Québec awakens to the art of opera!

Festival-goers are invited to discover the fascinating world of La vie parisienne’s director Jean-Romain Vesperini, a dazzling performance with Isabelle Cals and Frédéric Antoun, a Carmen suite imagined by writer France Ducasse, the children’s play Le vilain petit canard and many free outdoor performances.

La vie parisienne

Louis-Fréchette Hall at the Grand Théâtre de Québec

August 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
August 4th at 2 p.m.

La vie parisienne is the highlight of the Festival d’opéra de Québec 2024. It’s a joyful and festive work featuring a host of delightful characters interpreted by artists who left their mark on the last edition of the Festival, local singers we cherish, irresistible young talents and solid international stars. Pure delight! With OSQ, Opéra de Québec Chorus and dancers.

Grand concert of the Festival – from Gluck to Berlioz

Raoul-Jobin Hall at the Palais Montcalm

July 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Festival-goers are invited on a delightful musical journey, with a program featuring composers from Gluck to Berlioz who laid the foundations of the French style. Under the direction of Nicolas Ellis, soprano Isabelle Cals and tenor Frédéric Antoun, accompanied by Les Violons du Roy, will offer you a selection of well-known arias and others yet to be discovered.

Épitaphe pour Carmen et son assassin (Epitaph for Carmen and her assassin)

Théâtre Périscope

July 31st and August 1st at 7:30 p.m.
August 3rd at 2 p.m.

Inspired by Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, Quebec writer France Ducasse’s Épitaphe pour Carmen et son assassin is a sequel to the famous opera, and is presented as a long, intimate monologue delivered by actress Marie-Ginette Guay, who gives a voice to the complex and moving figure of Don José’s mother.

La voix humaine

Night and other melodies

Théâtre La bordée

July 26th at 7:30 p.m.
July 28th at 2 p.m.

This year’s co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Canada presents a double program in which comedy gives way to human drama. Innu soprano Elisabeth St-Gelais sings Poulenc’s La voix humaine. In the first part, baritone Olivier Bergeron presents a selection of French melodies, where lightness contrasts with the lyrical tragedy of the second part.

Le vilain petit canard (The Ugly Duckling)

A grand premiere

Henri-Gagnon Hall at Laval University

July 29th and 31st and August 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

With this lyrical adaptation of Andersen’s famous fairy tale, festival-goers of all ages will fall under the spell of this eulogy to difference. With a cast featuring the crème de la crème of up-and-coming opera stars, Le vilain petit canard is an excellent introduction to opera through the door of the wonderful world of fairy tales.

Free outdoor activities

In Quebec city

The Festival d’opéra de Québec, with its prestigious productions and renowned artists, would not be complete without its outdoor programming. The Brigade opéra (Opera Brigade) and the Brigade Opérette (Operetta Brigade) will visit parks in various boroughs of Quebec City, offering a unique, up-close experience for spectators. With the Circuit opéra and its five stations featuring opera artists, musicians and performers, the offer is complete and dense.

A taste of the festival

From July 24
to August 4, 2024

With its 12th edition, the Festival d’opéra de Québec continues its mission to promote opera in French. Its program will bring you the sweetness of a summer night, the beauty of the nightingale’s song and the subtle thrill of love!

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