May 11 (7:00 p.m.), 14, 16 and 18 (8:00 p.m.), 2013
Baronne de Gondremarck
Frick and Prosper
Monique PAGÉ, soprano
Marc HERVIEUX, tenor
Nathalie PAULIN, soprano
Pascale BEAUDIN, soprano
Éric THÉRIAULT, tenor
Hugues SAINT-GELAIS, tenor
Patrick MALLETTE, baritone
Judith BOUCHARD, soprano
Le Chœur de l’Opéra de Québec
L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Original French version with supertitles
La Vie parisienne is Jacques Offenbach’s most exuberant work and has been presented in theaters around the world since 1873! This vaudeville production with split-second timing, based on an extremely efficient libretto, is an operetta that will find favor with audiences of all walks of life!
This is a caricature of Parisian society back when Paris was Paris. This “no-holds-barred” comedy tells the tale of two dandies out to have some fun. They want to recover from an ex-girlfriend who has dumped them, and decide to play a trick on a visiting Swede. Disguises, hoaxes, and mirth all painted on a backdrop of domestic fidelity in the Paris of 1850. Anything for a laugh!
Jean-François RIVEST, Guest Conductor
Public opinion and critical acclaim alike speak with a single voice about the Montréal-based violinist and conductor, Jean-François Rivest: they say that he is a spectacular conductor, extremely energetic, precise and exalting. His discography grows, from year to year, as additional, varied repertoire is added: Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Sibelius, as well as other, contemporaneous works. He has won many prizes and distinctions including the First Prize of the 1976 Concours OSM (as a violinist) and the Felix for the “best orchestral recording” (as a conductor) at the ADISQ Gala in 2001. In addition to his activities as guest conductor throughout Canada, he has conducted in Europe, Mexico, South America and Russia. He is currently Artistic Director and Senior Conductor of the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal and the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra of Ottawa. In 2006, he was named Conductor in residence of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Trained at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Meadowmount (New York), Aspen (Colorado) and the Juilliard School (New York), Jean-François Rivest obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Julliard in only two years. He rapidly became known as one of the best Québec violinists of his generation. From the age of 20, he began an active career as an orchestral musician (he was admitted to the OSM at the age of 21.), chamber musician and soloist and performed in the major cities of Canada and the USA. His discography was already impressive. In 1998, he was awarded one of the rare “Excellence in Education” prizes. He has taught in a number of summer academies, McGill University, the Québec Conservatoire de musique and, since 1992, the Université de Montréal where he is a tenured professor, responsible for the remarkable development of the string section. Jean-François Rivest is also the founder, artistic director, and senior conductor of the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal. He also teaches orchestral conducting and is interested in composition.
Alain GAUTHIER, Stage Director
Alain Gauthier developed his directing skills at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he studied with teachers such as Claude Poissant and Lorraine Pintal. As an apprentice director with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Gauthier confirmed his talents for stage direction. At the Opéra de Montréal, Alain Gauthier also applied his staging expertise to a number of important works of the repertoire, including Suor Angelica, Il Tabarro, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème and Faust. Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi, programed in its 2009-2010 season, was hailed by critics and patrons as one of the most important productions in the company’s history. It received the Opus award for “best show of the year”. Reaction to the show was most enthusiastic and it has been remounted since then at the Calgary Opera as well as at the Cincinnati Opera. Alain Gauthier was also immensely successful in remounting the Glimmerglass Opera production of L’Étoile for the Opéra de Montréal, the Cincinnati Opera, the Austin Lyric Opera, and the New York City Opera. He was also invited back to the Cincinnati Opera to stage his own production of Così fan tutte in a Hollywood version described by critics as “ingenious” and “sparkling.” This season, Alain Gauthier will direct Così fan tutte for the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, Dead Man Walking for the Opéra de Montréal, as well as a semi-staged version of Acis and Galatea for the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.
