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Our 2022–2023 season was actually devised by Jean-François Lapointe at the start of his tenure as general and artistic director but was then put on hold due to the pandemic. Subscribe to experience all the comedy and drama of two great Italian operas hand-picked just for you, with productions as fresh as they are moving.

Don Pasquale

Salle Louis-Fréchette
October 22, 25, and 27, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday October 29, 2022, at 2 p.m.

Start off the season with the delights of Donizetti in Don Pasquale, a three-act opera that premiered on January 3, 1843. The opera reflects the traditions of opera buffa, with stock characters derived from commedia dell’arte. Director Jean-Sébastien Ouellete (Dom Juan, Le cas Joé Ferguson, La robe de Gulnara) sets the action in a fantasy of the 1960s that fits Giovanni Ruffini’s libretto and its themes like a glove. Prepare to be dazzled!

Madama Butterfly

Salle Louis-Fréchette
May 13, 16, and 18, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday May 20, 2023, 2 p.m.

Who would have thought, given the hostile reception meted out to Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at its Milan premiere in 1904, that it would become one of the world’s most beloved operas? For this production of Madama Butterfly, the company has brought in director François Racine, a long-time Opéra de Québec collaborator. He’s a leading figure of the lyric stage, so expect a production that measures up to the brilliance of Puccini’s score. Whether you’ve new to the work or coming to it as an old friend, this is an experience not to be missed!

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