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Shannon Bouchard

My mom got me started with flute lessons at the ripe old age of 3. I was so young that my teacher had me practice for a while on a piece of PVC pipe adorned with colourful band-aids and stickers before she would let me anywhere near an actual instrument. My childhood was a whirlwind…

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Rock on Dude

Winner of Best Foreign Short Film at Chicago’s Reel Shorts Film Festival, Light Opera of Montreal’s first film venture, featuring original songs, deals with prejudice and ageism. Just beginning our tour of festivals around the world, this high quality union film is both funny and dramatic as it delves into the lives of a stolid…

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Graeme

Lucia di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Libretto: Salvadore Cammarano, based on “The Bride of Lammermoor” by Sir Walter Scott It is interesting to note that when Lucia di Lammermoor was premiered at the San Carlo in Naples in 1835, the star billing was in fact accorded to the tenor… Gilbert Duprez in this case (creator of…

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Champion (L”Opera de Montreal)

Champion (L”Opera de Montreal) was not quite the winner, baby. Granted, it’s not the complete and untter catastophie of JFK, and it did have some “brief shining moments”, but not a knockout. Premiered and directed by Opera Theatre of St. Louis, James Robinson, they will be doing Terrence Blanchard’s second opera “Fire Shut Up in…

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Rigoletto

Can you believe I’d never seen Rigoletto? Opéra de Montréal premiered Michael Cavanagh-directed lavish production of this Verdi opera (I LOVED IT) and when i say lavish it’all about the hats and voices and extreme sets. Michael (we met him and chatted) also gave an intimacy to various relationships, very rare in grand opera, it…

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