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DATE: Sunday, February 14, 2021

Performed without public
Louis-Fréchette Hall – Grand Théâtre de Québec

Duration: 1 h 30, without intermission

The Opéra de Québec unveils its Winter 2021 programming!

The Opéra de Québec unveils its Winter 2021 programming! In order to chase away the winter gloom and celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Québec lyric institution will present a gala entitled « L’Amour à l’opéra, ou Les mots / maux d’amour ». This event will be held on Sunday, February 14, at 3 PM, in the Louis-Fréchette Hall of the Grand Théâtre de Québec. Given the current sanitary measures currently in force, this Gala will be broadcast without public. It will be accessible free of charge, and livestreamed on the Opéra de Québec’s website and YouTube channel.


On this occasion, 8 young lyric artists from Québec with a vibrant career ahead of them will be united on the Grand Théâtre de Québec stage. Accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Québec under the direction of renowned Quebec conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, they will sing some of the most beautiful opera arias on the topic of love. A universal and ubiquitous concept pervading numerous musical works, love in opera takes many forms: redemptive, ideal, passionate, betrayed, forbidden, thwarted, unrequited… This powerful and timeless theme has proved to be, for countless composers, an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

The Opéra de Québec thus wishes to take a fresh look at this multifaceted theme, which is often discussed but each time encountered anew with fascination and wonderment. This event will provide a wonderful opportunity to applaud the remarkable talent of these young artists, whose vocal abilities, dramatic sense and mastery of a vast repertoire are sure to delight music lovers.

On the program: arias from German, Italian, Russian and French operas written by Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Bizet and Gounod.


LISTEN : interview with Opéra de Québec’s Artistic Director, Jean-François Lapointe:




▪️ Ouverture (Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Rossini) : Orchestre symphonique de Québec
▪️ Duo Papageno / Papagena” (The Magic Flute – Mozart) : Dominique Côté and Suzanne Taffot
▪️ “Una voce poco fa” (Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Rossini) : Sarah Bissonnette
▪️ “Là ci darem la mano” (Don Giovanni – Mozart) : Jessica Latouche and Hugo Laporte
▪️ “O mio babbino caro” (Gianni Schicchi – Puccini) : Suzanne Taffot
▪️ “Bella siccome un angelo” (Don Pasquale – Donizetti) : Dominique Côté
▪️ “Ecco : respiro appena” (Adriana Lecouvreur – Cilea) : France Bellemare
▪️ “Kuda, kuda, vi udalilis” (Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky) : Matthew Dalen
▪️ “Ya vas lyublyu” (The Queen of Spades – Tchaikovsky) : Hugo Laporte
▪️ “Barcarolle” (Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Offenbach) : Suzanne Taffot and Sarah Bissonnette
▪️ “Comme autrefois” (Les Pêcheurs de perles – Bizet) : Carole-Anne Roussel
▪️ “Parle-moi de ma mère!” (Carmen – Bizet) : Matthew Dalen and France Bellemare


Sarah Bissonnette

Suzanne Taffot

Hugo Laporte

Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Orchestre symphonique de Québec

Martin Perreault
Master of ceremony