A Word from the Artistic Director
a monumental season!
Clearly evolving in the 21st century, since 2012, the Opéra de Montréal has been incorporating contemporary works into its programming. The time has come to actively engage in the creation process. Therefore, top Québecois play, Les feluettes (Lilies), a drama by Michel Marc Bouchard, became an opera, thanks to the musical score by composer, Kevin March. Serge Denoncourt’s interpretation will be carried by an entirely Canadian cast.
We also offer you pinnacle works from the opuses of the greatest composers.
The season will be launched with the touching Puccini drama, Madama Butterfly. Characterized by most enticing music, this work remains an essential for opera lovers, and serves as an ideal initiation for those wishing to finally discover the infinite vocal world. The moving story of geisha, Cio-Cio San, will be directed by François Racine, featuring Puccini-virtuoso, James Meena, conducting the Orchestre Métropolitain.
The breathtakingly opera, Elektra, by Richard Strauss, called for a conductor of the same calibre. Thus, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead the Orchestre Métropolitain for this cathartic work. The strength of the stellar cast will only be comparable to that of Victor Ochoa’s monumental sculpture, and Director, Alain Gauthier’s inspiration.
And Verdi’s Otello is such a powerful opera! This inspiring, musical architectural masterpiece commands new scenography, and the Opéra de Montréal debuts of Kristian Benedikt and Aris Argiris, in their respective roles, as Otello and Iago. It also commands the much-anticipated return of Hiromi Omura, as Desdemona. Keri-Lynn Wilson will be at the helm of the OSM.
Join us in celebrating this 36th season!