Thursday, July 14, 2011

FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache, July 14-17

The 2nd annual FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache starts tonight at Église de Saint-Eustache with performances of French opera scenes. Saint-Eustache is a picturesque, historic off-island suburb just west of Montreal.

This second edition of the festival focuses on the music of France, Canada, Italy and Austria and will offer two classical staged operas, concerts, recitals, a singing workshop and personalities who have distinguished themselves in the world of opera.

The festival lasts four days from the 14th to the 17th.


FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache 2011, July 14-17
Thur., July 14

Church scenes in French Opera
- St. Eustache Church, 8 p.m.  $30.
Manon of Massenet is one of the most popular French opera; the famous love scene of this opera will be performed.  Followed by the 2nd part of the final act of Faust by Gounod based on the story by Goethe, when Marguerite learns about Faust’s pact with the devil.  The orchestra will be directed by conductor Vincent Monteil.  Singers:  Leila Chalfoun, soprano; Thomas Macleay, tenor; Marcel Beaulieu, bass; and a choir prepared by Pierre Turcott.

Fri., July 15 – Canadian Opera

400 years of Quebec music, at the « Petite Église » art center, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $20.   Claudine Ledoux, mezzo, Dominique Côté, baritone, and Pierre McLean will enchant you with music from Quebec by composers: Denis Gougeon, Pierre Mercure, Jean-Paul Jeannotte, Frédéric Chiasson, and André Gagnon.

Lucas & Cécile by Joseph Quesnel
, 8 p.m., tickets: $30.
Joseph Quesnel,
[1746 -1809] the first Canadian Opera composer.  Singers: Andréanne Paquin and Isabelle Leclerc, soprano, baritone Dion Mazerolle and tenors Guy Lessard and Marc-André Pronovost.

Sat., July 16

Italian Opera 

Mozart in Italy:
La petite église art center, 2:30 p.m.  $20.  Arias from the Italian repertoire of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be sung by Monique Pagé, soprano accompanied by Julien Leblanc, on piano. 

The Barber of Seville
by Gioachino Rossini at the Christ Roi church 8 p.m. $35.
directed by François Racine, orchestra conducted by Vincent Monteil, singers : Gianna Corbisiero soprano, Thomas Macleay tenor, Pierre-Étienne Bergeron baritone, Timothy Lafontaine baritone, Christiane Bélanger mezzo, and Tomislav Lavoie, baritone; as well as the choir soloists: Dominic Lorange and Isabeau Proux-Lemire, tenors, Alain Duguay and Simon Chaussé, baritones. Narrated by Geneviève Rivard.

Sun.  July 17

Austrian Opera
- Centre d’art La petite église, 10 a.m. $12.  Soprano Cécile Vallée-Jalbert, soprano Nicole Lorange will direct a voice workshop.  Also performances by young singers : sopranos Sahara Sloan & Zoe Laterreur, mezzo Zoey Mariniello Cochran , and tenor Cody Growe accompanied on piano by Marie-Ève Scarf one.

Viennese Concert at the Promenade
Paul-Sauvé 2:30 p.m. Admission is Free.  (in case of rain, concert will take place at the Centre d’art La petite église) directed by  Vincent Monteil,  sopranos Caroline Bleau & Amélie Moïse, mezzo Jessica Bowes, tenor Guy Lessard, and baritone Patrick Mallette will perform famous arias from Austrian operas and operettas, accompanied by Marie-Ève Scarf one on piano and the choir of the FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache.

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