November 11, 2013 – If you like the idea of globetrotting from comfort of a plush seat, surrounded by sumptuous voices, finery, and dashes of drama, then book tickets for the Opéra de Montréal. The largest francophone opera company in North America, and among this 15 most important on the continent, the OdM takes you on a thrilling world tour with its 2013-14 calendar.
Discover middle-class life of Elizabethan England with Falstaff, Verdi’s final work, based on Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, which features acclaimed Québec contralto, Marie-Nicole Lemieux. The OdM is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth this year, and its 18th Le Gala on December 1 pays tribute to the opera giant with excepts from rarities and hits.
Next, down to Catfish Row in South Carolina, with Porgy and Bess by Gershwin. The Montréal Jubilation Choir joins the cast of the OdM, which features Québec’s star soprano Marie-Josée Lord for a knockout evening you won’t want to miss.
After that, it’s around the world to China with Turandot, Puccini’s most lavish and last opera, where a prince tries to win the love of an ice-hearted princess by solving three riddles.
You can even step into the land of fairytales, with Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. This childhood classic will be presented in collaboration with the National Circus School and the National Theatre School of Canada, and promises colourful entertainment at its best.