La Scena Musicale

Monday, 27 October 2014

This Week in Montreal: October 27 to November 3


Sharon Azrieli Perez

A Masked Ball for Halloween
What better way to spend Halloween than to dress up, put on a mask and go to a ball? McGill Chamber Orchestra’s first Masked Ball fundraiser fills the bill with soprano Sharon Azrieli Perez, mezzo Julie Nesrallah and tenor Antoine Belanger singing excerpts of Bernstein’s West Side Story, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Hotel Sofitel. Oct. 31. www.ocm-mco.org
- Wah Keung Chan

Belles Sœurs: The Musical
Montreal’s Segal Centre presents the English-language premiere of Belles Sœurs: The Musical. Based on Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-sœurs, the darkly comedic, bittersweet play about working-class strife in Quebec, circa 1965, is the story of Germaine Lauzon, a Plateau Mont-Royal housewife who wins one million department store trading stamps. Musical mayhem ensues when she invites her closest relatives and friends to celebrate at a raucous stamp-pasting party. Les Belles-sœurs premiered in 1968, and the musical version debuted in 2010. The book & lyrics are by René Richard Cyr, and the music is by Daniel Bélanger. The English book adaptation is by Brian Hill, while Neil Bartram penned the English lyrics. Produced by Montrealer Allan Sandler, the show features an all-female Canadian cast. Oct. 19 to Nov. 9. www.segalcentre.org.
- Naomi Gold

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