OPERA takes the spotlight in Saint-Eustache this July !


A Remarkable 14th Edition: FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache Sets the Stage Ablaze this July 6th to the 9th 2023 !

Leila-Marie Chalfoun, Soprano President, Director, and Founder of FestivalOpéraSteustache.com presents a captivating program for the festival’s 14th edition that promises to evoke a multitude of emotions through prestigious artists, moments of reflection, and delightful surprises.


SAINT-EUSTACHE, – The highly anticipated 14th edition of the FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache is finally here, and it promises to be an exceptional experience for all attendees. Under the visionary leadership of Leila-Marie Chalfoun, the festival’s President, Director, and Founder, an unforgettable journey awaits, filled with revered artists, moments of contemplation, and enchanting surprises.


The festival kicks off with a moment of solemnity as it pays homage to the unforgettable Requiem composed by the illustrious Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Last September, audiences were enthralled by the awe-inspiring performance of the Requiem by the Orchestra and Choir, led by the renowned conductor, Marc Trautmann. Renowned for his brilliance both in opera and on international concert stages, Trautmann’s extraordinary talent will once again be showcased.

This mesmerizing performance, dedicated to the children who tragically lost their lives at the Sainte-Rose Educational Daycare, including the young Maëva, will take place on Thursday, July 6th at 8 PM in the church of Saint-Eustache.

Soloists, Soprano Holly Chaplin, Mezzo Laure Vermeulin, Tenor Emmanuel Hasler, Bass Maxime Martin-Vo, the Champlain Chamber Choir, and the FOSE (FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache) will grace the stage, along with the exceptional Pianist Serhiy Salov on the organ.



The festivities continue on Friday, July 7th at 8 PM, as the renowned and virtuoso pianist, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, takes center stage at the intimate and enchanting La petite église Cabaret Spectacle concert hall.

Sylvestre, a recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious first prize from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Concertino Praga International Competition, will enchant the audience with a program dedicated to opera.

Prepare to be mesmerized by Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Puccini’s Turandot, Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, as well as enchanting compositions by Chopin and Mozart.



In an unprecedented event at the FOSE, the grand and celebrated singer, Giorgia Fumanti, will grace the stage on Saturday, July 8th at 8 PM. in the little church of Saint-Eustache.

Fumanti, whose debut album “EMI From My Heart” reached the top 20 of the Billboard Crossover Chart, will enthrall the audience with her concert entitled “Mystic… the Voice of an Angel.”



Staying true to the festival’s mission of nurturing emerging opera talent, the Grand Free Concert of the Young Ambassadors of Opera in Canada will take place on Sunday, July 9th at 2:30 PM.

Hosted by the City of Saint-Eustache, under the honorary presidency of the Caisse Desjardins de Saint-Eustache Deux-Montagnes, this remarkable event will unfold in the enchanting gardens of Manoir Globensky.

The concert will showcase the young talents of the Canadian and Quebec opera scene, featuring soprano Élisabeth St-Gelais, mezzo Klara Martel-Laroche, tenor Louis-Charles Gagnon, Alex Mathews Baritone and Dana Nigrim on the piano.

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Renowned Musicologist Daniel Turp Takes the Helm as General Director of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 (L20)

Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 (L20) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. Daniel Turp as the new General Director.

Mr. Jimmy Miron, President of the Board of Directors, welcomes his arrival, stating, “With his profound knowledge of the Quebec, Canadian, and international lyrical scene, and his unwavering commitment to promoting operatic art, there is no doubt that Mr. Turp is the perfect candidate to lead L20 and continue the mission of this institution established in 1976 by tenor Alain Nonat, who will continue to serve as the Artistic Director of the organization.


Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 (L20) proudly announces the appointment of Mr. Daniel Turp as the new General Director, ushering in a new era for the esteemed organization.

With his extensive knowledge of the Quebec, Canadian, and international opera landscape, Mr. Turp is poised to propel L20 to new heights and further its mission. Founded in 1976 by the renowned tenor Alain Nonat, who will continue to lead as Artistic Director, L20 has become a pillar of the opera community, nurturing young talent and fostering artistic excellence.


• Beste Kalender, mezzo-soprano • Matthew Dalen, tenor • Caroline Gélinas, mezzo-soprano

Photo credits: André Chevrier

Mr. Jimmy Miron, President of the Board of Directors, expressed his enthusiasm for Mr. Turp’s appointment, highlighting the invaluable contribution he will make to the organization.

Daniel Turp’s inclusion in the Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 team will allow us to build upon the remarkable work accomplished thus far, particularly in strengthening the Young Ambassadors of Opera program. This program has provided laureates with invaluable training through internships offered by international opera institutions, participation in international competitions, and engagements with opera companies worldwide. I have full confidence in our new General Director’s ability to ensure the program’s sustainability,” added Artistic Director Alain Nonat.

Artistic Director Alain Nonat with Leila-Marie Chalfoun


Notably, Daniel Turp holds a degree in musicology from the Faculty of Music at the University of Montreal. A longtime opera enthusiast, he is the founder of the Observatoire québécois d’art lyrique, which publishes the Revue québécoise d’art lyrique and disseminates the Bulletin québécois d’art lyrique. He also established the Réunion des opéras du Québec (ROQ) and is currently preparing the États généraux de l’opéra au Québec under its auspices. From December 17, 2020, to June 30, 2023, he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Opéra de Québec, its festival, and foundation. Mr. Turp has held positions as a Member of Parliament and at the National Assembly of Quebec, where he served as Vice-President of the Culture Commission. He is an emeritus professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal.

Expressing his gratitude to the Board of Directors for their trust, Mr. Turp pledged his full commitment to his new role, including spearheading philanthropic development within the organization. He plans to lead a strategic planning exercise to provide Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 and its Young Ambassadors of Opera Program with a clear roadmap and direction for the years 2024 to 2026.

Mr. Turp emphasized, “It is with great pride that I undertake this new mandate. Together with the Artistic Director, the Board of Directors, and in partnership with the cultural, musical, and operatic community, I am determined to realize L20’s ambitious vision.”

About Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 (L20): Established in 1976, Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 (L20) is a renowned institution dedicated to promoting and cultivating excellence in opera. Through its Young Ambassadors of Opera Program, L20 provides emerging opera talents with invaluable training and opportunities for international exposure.

Led by Artistic Director Alain Nonat and newly appointed General Director Daniel Turp, L20 is poised to embark on a thrilling new chapter, striving to realize its grand ambitions and shape the future of opera.


Several of the Young Lyrical Ambassadors will take part in the Festival d’Opéra des Grandes Laurentides-Saint-Eustache this July 9, FESTIVALOPERASTEUSTACHE.COM (information above) , as well as in a recital to be held at the The Haskell Opera House on August 12.

Organized under the aegis of #L20, the Rencontres lyriques internationales lyriques de Montréal will take place on November 23 and 24 and the Gala des Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique will take place next November 25, 2023.

Looking forward to seeing you there !

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