March 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 & 24, 2017
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts
MONTRÉAL, March 3, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - In celebration of Montréal's 375th anniversary, Opéra de Montréal is pleased to present the world premiere of Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera, based on Roger Waters' legendary work, The Wall. The project brings together Québecois baritone, Étienne Dupuis, who will play Pink, the fallen rock star; and three exceptional artists: Julien Bilodeau, composer of the new opera vision of the work; Dominic Champagne, director of this monumental 80s music endeavour; and Alain Trudel, conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain.
A special collaboration for Montréal's 375th anniversary
This important Opéra de Montréal project is part of the official program of festivities for Montréal's 375th anniversary. "It's a great honour to welcome Roger Waters in Montréal. This project creates a stylistic shock, representing daring and unprecedented collaborations. Montréal is without a doubt a lively and inspiring city. In fact, it was in our beautiful city, 40 years ago, that Mr. Waters' The Wall project first started to germinate," explains Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner of Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
"Reflecting our vibrant metropolis, Montréal's 375th anniversary festivities will offer our artists, artisans and creators an opportunity to showcase their talent. A deeply rooted ambassador in the city's cultural network, Opéra de Montréal has concocted an extraordinary event, which will not only stimulate tourism and the economy, but will also certainly be among the most anticipated artistic performances in the 2017 cultural calendar. The government of Québec is pleased to support this initiative, which will rekindle pride and a sense of belonging for all inhabitants of the beautiful and vast Montréal region," affirms Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Mr. Martin Coiteux.
"It's through projects of this magnitude that our cultural metropolis distinguishes itself in remarkable ways. The Montréal community is delighted at the idea of welcoming Mr. Roger Waters, and sharing this important anniversary with him," adds Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal.
Pierre Dufour, Opéra de Montréal's Executive Director, and Michel Beaulac, its Artistic Director, add that "[t]his unique project breaks down barriers between opera and rock, while conveying the universality of singing and music."
Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera
This timeless work, offered in an operatic adaptation, seemed ideal for an approach worthy of the theme. Ten soloists, 48 chorus singers, 70 musicians and a team of exceptional design professionals will infuse the work with a new dimension. Pink's alienation and isolation, as the main character, in addition to the difficulties facing his entire generation regarding disillusionment, find a vehicle for expression in the total art form that is the opera.
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL – THE OPERA
Based on the lyrics and music of The Wall, by Roger Waters
Opera version composed by Julien Bilodeau
Stage direction by Dominic Champagne
Pink: Étienne Dupuis
Conductor: Alain Trudel
Set Designer: Stéphane Roy
Assistant Stage Director: Neilson Vignola
Videographer: Johnny Ranger
Costume Designer: Marie-Chantal Vaillancourt
Lighting Designer: Étienne Boucher
Orchestre Métropolitain / OdM Chorus
DATES: March 126.96.36.199.20.22.24, 2017
Pre-sale for the general public: March 3 to 20, 2016
Tickets and information available at www.operademontreal.com
SOURCE Opéra de Montréal
For further information: Pierre Vachon, Communications, Outreach and Education Director, [email protected] / 514 985-2222, extension 2237