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Back to school 2022: 15 classical concerts and operas for your ears and your eyes

Cultural season 2022: 15 classical concerts and operas for your ears and eyes


Il Trovatore

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

The Opéra de Québec will open its season with the Opéra Bouffe Don Pasqualeby Donizetti, whose production had been canceled in 2020. Director Jean-Sébastien Ouellette will set the action in an imagined sixties in order to reflect the comedy of Ruffini's libretto and the wind of feminism that the work addresses.  

The Firebird 

The remarkable violinist Kerson Leong will perform on his Guarneri del Gesù the 1919 suite of Stravinsky's famous Firebird. The direction of the concert, which will open with Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy, will be entrusted to the young Canadian conductor Jordan de Souza. Leong will also reveal his virtuosity on Lalo's flamboyant Spanish Symphony. Ringelspiel, by Canadian Ana Sokolovic, is also on the program.

The return of Kent Nagano with Mozart and Schubert

Kent Nagano

The conductor emeritus will return to the Maison symphonique with a repertoire who is dear to him. He will first conduct the jovial Symphony no 3 by Schubert, composed at the age of 18. Then it will be all in Mozart with the Symphony no41, known as “Jupiter” and the motet Exsultate, jubilate with soprano Jane Archibald.

Les Cowboys Fringants as an encore 

This is a great opportunity to see the popular Quebec group with the OSM if you missed the performances of the 2018-2019 season when they sold out six times. With Simon Leclerc on arrangements, the encounter between classical and popular music promises an exciting evening. 

Carmina Burana

Carmina Buranaby Carl Orff promises powerful moments with the fiery conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni who will conduct the famous cantata. We will find the solo voices Tracy Dahl, Benjamin Butterfield and James Westman and the choral portion will be provided by the Maîtrise des petits chanters de Québec and the OSQ Choir. As an opener: Prokofiev's symphonic suite, Love for Three Oranges

The Beauty of the World

The highly anticipated opera The Beauty of the Worldwill finally be presented. This original Quebec creation, signed by playwright Michel Marc Bouchard and composer Julien Bilodeau, immerses the viewer in the Second World War when France has just suffered a defeat against the German army. The booklet is inspired by a real event, the historic and clandestine rescue of the works of the Louvre during this period, and tends to highlight the importance of art in our lives. 

Verdi's Requiem

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