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Monday, 26 January 2015

This Week in Montreal: January 26 to February 2


Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Samson et Dalila at the Opéra de Montréal
“Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” has been central to the repertoire of Marie-Nicole Lemieux as a competition piece since her student days. “It’s musically a magical moment,” says Lemieux. When she sings it in her first production at the Montreal Opera, “It will be the first time I sing it with a tenor,” Lemieux says. It’s rare for a role to have three great arias in an opera, and Lemieux is looking forward to those highlights. However, for her, the challenge is to approach the role as a whole. “Dalila is on the dark side of the moon,” says Lemieux. “When I go on stage, I try to find a human side because no one is completely black or white. At the beginning, despite the objections of her people, she genuinely likes Samson. But he leaves her three times to fight against her people. She is wounded by that, and she fights to make amends. She is not evil.” Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, January 24, 27, 29, and 31, www.operademontreal.com
- Wah Keung Chan

Spotlight on Beethoven with The New Orford String QuartetKnown for their virtuosity, the members of the New Orford String Quartet are soloists with orchestras of Montreal and Toronto: violinist Andrew Wan and cellist Brian Marker at the OSM, violinist Jonathan Crow and violist Eric Nowlin at TSO. In Arte Musica's fall series on Beethoven, they chose the No. 4 quartets of Opus 18, No. 11, opus 95 and No. 15, opus 132. Bourgie Hall, January 28 7:30pm. www.sallebourgie.ca- Renée Banville
ECM+ Presents BOP
ECM+ director Véronique Lacroix invites you to discover this young company, which excels in presenting theatrical music. Directed by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse, BOP (which stands for Ballet Opera Pantomime) offers two works devoted to figures of Sappho: Orpheus on Sappho's Shore by Luna Pearl Woolf, created by ECM+ in 2004, and the Canadian premiere of Five Images After Sappho by the Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. Featuring Kyle Bielfield, tenor, and Jana Miller, soprano. Conservatoire's Concert Hall, January 29 and 30, 7:30pm. www.ecm.qc.ca
- Renée Banville

McGill Opera Presents The Marriage of Figaro
McGill University's opera workshop, directed by Patrick Hansen, presents its second production this season, The Marriage of Figaro, featuring students of the voice program. Gordon Gerrard will lead the McGill Symphony Orchestra; staging by Nicola Bowie. Pollack Hall, January 29, 30, 31 at 7:30pm and February 1 at 2pm. www.mcgill.ca/music
- Justin Bernard

Mount Royal Baroque Company Recital
In January, the Mount Royal Baroque Company presents a recital entitled Amour, tyran des coeurs, featuring soprano Kristi Bryson and tenor David Menzies, who is also the artistic director. They are accompanied by Susan Toman on harpsichord and Kyle Irving Moroz on cello. The program includes arias and duets of the great baroque repertoire as well as lesser known works. Salon Vieux-Montréal, January 31, 7:30pm. www.cbmroyal.com
- Justin Bernard

Pro Musica - World Premiere of a Work by John Adams
Founded in 1989 and currently in residence at Stanford University, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has quickly established its reputation as a world-class chamber music ensemble. Pianist Serhiy Salov joins the group for a quintet by Brahms and the world premiere of a work by American composer John Adams. Maison Symphonique, January 31, 8pm. www.promusica.qc.ca
- Renée Banville

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