Festival d'opéra 2013
Opera everywhere and for everyone
Québec, Tuesday April 30, 2013 – This morning at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, Gaston Déry, President of the Opéra de Québec and Vice-President, Sustainable Development at Roche Ltd. Consulting Group, along with Grégoire Legendre, General and Artistic Director of the Opéra de Québec, unveiled the line-up for the third edition of the Festival d'opéra de Québec which will take place from July 24 to August 5.
The 2013 program further demonstrates the desire of the Opéra de Québec to celebrate every possible expression of opera for all types of audiences by presenting both more traditional and not so traditional activities.
A spectacular presentation: La Damnation de Faust
Having already demonstrated the ability to attract major international productions in the past, the Festival d'opéra will present La Damnation de Faust, which was a success in New York, Paris and Tokyo. This collaboration with Ex Machina, staged by Robert Lepage and directed by Giuseppe Grazioli, will be performed on July 25 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (2:00 p.m.), 29 and 31 (8:00 p.m.) in the Louis-Fréchette Hall at the Grand Théâtre de Québec. An all-Canadian cast will be featured with the magnificent mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne (Marguerite), the tenor Gordon Gietz (Faust), the bass-baritone Alexandre Sylvestre (Brander) and the bass John Relyea (Mephistopheles) who reprises the role he played successfully at the MET.
With the Choeur de l'Opéra de Québec and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Original French Version
Powder Her Face : A biting, funny and touching fantaisie
The second major summer production is the first opera by Thomas Adès, who bowled us over last year with The Tempest. Presented at the Capitole de Québec on August 1, 3 and 5 at 8:00 p.m., Powder Her Face is the fascinating story about the decadent antics of the woman who became known as the "Dirty Duchess", a half-comic, half-tragic character who caused a scandal during the 1960s in England. In Jay Scheib's almost irreverent staging and directed by Jonathan Stockhammer, the opera comes to us directly from the New York City Opera where it was staged last winter with the same cast, including the mezzo-soprano Allison Cook in the lead role, the soprano Nili Riemer, the tenor William Ferguson and the bass Matt Boehler.
Original English Version with English Surtitles
Opera in non-traditional formats
Since the Festival d'opéra is an ideal opportunity to reinvent the opera genre, the 2013 edition will stand out for an association with the Grands Feux Loto-Québec whose opening festivities will combine excerpts of well-known operas with a display of fireworks. The activity is free on top of being visible from both shores of the Saint Lawrence and will take place at the Vieux-port of Québec on Saturday August 3, at 10:30 p.m. La Brigade lyrique will welcome people to the Vieux-port of Québec beginning at 10:00 p.m.
The next day, August 4 at 8:00 p.m., a trio composed of the Ensemble Quartango, the soprano Marie-Josée Lord and the Argentine dancers Roxana and Fabian Belmonte will meet at the Capitole de Québec to present an impressive performance combining the heat and sensuality of the tango with the depth of the opera.
As well, also new this year, Vincent Karche from France will import his European concept that combines outdoor hikes and vocal performances: the Randolyriques. A university professor, forest engineer, naturalised Huron and tenor who has performed on the most prestigious stages in Europe, the fascinating Vincent Karche was able to combine his passion for singing and for nature. The Randolyriques will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 24, 25, 27 and 28 on the Plains of Abraham, as well as on July 30, 31 and August 2, 3 at the Huron site of Tsonontwan.
Festival-goers are invited to the Apéro-concert: Paris en scène, as part of the Musée de la civilisation's exhibition entitled "Paris en scène 1889-1914" at the Chapelle at the Musée de l'Amérique francophone, July 28, 29 and 30 at 4:00 p.m. It will be the perfect opportunity to have a drink while the soprano Sylvie Malenfant and the tenor Marc Duguay entertain with songs from the Belle Epoque repertoire.
La Brigade lyrique and Music Al Fresco
For the third consecutive year, outdoor concerts throughout Québec City will be on the agenda this summer. Coproduced with the Société du Palais Montcalm and in collaboration with the Mesure Première Ovation, the Brigade lyrique will visit the main public spaces and parks in Québec City to give special performances at no cost from July 24 to 28 and from July 31 to August 4 at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The brigade will include Judith Bouchard, Marie-Michèle Roberge, Keven Geddes and Dominique Veilleux.
And last but not least, the Music Al Fresco series will take place in the municipalities of Sainte-Foy and Beauport on Tuesday July 30, first at 12:00 p.m. at the Maison Hamel-Bruneau, and then at 7:30 p.m. at the Saint-Louis-de-Courville church.
All of the program details and the schedule of events are available at www.festivaloperaquebec.com. Tickets are available at the Opéra de Québec ticket office at 418 529-0688 or 1 877 643-8131.