L'Opéra de Québec to celebrate Québec 2008 with the production of Starmania opéra

    QUEBEC CITY, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Pierre Boulanger, President and
Director General of the Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec, proudly and
enthusiastically announced today the participation of L'Opéra de Québec as an
official partner in the 2008 celebration. During the presentation of its
program for the 2007-2008 season, L'Opéra de Québec confirmed that it would be
presenting, as a grand premier for the 400th anniversary of Québec, the opera
version of Starmania.
    This original creation of a classical opera based on the lyrics and music
of the world-renowned production, Starmania (Plamondon/Berger), will be
specially staged for the 400th anniversary. Luc Plamondon was on hand to
affirm his support for the project at every stage of its creation and
    This major collaborative project, under the direction of L'Opéra de
Québec, will draw on the expertise, know-how and creativity of many
prestigious partners and talented creators. The production will also include
well-known Québec artists and artisans. Presented at the Grand Théâtre de
Québec on May 17, 20, 22 and 24, 2008, Starmania opéra will be performed by
professional singers and choruses and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.
    This momentous convergence of classical and pop music promises to be a
highly popular event, and one that will introduce today's youth to a new
version of a production that marked an entire generation.
    Already sparking great interest, this show "perfectly conveys the festive
spirit of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Québec and will
greatly contribute to the growing international reputation of the Quebec City
region as a hotbed of culture," Pierre Boulanger went on to say. Excerpts of
the texts in lyric form (not staged) have already been presented in Paris and
Montréal to wide media and popular acclaim.
    To catch the spirit, go to MonQuebec2008.com and also visit

    The Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec is an autonomous, non-profit
organization, financed by the Government of Québec, the City of Québec and the
Government of Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec, Pauline
Gagnon, Director - Public and Press Relations, (418) 648-2008

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