âWhether you're an opera aficionado or a newbie, Opera de Montreal has put everything into place to please you. Legit. Upgrading to FIVE operas (instead of four), they've managed to combine must-sees, classics of the repertoire and a WORLD PREMIERE, all into different bundles to match any type of opera goer - and any budget! It doesn't get more Rock'n'Roll than this.
Why should you see it? These two pieces are cornerstones in the operatic world. Crowd-pleasers, they are among the most popular operas, constantly being performed around the world.
But I've already seen it... They're classics for a reason. It's like watching a movie again and again. Even though you practically know it by heart, you still watch it because it's heart-warming and you know it won't fail you. Also, they are both productions created by Opera de Montreal, so unless you have seen them in a previous season, you haven't seen these interpretations before.
Is it a good choice for a first time? Definitely! If you were to only go to one performance this season, choose between these two. After that, whenever opera pops up in a discussion, you'll casually be like "Yeah, I've seen La Boheme and/or Aida. Its very dramatic." Everyone will know what you're talking about, you'll fit right in. Plus, it sounds super fancy.
By the way! France Bellemare will sing her first leading role with the Opera de Montreal as Mimi in La Boheme. She is currently one of the resident artists of the Atelier Lyrique and we could not be more proud of her!!
THE CLASSICS OF THE REPERTOIRE
Why should you see it? If you've somewhat lost faith in humanity, go see Don Giovanni. Plus, it's a primarily all Canadian cast, so yay! Dialogue des Carmelites is not a doomed love story and is sung in French, so its a nice change from the usual. This is also a brand new production!
But I've already seen it... I've personally seen Don Giovanni at least 3 times, and I find that each time is different. Honest! On the other hand, it is played so often that skipping this one time seems reasonable. As for Dialogue des Carmelites, since it is not presented as often, I wouldn't miss this chance! Plus, like I've mentioned, its a brand new production. You'll be able to compare it with the one who previously saw!
Is it a good choice for a first time? I'd go for Don Giovanni before Dialogue des Carmelites. The story is more familiar and it is musically easier to follow. However, if you want to be an opera hipster, Poulenc's opera is less mainstream.
By the way! We often talk of the opera singers, but there are so many more people working in an opera! For instance, Don Giovanni will be the company debut of conductor Jordan de Souza. He's practically the definition of a rising star, having contracts with the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada.
THE WORLD PREMIERE
Another Brick in the Wall - The Opera
I wanna go, but how do I get tickets?
ï»¿Opera de Montreal truly thought this through. They've come up with different bundles that will match you and your wallet. Find the one that fits you best!
If you absolutely want to see The Wall, there is a pre-sale until March 20th 2016! Buy now here!
Lets hear from you! What do you think of Opera de Montreal 2016-2017 Season?
I am passionate about opera. I choose to see the best in the things around me. I make the most out of every situation. I am an enthusiast. I don't pretend to be a critic, and I certainly am no snob. These are my thoughts, highly influenced by too many high note vibrations and good wine.