Season 18-19

Performed on October 20, 23, 25 and 27, 2018

Massenet’s Werther

Happening in the 1780s, the scene opens with Christmas carols sung by the children of the Bailli of Wetzlar in the middle of July and concludes on Christmas Eve. Since the death of their mother, the eldest, Charlotte, has been in charge of her siblings. Moved by this idyllic scene and the goodness of the young girl, the poet Werther becomes in love with her: yet, she promised her dying mother to unite with Albert and cannot renounce her promise. Werther is burdened with sorrow. Shaken by the young man’s despair, Charlotte rereads the letters Werther sent her and realizes that she loves him in return. Caught in a sudden premonition, she goes in search of him and finds him fatally wounded. She confesses her love to him and he dies in her arms while the Christmas carols sound in the distance.

Original French version with French surtitles.


Werther | Antoine Bélanger 
Charlotte | Julie Boulianne
Albert | Hugo Laporte, baryton 
Sophie | Magali Simard-Galdès 
Le Bailli | Marcel Beaulieu 
Schmidt | Eric Thériault 
Johann | Dion Mazerolle 
Brühlmann | Dominique Gagné 
Kätchen | Andréanne Guay 

Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Choir of the Opéra de Québec

Project Masters

Musical Direction | Jean-Marie Zeitouni 
Musical direction assistance | Jean-Michel Malouf 
Staging | Bruno Ravella 
Decorations and costumes | Leslie Travers 
Lights | Linus Fellbom 

Performed on May 11, 14, 16 and 18, 2018

Verdi’s Nabucco

The action takes place in 586 BC. Nabucco, king of Babylon, triumphed over the Hebrews. By contrast, Zaccaria, the high priest of the Hebrews, holds Fenena, the daughter of Nabucco, hostage, whom he threatens to kill. Ismaël, the nephew of the king of Jerusalem, has custody of them: and the two young men are madly in love. Abigail, the alleged daughter of Nabucco and also in love with Ismaël, comes and discovers their idyll. Learning soon after that she was in fact a slave, Abigail wants revenge on Nabucco and her rival Fenena. She becomes Queen of Babylon through ingenious subterfuges, imprisoning Nabucco, who watches helplessly her triumph. But! Coup de theâtre! Nabucco’s guards come to liberate him and, when the Jewish people are about to be massacred, he orders his release. Abigail dies poisoned, confessing her crimes.

Original Italian version with French surtitles


Nabucco | James Westman, baritone
Ismaël | Steeve Michaud, tenor
Zaccaria |  Giovanni Battista Parodi, bass
Abigaïlle | Michele Capalbo, soprano 
Fenena | Geneviève Lévesque, mezzo-soprano 
High Priest of Belos | Alain Coulombe, bass
Abdallo | Jonathan Gagné, tenor 
Anna | Jessica Latouche, soprano 

Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Choir of the Opéra de Québec

Project Masters

Musical Direction | Giuseppe Grazioli 
Staging and decor | Michael Cavanagh 
Costumes | Judith Fortin 
Lights | Serge Gingras 
Makeup | Élène Pearson