Opéra de Montréal joins forces with Opéra de Québec to present a co-production of Starmania opéra by Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger during its 29th season - 2008-2009

    MONTREAL, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Opéra de Montréal is pleased to
highlight the 400th anniversary of the city of Quebec in co-producing
Starmania opéra with the Opéra de Québec, the company that initiated the
project. The operatic version (with opera singers and staging) of Luc
Plamondon and Michel Berger's legendary rock opera Starmania will have its
world premiere at the Opéra de Québec in May 2008, and will then be presented
in Montreal in March 2009, as part of the Opéra de Montréal's 29th season.
    Arranger, orchestrator, and conductor Simon Leclerc - who has also
orchestrated the work - handles the musical direction of Starmania opéra,
while stage direction is in the hands of multidisciplinary artists Michel
Lemieux and Victor Pilon, known for their work as stage directors,
scenographers, and multimedia designers. Anne-Séguin Poirier designed the
costumes and co-designed the sets, lighting design is by Alain Lortie, and
choreography is by Stéphane Boko. Appearing on stage will be some of Quebec's
brightest opera stars: soprano Marie-Josée Lord will be Marie-Jeanne, tenor
Marc Hervieux portrays Zéro Janvier, baritone Etienne Dupuis sings Johnny
Rockfort, soprano Lyne Fortin appears as Stella Spotlight, tenor Pascal
Charbonneau will be Ziggy, soprano Raphaelle Paquette sings Cristal, and
mezzo-soprano Krista de Silva portrays Sadia.

    In Montréal, six (6) performances will take place on March 14, 18, 21,
23, 26, 2009 at 8 p.m., and on March 28, 2009 at 2 p.m. in Salle
Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, with the Opéra de Montréal Chorus and the
Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.

    In Québec, seven (7) performances are scheduled: May 16 and 17, 2008 at 
7 p.m.; May 19, 20, 22, 24 and 26, 2008, at 8 p.m., with the Choeur de l'Opéra
de Québec and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.


For further information:

For further information: MEDIA: Marie Marais, Press Officer, (514)
845-2821, marais@cooptel.qc.ca

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