For the 2023-24 season, we have been guided by this quest for the truth that inhabits every one of us, this longing for inner peace. Each of the operas we will be presenting is revolutionary in itself: The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, in which Figaro and Susanna become symbols of resistance against the bourgeoisie; La Reine-garçon, a new work by Bilodeau/Bouchard, in which the Queen of Sweden seeks to break from the values of her era and come to terms with her identity; Enigma, a new work by Burgan/Schmitt, in which two men face their turmoil in an effort to better heal; and La Traviata by Verdi, in which the courtesan Violetta decides to shake up the established order in the name of love.
The common thread through all these works is the human being and its constant quest for freedom. The power of opera is to give a voice to this humanity. Whether it be through thoughts or emotions, our characters take definitive actions that will change the course of their lives. Perhaps will you see something of yourself in their journeys?
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
A CLEVER MAN WILL MAKE THE MIGHTY PAY.
Can true love shake up the social order and help fight social inequalities? The Marriage of Figaro, a landmark work by the great Mozart, is a comic opera that is intended as a critique of the French bourgeoisie of the time - a class seriously weakened and on the verge of collapsing. This is the very first time that rising star Nicolas Ellis will be conducting at the Opéra de Montréal.
September 23 • 26 • 28 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 2 PM
BILODEAU | BOUCHARD
NO NEED FOR A CROWN WHEN YOU STAND TALL.
After the great success of Les feluettes (2016) and La Beauté du monde (2022), Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard is back with his libretto for La Reine-Garçon, an adaptation of his play, Christine, la reine-garçon. He is joined by composer Julien Bilodeau, with whom he has undeniably developed a privileged creative chemistry. Come and hear great Canadian voices, including those of Joyce El-Khoury and Etienne Dupuis, in a production staged by Angela Konrad (Yourcenar, une île de passions - 2022).
February 3 • 6 • 8, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2 PM
BURGAN | SCHMITT
TWO HEARTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.
Do you really know the person you love? In this opera inspired by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt's play, Variations énigmatiques, and with music composed by Patrick Burgan, this psychological intrigue takes us to the heart of a bizarre love triangle where tensions are palpable. Two Quebec tenors, Antoine Bélanger and Jean-Michel Richer, are accompanied by the I Musici Montreal orchestra, in an intimate staging. This is the Opéra de Montréal's first co-production with a European company.
Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 2 PM
April 9 • 11 • 13, 2024 at 7:30 PM
SELF-LOVE WILL NEVER BREAK YOUR HEART.
How far would you go, in the name of love? La Traviata, one of Verdi's – and of the entire repertoire's – most popular operas, introduces us to a kind of love both unbridled and doomed. Set in Paris in the 1920s, the incredible story of the courtesan Violetta is reimagined through a jazz-age entertainer who has taken the city by storm. Proving that we are never bound to a single path, nor to a single journey.
May 4 • 7 • 9, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 2 PM
THE CORONATION OF POPPEA
OPERA À LA CARTE - IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ORCHESTRE DE L'AGORA
An air of mystery surrounds Monteverdi’s last opera. As the original version has been lost, musicologists have had no other choice but to use a copy whose libretto differs greatly. Nevertheless, The Coronation of Poppea remains a gem of Italian opera and stands out as an innovative and powerful work, where the music combined with dramatic action confronts us with our own contradictions.
Novembre 18, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 2 PM