Five shows to see on Mezzo

Five shows to see on Mezzo


Specialty channel Mezzo is unscrambled on most cable services, until the end of December. Videotron subscribers have access until January 18. Here are five interesting proposals in classical music, opera, dance and jazz for the holiday season. 

1. Lakmé, Opéra de Wallonie – Liège 

The Belgian soprano Jodie Devos and the French tenor Philippe Talbot are featured in this French opera by Léo Delibes filmed on September 20, 2022 in Liège, Belgium. Lakmé recounts the unhappy love affairs of an Indian woman and an English officer at the end of the 19th century in India under British domination.

  • December 29 (8 p.m.); January 3 (midnight), 5 (7:15 a.m.) and January 6 (3 p.m.) 

2. Don Giovanni, Staatsoper Berlin

Composed by Mozart, Don Giovanni is considered one of the greatest operas of all time. This production, with German baritone Michael Volle as the seducer and Slovak soprano Slávka Zámečníková as Donna Anna, was filmed on April 17, 2022 at the Staatsoper Unter Den Linden in Berlin.

  • December 30 (3 p.m.) 

3. Handel's Messiah , Coventry Cathedral

Huge work and monument of sacred music, Handel's Messiah, filmed on November 24 at St. Michael's Cathedral in Coventry in England, features the baroque formation The English Concert under the direction of John Nelson, a choir and the presence of four singers.

  • December 29 (7:15 a.m.), 1 p.m. (1 a.m.), 2 p.m. (9:55 p.m.) and January 17 (5:20 p.m.) 

4. The Nutcracker, San Francisco Ballet

The San Francisco Ballet performs this work by Tchaikovsky, a classic from the time of the Fêtes, in a choreography by Helgi Tomasson. This performance, filmed January 1, 2007, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, stars Elizabeth Powell as Clara.

  • Les 2 (3 p.m.) , 3 (8 p.m.), 4 (midnight), 6 (7 a.m.) and January 15 (12:30 p.m.)

5. Avishaï Cohen, Le New Morning, Paris

The excellent Israeli trumpeter Avishaï Cohen, accompanied by guitarist Yonatan Albalak, bassist Uzi Ramirez and drummers Ziv Ravitz and Aviv Cohen merge rock, music psychedelic, groove, jazz and electronic music, during this concert recorded on May 29, 2019 at the New Morning club in Paris.

  • December 30 (6 p.m.)