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Monday, 16 February 2015

This Week in Montreal: February 16 to 22


Lakmé (Andréanne Brisson Paquin) & Gérald (Sylvain Paré)
credit: Christian Quezada


This Week in Montreal: February 16 to 22
LakméUne histoire d’amour
(Abridged version for two singers from Lakmé  by Léo Delibes)
1 opéra / 1 heure, as its name suggests, proposes abridged versions of popular operas creating an intimate moment full of lyricism.
Its first project, LakméUne histoire d’amour, gathers moments from Léo Delibes’ Masterpiece. Oeffering only the most action-filled moments, the show focus on the relationship between the young Indian Lakmé and the English soldier Gérald. Costumes, accessories and stage design make this performance more than a simple concert.

Renowned stage director Alain Gauthier leads two singers: the brilliant soprano Andréanne Brisson Paquin as Lakmé and tenor Sylvain Paré as the passionate Gérald. Talented pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert will play pieces adapted for single piano between sung arias, offering a different way to listen to Lakmé!

Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique. Feb. 19, 7 :30 pm. www.conservatoire.gouv.qc.ca
 - Pascal Blanchet

Bach, Mozart and Fauré for voice and organ
Quebec soprano Marianne Fiset accompanied by organist Isabelle Demers will perform a varied repertoire, mixing styles from Bach to Schumann, Mozart to Fauré, including Reger, MacMillan, Barié and Daveluy. This will be an opportubity to hear (or hear again) the Casavant organ, also called Grand-Orgue-Pierre-Béique, in soloist music pieces. Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Fauré’s « Pie Jesu » (a Requiem extract) will be performed. Maison symphonique, Feb. 21, 8 pm. www.osm.ca
- Justin Bernard

Opéra da Camera in Haendel’s Serse
The Montreal Company presents its first opera of the season: Serse. In an original production from Andrew Cuk, the concert will feature an Orchestra directed by Christopher Hossfeld and a large group of singers: Meagan Zantingh, Kathrin Welte, Danielle Vaillancourt, Nicola Ravarino Guagenti, Frédérique Drolet, Valérie Bélanger et Jean-Philippe Lupien. Théâtre Rialto. Feb. 19, 21, 28, 7 :30 pm. www.operadacamera.ca
- Justin Bernard

Ensemble caprice and Bach’s cantatas
The Arte Musica Foundation continues with its concert series with Ensemble Caprice under the direction of Matthias Maute. Guest soloists will be soprano Monika Mauch, mezzo-soprano Maude Brunet, tenor Hermann Oswald and baritone Clayton Kennedy. Profondeur et consolation will feature two funeral cantatas by Bach (BWV 106 and 198). Bourgie Hall, Musée des beaux-arts. Feb. 22, 2 pm. www.sallebourgie.ca
- Justin Bernard

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