Carmen – An operatic classic returns to the city after 14
“Free she was born, and free she shall die.”
Saturday, l’Opéra de Montréal opened the curtains on a “made in Quebec
“ version of Georges Bizet’s Carmen – directed by renowned
filmmaker Charles Binamé, a film director best known for his work in
television and cinema.
The opening performance on May 4th
in Place des Arts was the first by Opéra de Montréal in 14 years!
to this 2019 modern production includes a revised dialogue as well as introducing
new musical interludes fashioned by conductor Alain Trudel who directs
the Orchestre Métropolitain.
Binamé directs a
talented young cast of Canadian artists for this four act opera – a beloved
classic of opera repertoire by French composer Georges Bizet that whisks
audience members to the heart of a tobacco factory in Seville. Darkly
shaded sets by Olivier Landreville and a subdued wardrobe conceived by Dominique
Guindon, set the mood for this period piece.
Corporal Don José (tenor
Antoine Bélanger) falls for the fiery and temperamental Carmen (Alberta native mezzo-soprano Krista de Silva) and joins
her band of smugglers. Rejection and jealousy ultimately leads the love-struck
man to commit the irreparable act…
The run is SOLD out forBinamé’s Carmen that will be repeated May 7, 9, 11
and 13 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts.
** Thanks to Monica Wong for her coverage of the show.
Jim Zeller – New album
He is a Blues legend of the Montreal nightlife since the
early 80’s – Tonight, harmonica in hand, Jim Zeller will launch his latest
album: “Blues from Another Planet” at Rosewood
in Old Montreal (60 St- Jacques Street) – Best of all, the concert is FREE and open to the public!
This virtuosic harmonica wizard, best known for his regular performances on St. Denis street, is about to release his 6th album which includes nine original compositions as well as a version of the Ennio Morricone’s classic, The Man with the Harmonica. The album is psychedelic Blues at its best, declared Zeller with a smile.
Age is not a factor for Zeller who is celebrating his 65th
birthday this year. The artist is
planning numerous concerts and working constantly on new pieces.
The new album is coproduced by Zeller along with
engineer/musician Olivier St.Pierre
at Tonebender Studio. Some of Montreal’s finest musicians collaborated on the
album including the brilliant Jimmy
James, Carl Dutremble on guitars, Bingo
Deslauriers on drums and the legendary Marc
Deschenes on bass. Larry Cohen also
performs on the piano on a couple of songs.
For an energetic evening with amazing musicians, come down
to Rosewood this evening and see why
Zeller is setting the Rock Blues world on FIRE!