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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

This Week in Montreal : May 18-24

Soprano Marianne Fiset

20th anniversary of the FMCM – March 12-June 21 2015
The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Festival de musique de chamber de Montréal takes off this spring with the Celebrity Series, beginning in March with the Swingle Singers and continuing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (April 2) and the Emerson String Quartet (May 12). The Elegance Classique and JazzTD Series will take place from June 6-21. Soprano Marie-Josée Lord, spokeswoman for the festival, will perform her show Femmes, paying tribute to the great sopranos of the twentieth century. Developed by Denis Brott, the festival programming embodies a spirit of celebration, resilience and hope. This year’s festival will take place in various concert halls. RB

Put's Silent Night (Montreal Premiere)
The 70th anniversary of the end of WWII has been a boom for American composer Kevin Put and librettist Mark Campbells’ 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, based on the true story of the impromptu truce during Christmas 1914 (WWI). Last November, Calgary Opera staged it, and now it’s Opera de Montreal’s turn in an all-star, all-Canadian singing cast including Marianne Fiset, Joseph Kaiser, Philip Addis, Daniel Okulitch, and Alexander Hajek. American conductor Michael Christie leads the Orchestre Métropolitain, and staging is provided by American Eric Simonson. May 16, 19, 21, 23, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. WKC

Musica Camerata – The Mendelssohn Octet
For the first time in its history, Musica Camerata, in collaboration with young up-and-coming musicians, will perform Mendelssohn’s String Octet, one of the culminating works of the great composer. The program Homage to Mendelssohn will begin with his fourth piano quartet and the String Trio Op. 2. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, May 23, 4:00 pm. RB

Mathieu Lussier, Les Violons du Roy
Mathieu Lussier conducts the Violons du Roy in André Grétry's opéra-comique Zémire et Azor, Beauty and the Beast. With stage direction by legendary filmmaker Denys Arcand, soloists include Florie Valiquette and Jean-Michel Richer. May 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Maison symphonique.

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