Spotlight on vocal arts




Over the course of the 2013-2014 season, the Opéra de Montréal and the Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec are joining forces to bring you two concert-talks on the vocal arts.

In collaboration with



Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7 pm - IN FRENCH - FREE


From the entertainment of kings to the story of our everyday lives… from Monteverdi’s Orfeo to the present day—a history of opera. Let musicologist Pierre Vachon be your guide as he takes you through some of the leading works of the great opera repertoire, with performances by

  • Florie Valiquette, soprano
  • Rachèle Tremblay, mezzo-soprano
  • Aaron Sheppard, tenor
  • Josh Whelan, soprano
  • At the piano: Pierre McLean

Duration: 90 minutes (no intermission)


Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7 pm - IN FRENCH - FREE

A LOVE TRIANGLE: Clara and Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms

Through letters these three exceptional musicians left behind, we will explore the deep bonds of love and friendship that united them and inspired them to write Lieder of rare beauty. Hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon, and featuring

  • Caroline Lavoie, as Clara Schumann
  • Alexandre Craig Préfontaine, as Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms
  • France Bellemare, soprano (Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal)
  • Jean-Michel Richer, tenor (Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal)
  • Josh Whelan, baritone (Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal)
  • At the piano: Jennifer Szeto (Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal)

Duration: 90 minutes


Grande Bibliothèque : 514.873.1100 (sans frais : 1 800 363.9028)