The festival

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Monday July
Judith Forst

Master Class - Judith Forst

Judith Forst was 24 years old in 1968 when she sung for the first time at the Met where she was to sing some 250 performances in 45 years. In 2006, she made an impressive debut at the legendary Milan La Scala in Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanova. Ms. Forst has starred regularly at opera houses in San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver among others. It is an honor and privilege to welcome her this summer.

Monday, July 22, 7:30 PM | Serge-Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-20

Friday July
The voice is right!

Recital - "The voice is right!" - Friendly competition

Come hear our young singers in full voice! Which one will be most worthy of your vote? Will you agree with our jury members? That is to be seen.

Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM | Serge-Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-20

Saturday July
Opera World

Recital - Opera World - At L'Oasis Musicale

A dozen singers accompanied by a pianist perform under the direction of Ms. Joan Dornemann. This concert will be made of excerpts from famous operas that are familiar to everyone.

Saturday, July 27, 4:30 PM | Christ Church Cathedral, 635, Ste-Catherine, W. | Recommended voluntary contribution of $ 10

Monday July
Joan Dornemann

Master Class - Joan Dornemann

Assistant conductor and coach for over 40 years at the Metropolitan Opera, Joan Dornemann has worked closely with the greatest singers of our times. Cofounder of the International Vocal Arts Institute, she is also one of the most respected teachers in the world.

Monday, July 29, 7:30 PM | Serge-Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-20

Wednesday July
Matthew Polenzani

Master Class - Matthew Polenzani

American tenor Matthew Polenzani is one of the most appreciated of his generation. He stars on the world’s greatest stages and has given over 300 performances at the Met since his début in 1997. Last month, he sung the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. He is in Montreal for one evening only, so it is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 PM | Serge-Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-20

Friday August
Young Mozart

Recital - Scenes from lesser known operas by the young Mozart

Lesser known Mozart operas such as Zaide, Mitridate and La finta giardiniera are featured. Mozart was still a teenager when he wrote those works. Rainer Armbrust, conductor and coach at the Bayreuth assumes the artistic direction of this concert.

Piano accompaniment: Peiwen Chen

Friday, August 2, 7:30 PM | Serge-Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-20

Monday August
French Music

Recital - French Music

In this year of Jacques Offenbach centennial, here is a great opportunity to hear pages from the most beloved operas and operettas of the French repertoire.

Artistic direction: Rosemarie Landry and Francis Perron

Piano accompaniment.

Monday, August 5, 7:30 PM | Serge-Garand Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-20

Wednesday August
Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Festival Great Evening - La Bohème - By Ruggiero Leoncavallo

As time went by, Leoncavallo’s La Bohème has become “the other Bohème”, being overshadowed by Puccini’s. However, its 1897 premiere was more successful. Leoncavallo’s La Bohème is full of twists and turns. It evokes Gay Paree and its artists, as friends gathered at memorable parties despite living in poverty, day in and day out. It’s a whole tragi-comic world that takes over the stage. An unfairly neglected work that’s worth discovering.

Sung in Italian with English and French subtitles.

Musical direction: David Rosenmeyer | Stage direction: Joshua Major
Musical Preparation: Joan Dornemann
Piano accompaniment: Dura Jun

Marcello: Alexei Kuznietsov, tenor
Rodolfo: Jay Lucas Chacon, tenor
Schaunard: Simon Chalifoux, baritone
Barbemuche : Mike Pitocchi, bass
Visconte : Luka Jozik, baritone
Colline: Vincent Grana, bass
Gaudenzio: David Araujo, tenor
Durand : Zachary Sebek, tenor
Musetta: Cloe San Antonio, mezzo
Mimi: Isabelle Freeman, soprano
Euphemia: Eugenia Forteza, soprano

Technical direction: Onil Brousseau | Set and scenography: Carl Pelletier
Lighting: Serge Pelletier | Costumes: Fany Mc Crae

Wednesday, August 7, 7:30 PM | Claude-Champagne Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-38

Thursday August
Joan Dornemann

Benefit Concert with - Joan Dornemann - Private Master Class

A unique occasion to spend some precious moments with our world renowned artistic director and teacher Joan Dornemann. A cohort of singers from this edition will perform beloved arias, duets and quartets. This prestigious event is organized in support of the 16th CVAI’s international training program for talented young opera singers.

Piano accompaniment.

For information: (514) 554-8822

Thursday, August 8, 5:30 PM | Cocktail party, followed by a private master class and concert

Friday August
Festival Great Evening - Gala Concert

Festival Great Evening - Gala Concert

The gala concert is a magical evening at the Montreal Vocal Arts Festival. The 50 some participants of the 2019 edition are featured in a program that offers arias, duets, ensembles and even choirs. Three centuries of opera echo in a cavalcade of performances.

Musical direction: Joan Dornemann & Paul Nadler | Staging: Joshua Major

Piano accompaniment.

Friday, August 9, 7:30 PM | Claude-Champagne Hall, Université de Montréal | Tickets $ 10-38

The 16th edition of the Montreal Vocal Arts Festival will host around 50 talented young singers from more than 10 countries who will amaze the audience by their performance while they perfect their craft under world-renowned teachers. This great celebration of singing, under the artistic direction of Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler, will take place from July 22nd to August 9th, 2019. Once again this year, opera lovers will be fulfilled with program that includes master classes, a benefit performance, thematic recitals, a gala concert and a staged production of the opera La Bohème by Ruggiero Leoncavallo.

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