*Tickets starting at $25.00 | On sale August 2, 2016 at 10:00am
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(please note that all running times are approximate and subject to change. Running time refers to performance only and may not include speeches, introductions, etc)
Act I: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes
Act II: 1 hour and 2 minutes
Total: 2 hours and 32 minutes
In French with English surtitles
Pacific Opera Victoria and Opéra de Montréal have co-commissioned and co-produced this new opera, based on the acclaimed play by Michel Marc Bouchard, who is the librettist for the opera. POV's Artistic Director Timothy Vernon is the musical dramaturge and conductor for both the Montreal world première in May, 2016, and the Victoria première in April 2017.
A play within a play within a play,
where love flares into feverish splendour,
memory becomes a prison, and justice is eternally elusive.
For 30 years, Michel Marc Bouchard's vivid, structurally brilliant play Les Feluettes has been an opera waiting to happen. A major work of Canadian theatre, this stunning romantic drama cries out for operatic treatment.
Premiered in 1987, Les Feluettes (known in English as Lilies) has been translated into English, Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch and produced all over the world. It was made into a Genie-award winning movie in 1996.
The drama revolves round the consequences of a moment in 1912. A group of boys at a Quebec college rehearse Gabriele D'Annunzio's sensual play The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. As a devastating love triangle unfolds, one boy dies, one is sent to prison, one becomes a bishop.
Decades later, the bishop is made to watch as prisoners re-enact the past, re-creating a panoply of vivid characters – a young pyromaniac; an old man hunting the missing pieces of his past; a brutal alcoholic; an exiled countess; a beautiful Frenchwoman who pilots a hot-air balloon.
Conductor: Timothy Vernon
Director: Serge Denoncourt
Set Designer: Guillaume Lord
Costume Designer: François Barbeau
Lighting Designer: Martin Labrecque
Old Simon Doucet: Gino Quilico
Count Vallier de Tilly: Jean-Michel Richer
Monseigneur Bilodeau: Gordon Gietz
Jean Bilodeau: James McLennan
Countess Marie-Laure de Tilly: Aaron St. Clair Nicholson
Lydie-Anne de Rozier: Daniel Cabena
Timothée Doucet: Claude Grenier
Baron de Hüe: Patrick Mallette
A new Canadian Opera, co-commissioned & co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria & Productions ODM Inc. (Opéra de Montréal)
World Première in Montreal: May, 2016