October 16, 2012 ─ Take me to the Opéra de Montréal!
If you have a hankering for an evening of love, death and ghosts, then Wagner’s Flying Dutchman is just the ticket. Or perhaps you’d rather hang out with Strauss and Die Fledermaus, whose principal character is duped by his own wife in drag at a ball, and of course everything is chalked up to an excess of champagne! But if the classics are not quite your thing, then how about a special relationship between a nun and a prisoner on death row? Dead Man Walking is based on the book of the same name, and surely you’ve seen the film version with Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. These are only a few of the riveting operas coming up at Montréal’s Place des Arts.
Nothing beats the ballet, especially Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
Ballet can take you to the moon and back with Kaguyahime (“moon princess”), a Japanese contemporary ballet based on a 10th-century folk tale about Princess Kaguya. Her beauty makes all the boys come around, including the Emperor, but she refuses all advances and proposals to return to her lunar world. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens are also keeping things classy this December with the traditional family-friendly ballet The Nutcracker. While in February, you can catch a less innocent story of concubines and betrayal with Raise the Red Lantern, performed by the National Ballet of China. In April, ballet is reinvented with Love Lies Bleeding where sex, excess, love, poetry and glamour are all spotlighted on the stage. Playing out like a music video, this ballet follows the life of a gay, drugged-up and fabulously famous rock star. It’s an over-the-top spectacle set to the songs of British pop star Elton John that you won’t want to miss. With these shows and more, ballet in Montréal will never look the same again!
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal takes symphony to a new level
Take a little Haydn, add a bit of Beethoven and then mix in some DJ Champion? You heard that right, on November 14 the OSM’s conductor, Kent Nagano, will be presenting this contemporary symphonic conception that mixes piano and turntables, and the classics with the new electronic genre of one of Montréal’s star DJs, to give us an envelope-pushing concert entitled Military Marches. In February, Czech composer Antonín Dvorák’s New World Symphony is paired with imagery (visual projections) to illustrate the historical context of the piece. It’s a symphony, cinema and history lesson all in one! Then at the end of May be sure to watch as Kent Nagano conducts a captivating Joan of Arc at the Stake using an impressive cast of vocal soloists, two actors and a chorus of 150 to perform this large-scale dramatic version of the life and fate of the famous medieval heroine. With all these exciting shows, who could possibly fall asleep?