Marc HERVIEUX, tenor (Baron de Gondremarck)
Ever since he was chosen by Valery Giergiev for a production of La Traviata in St-Petersburg, Marc Hervieux's career has been in continual motion. He has held numerous lead tenor roles: Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Edgar (Lucia di Lammermoor), Romeo (Romeo et Juliette), Rodolfo (La Bohème), the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Chevalier des Grieux (Manon), Alfredo (La Traviata), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore), Cassio (Otello), Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), and Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann). In 2005, he interpreted the role of the Businessman in Starmania (Concert version) with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra. This production was repeated at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, and again at the Festival international d'été de Québec; he opened as a remarkable Cavaradossi in Tosca in Victoria and London (Ontario), in Edmonton as Rodolpho in La Bohème and at the New Israëli Philharmonic as Alfredo in La Traviata under the baton of Zubin Mehta. In the spring of 2006, Marc Hervieux joined the Metropolitan Opera of New York and sang at the Richard Tucker Gala in New York’s Alice Tully Hall. More recently, he obtained resounding success in the role of Luigi in Il Tabarro at the Opéra de Montréal and, here in Québec, as Rodolfo (La Bohème). In 2007, he was Roméo at the Opéra de Montréal and Cavaradossi in Tosca in Calgary, while serving as understudy for Cassio (Otello) at the Met. In May 2008, here in Québec, he created the role of the Businessman in the world première of Starmania opéra, and in March 2009, he revived the role at the Opéra de Montréal’s production. In December 2008, the public applauded his return to the Gala de l’Opéra, and again in May 2009, as Turridu in Cavalleria rusticana; in May 2010, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; in May 2011 as Dr. Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus; in June and July 2012 in the title role of Nelligan, as part of the Second Edition of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec. In the fall of 2009, he launched a CD recording of popular Québec music: “Après nous,” which was followed by a Christmas CD: “Le premier Noël.” His third CD, “Tenor Arias”, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, was awarded the Félix for Album of the year 2010. Marc Hervieux also performs in popular music concerts.
Monique PAGÉ, soprano (Baronne de Gondremarck)
Monique Pagé, a Québec-born soprano, trained at Québec’s Conservatoire de Musique, has performed major roles, including Marguerite (Faust), Mimì (La Bohème), Alcina (Alcina), La Contessa and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Violetta (La Traviata), Micaëla (Carmen), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) for opera companies in Canada (Québec, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montréal, Winnipeg, Opera Lyra Ottawa), and in France (Opéra de Nancy et Lorraine). Also attracted to other musical genres, Monique Pagé has performed with a number of well-known but diversified musical groups such as Les Violons du Roy, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, I Musici, le Studio de Musique Ancienne, l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Chants libres, the lyric creation company. Québec audiences have appreciated her renditions of Marguerite (Faust) in 1997, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) in 2002 and in the role of Nelligan’s mother (Nelligan), to be presented during the 2012 edition of the Festival d’opéra de Québec.
Nathalie PAULIN, soprano (Métella)
Nathalie Paulin is a lead singer who has performed in most of the major Canadian, American and European opera houses. She has been awarded the Dora Mayor Moore Award (Toronto) for her extraordinary performances, and has sung under the direction of respected conductors like Jane Glover, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Antony Walder, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, Jonathan Darlington, Hervé Niquet, David Agler, Richard Bradshaw, Bernard Labadie, Mario Bernardi, Graeme Jenkins, Andrew Litton et Yoav Talmi. She has performed no fewer than 30 roles including Mélisande, Zerlina, Susanna, Despina, Najade, and the title role in la Calisto et Constance. She is also frequently invited to join forces with Opera Atelier, a Toronto based baroque opera company, with which she has sung in Toronto and in the Far East. She has sung lead roles in Chicago (Acis & Galatea, Semele), Dallas (Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Manon, The Cunning Little Vixen), Cincinnati (Le nozze di Figaro) and Halle in Germany (Semele). She has been guest soloist for concerts of symphonic orchestras in Toronto, Montréal, Québec, Vancouver, Victoria, and with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra. In 2003, she received critical acclaim for her interpretation of Ariel in Lee Hoiby's version of The Tempest, in Victoria, and in May 2005, as Manon in the Opéra de Québec's production. She subsequently returned to the Opéra de Montréal as Nadia in The Merry Widow, and continued west to the Vancouver Opera as Leila in Les Pêcheurs de perles at Festival Vancouver. Her schedule shows no sign of slowing, from year to year. During the current season she will hold the roles of La Baronne in la Cour de Célimène, Marcellina in Fidelio and the title role of Rodelinda. She will also sing in Handel's Hercules, Hétu's les Clartés de la nuit and in two oratorios.
Pascale BEAUDIN, soprano (Gabrielle)
Pascal Beaudin began her career with the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal. More recently she has received excellent critical acclaim for her performances as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), always with the Opéra de Montréal. In France, she made her debut at the Opéra de Nantes-Angers, and at the Opéra de Marseille, and will soon be on stage at the Opéra de Metz and the Opéra national de Lorraine. She has also performed with the Festival de musiques sacrées de Marseille, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Société musicale André-Turp, Aux Idées Heureuses, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Pro Musica. Faithful to her Acadian roots, she performs regularly in New Brunswick. She won the auditions for Nouvelles Découvertes and shared Second Place, in the Concours de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Pascale Beaudin has been awarded grants by the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec. She will incarnate Nannetta in Falstaff in May 2012, and will return as Eva in Nelligan, for the Festival d’Opéra de Québec.
