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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 9, No. 2

À venir / Previews

Par/by Wah Keung Chan / October 10, 2003


For lovers of opera on video, Operamania displays some of the best versions of works available on DVD and VHS on a big screen. Hosted by musicologist Michel Veilleux, the event takes place most Friday evenings at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Music. Veilleux presents the opera before each screening, describing its history and a summary of the plot. He often discusses the kinds of voices best-suited to given roles, and the famous performers in history who played them, as well as the different styles of outstanding singers in particular arias.

The schedule closely follows the operas presented at the Opéra de Montréal and other special screenings. A special series over four weeks will focus on the soprano voice this year. (514) 343-6427

Opéra de Québec

In its 20th season, and first under Grégoire Legendre as artistic director, Opéra de Québec presents for the first time Puccini's Turandot. Canadian tenor John Mac Master takes on the role of Calaf and soprano Turid Karlsen is the ice princess. Victor DeRenzi conducts and John Pascoe provides the staging. October 18, 21, 23 and 25. The 20th anniversary Gala takes place on December 2, 2003, and will feature 20 well-known singers, including Lyne Fortin and John Mac Master. The March 2004 (6, 9, 11, 13) production of Donizetti's Elisir d'amore is the object of Opéra de Québec's annual elementary school contest, Dessine-moi un opéra, for which 1,000 entries were received. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts with Renaud Doucet directing. The season concludes with Massenet's Manon with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting soprano Nathalie Paulin, tenor Marc Hervieux and baritone Jean-François Lapointe. May 8, 11, 13, 15. (819) 529-0688, www.operadequebec.qc.ca





Opera Lyra Ottawa

Opera Lyra Ottawa began the season with Don Pasquale. Its next event is the Black & White Opera Soirée on February 21, 2004. The season concludes with Verdi's Rigoletto on March 27, 29, 31 and April 3, 2004. Tyrone Patterson conducts Gary Simpson (Rigoletto), Warren Mok (Duke of Mantua), Agathe Martel (Gilda) and Julie Nesrallah (Maddalena). The Opera Lyra Guild organizes opera video screenings at the National Library: Don Carlo (Verdi), November 12; Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), January 20, 2004; Turandot (Puccini), February 10; and Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) March 9. (613) 233-9200,

Opera at the Universities

The Montreal university opera scene kicks off with the Conservatoire de Montréal's presentation of Albert Roussel's Le Testament de la tante Caroline on October 2, 3, 4, 5 at the Monument National. Raymond Dessaints directs Ensemble Amati with staging by Nathalie Deschamps. The Studio d'opéra's artistic director, Louise-Andrée Baril, will then prepare the students for the world premiere of Denis Gougeon's Hermione et le Temps in February 2004. (514) 871-2224

While Bill and Dixie Neill take a one-year sabbatical, Robbin Wheeler has been named interim director of Opera McGill. Its fall baroque opera will be Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Nov. 6 to 8), with Hank Knox conducting and staging by Marie-Mathalie Lacoursière. Their main opera in January will be Mozart's Idomeneo. (514) 398-4547

The University of Montreal Opera Studio's major production with orchestra will be Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Jean-François Rivest conducting the university's orchestra and staging by Alice Ronfard. (514) 343-6427

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