In Memoriam Jacqueline Desmarais

Jacqueline Desmarais (1928-2018)

In the arts milieu—and most certainly for the Opéra de Montréal—Jacqueline Desmarais was an inspiration, an example of commitment and of vision.

One of the most important patrons of the arts scene, she will remain the very symbol of generosity and magnanimity.

It was with great appreciation and admiration that the Opéra de Montréal inducted her—a sponsor of so many talented young artists who today enjoy successful international careers—into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame. Her memory will also forever be enshrined in the gratitude of the Atelier lyrique.

To each of us, she has bequeathed her passion for art, for music, for singing, and the drive for excellence she ignited in all those who were privileged enough to have met her.

Every country has a First Lady; Jacqueline Desmarais was Canada's First Lady of Opera.


Michel Beaulac

Artistic Director, Opéra de Montréal