A Tale of Artistic Passion and Emotion: Puccini’s La Bohème Enchants Montreal’s Music Scene this Sunday !

This Sunday, July 30th at 1:30 PM, Montreal’s downtown will be set ablaze with artistic fervor as the much-awaited Festival d’art vocal de Montréal debuts its grand presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, La Bohème to be held at Pierre-Mercure Hall, broadcasted by the Montreal Vocal Art Festival in partnership with La Boussole des Arts and the Canadian Institute of Vocal Art (ICAV).

ICAV is an internationally renowned opera program dedicated to the development of lyrical careers.”

Prepare to be mesmerized by this enchanting opera, directed by the talented duo Marc Hervieux and François Racine (below).

This unique rendition promises to be an unforgettable experience, blending romance, humor, and tragedy into a seamless symphony of emotions.


La Bohème” is an opera by Giacomo Puccini, set in 19th-century Paris. The story revolves around a group of struggling artists, including the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi. They experience the joys and hardships of bohemian life, love, and friendship.

Amidst poverty and illness, their passionate relationships are tested, leading to heartbreak and poignant moments of beauty.

Puccini’s masterpiece captures the essence of youth, love, and the bittersweet realities of life in a captivating and emotionally charged narrative.

La bohème is a big party! 70 artists will be on stage, and this year it will be brought to life by Le Choeur de la Montagne and Les Jeunes Voix du Coeur, under the direction of Catherine LeSaunier and Bruno Dufresne.

A Symphony of Talent and Philanthropy:
Thanks to an extraordinary donation from Initiatives Vanda Treiser, the Orchestre classique de Montréal and the Chœur de la Montagne will unite, accompanied by rising opera stars from around the world. Talent from New Zealand, Australia, the United States, England, and the local scene will share the spotlight under the brilliant baton of French conductor Victorien Vanoosten. With experiences including assistantship to maestro Daniel Barenboim and principal conductorship at DEMOS, Vanoosten’s expertise ensures an unparalleled musical experience.

The artistic co-directors of the Festival d’art vocal de Montréal and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, baryton Étienne Dupuis and wife soprano Nicole Car, have diligently scouted and handpicked the most promising young opera singers. Supported by an experienced team, these rising stars are ready to ignite the stage with their passion and prowess.

New Horizons and Promising Voices:

Complete Cast :

Zachary McCulloch (New Zealand) – Rodolfo
Sydney Baedke (Canada) – Mimi
Jeayon Kim (Korea) – Musetta
Mikelis Rogers (Canada-Lithuania) – Marcello
Jake Bigwood (Australia) – Colline
Brunoy Roy (Canada) – Schaunard
Theodore McAllindon (UK) – Alcindoro/Benoit
Thomas Vinals (Canada) – Parpignol

Kelsey Ronn as Mimi and Eduardo Belmonte as Rodolfo during dress rehearsal for the Mediation pre-concert to be held July 28th

A Date with Destiny:

Don’t miss your chance to witness this splendid operatic event this July 30, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. in the splendid Salle Pierre-Mercure at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau!

La Bohème will take you on a journey of love, laughter, and heartache as Puccini’s timeless tale captivate your senses and sweep you off your feet!

“LA BOHÈME” by Puccini – July 30th at 1:30 pm


Canadian soprano Sydney Baedke as Mimi

Austria based tenor Zachary McCulloch as Rodolfo

Directed by: Marc Hervieux and François Racine

Conductor: Victorien Vanoosten

*** Piano: Dominic Boulianne for the Mediation show on July 28th

Singers from the Canadian Institute of Vocal Art (Canada, Australia, England, United States, Mexico)

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