier, Carmen, Fedora, Manon, Manon Lescault, Don Carlo, Carmina burana (staged version), as well as productions for the Atelier lyrique's Canadian tours, including L'Elisire d'amore and The Barber of Seville. 

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