Éric THÉRIAULT, tenor (Bobinet)
Originally from New Brunswick, the Acadian tenor, Éric Thériault, is a versatile artist at home on the concert stage and in the opera house. As a trainee with the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer program in 2007, he was awarded the Campbell Wachter Memorial Award. After having obtained his Master’s degree in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he continued his training with grand masters of the Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal, the Vermont International Opera Festival, and the Académie international d’été de Nice. Among other accomplishments, he created the role of Gnyphos in the world première of Lou Harrison’s opera Young Caesar, was tenor soloist for the North American première of Telemann’s oratorio Jauchzet Jubilier und Singe, and he shares an “Opus” prize for his participation in the BachToTango concert concept. Among other recent engagements, he sang the role of Puck, in la Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Camille, in The Merry Widow and Frick in la Vie Parisienne, with the Opéra Bouffe du Québec. During his career, he has sung with varied Canadian and international organizations such as the Santa Fe Opera; the San Francisco Bach Choir; les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada; l’Ensemble Parallèle; l’Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine de Paris; le Festival International de musique Baroque de Lamèque, l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, le Domaine Forget and the Orford Festival. He was a member of the cast of the musical theater production of Louis-Mailloux in New Brunswick during the summer of 2011. Here in Québec, he was Alfred in the highly amusing production of Die Fledermaus in May 2011.
Patrick MALLETTE, baritone (Gardefeu)
Patrick Mallette has been seen in the Opéra de Montréal’s fall 2009 production of Gianni Schicchi where he held the role of Marco. He has also appeared in Le nozze di Figaro with the Opéra Nantes-Angers and during a Silver Cast performance of the Ottawa Opera Lyra. He has performed at the Opéra de Nice, the Opéra de Massy and the Opéra de Toulon in la Vie parisienne. At the Opéra de Toulon, he has been heard in Moscow Cheryomushki, Così fan tutte and Un ballo in maschera. He has also played in The Merry Widow at the Opéra de Montréal, the Opéra de Marseille, the Société d’art lyrique du Royaume and the Opéra de Toulon. He has also sung in several productions both at the Opéra de Montréal and its Atelier lyrique, including: Così fan tutte, l’Elisir d’amore, Amelia Goes to the Ball, Il Segreto di Susanna, Rigoletto, la Traviata, Tosca, l’Italiana in Algeri and The Merry Widow. As a member of the company Chants Libres, he has also participated in several world premieres, and performed in Montréal, Toronto and in Holland. He recently sang at the operas of Avignon and Reims in Strauss’s Valses de Vienne. Patrick Mallette has been awarded grants from the Canada Arts Council, the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada Foundation, the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers, the Opéra de Montréal and the Fonds d’insertion en carrière of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. He made his first appearance at the Opéra de Québec during the Gala de l’Opéra of December 2009, returned for the Gala 2010, and successfully performed the role of Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus in May 2011. He plans to perform in Dead Man Walking at the Opéra de Montréal in the near future.
Judith BOUCHARD, soprano (Pauline)
Judith Bouchard holds a master’s degree in performance from Université Laval, where she studied under Marie-Danielle Parent, and an Opera Diploma from Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario), under Victor Martens. She currently studies with Gail Desmarais. During her training, she held the roles of Atlanta (Serse), Blanche De la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Thérèse (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Abigail and Mary (The Crucible) and Cassandra (The Trojan Women). She was a finalist in the Canadian Music Competition and has earned several scholarships. She is a regular participant in Opéra de Québec and OSQ productions as a professional chorus singer, and is a member and soloist of the Ensemble Vespéral de Québec. During the summer of 2008, she was a member of the cast of the musical show Les Misérables, which was revived in 2009 and again in 2010. As guest soloist, she has sung with the Choeur Polyphonique de Charlevoix, the Choeur Les Rhapsodes, and recently, with the Choeur du Vallon. She has sung in a number of other productions, notably in the Opéra de Québec’s Opera Outdoors series. During the fall of 2010, she was a member of the cast of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada production of Elisir d’amore, which toured through the east of Canada. During the past few months, she has represented SAMS (Société pour les arts en milieu de santé), which produces concerts in long-term health care facilities in the Québec region. In 2011, she sang the role of Ida in Die Fledermaus in May, was a member of the highly appreciated Brigade Lyrique during the Festival d’opéra in the summer, and performed in the Gala de l’Opéra in December. She performed at the Opéra’s Benefit Concert in February, 2012.