The Opéra de Montréal unveils its 2021-2022 season

The 2021-2022 Season…

See you at the OPERA!

Verdi’s and Mozart’s most wonderful arias, an original work by Michel Marc Bouchard and Julien Bilodeau, a heartbreaking double-bill, and the finest singers from home and abroad, all season long—this is what awaits you in 2021-2022!

Also, for the second time this season, opera fans will be able to take advantage of Sunday afternoon performances at 2 pm, making it easier for many music lovers to attend! This is in addition to the very popular series of free Let’s Talk Opera! events, which will continue to expand throughout Montreal and nearby suburbs.

The 2021-2022 Season in brief

  • La traviata, Giuseppe Verdi, January 2022, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
  • La beauté du monde, Julien Bilodeau / Michel Marc Bouchard, March 2022, Théâtre Maisonneuve
  • The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, May 2022, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Opera à la carte

  • For this double bill, the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal collaborates with BalletOpéra Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal to present: Riders to the Sea, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Le flambeau de la nuit, by composer Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and author Olivier Kemeid, September 2021, Théâtre Maisonneuve

LA TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi

Josephine Baker is a major icon, encapsulating the emancipation of black women. Her boldness is evoked in this brand-new version of Verdi’s famous opera, showcasing the talent of the great Quebec soprano Marie-Josée Lord.

Synopsis: Paris in the 1920s… The Roaring Twenties. Cabaret artist Violetta is a proud and renowned courtesan. Young Alfredo is a man from a good family. Foolish and in love, they will try to rebel against the conventions that separate their two worlds, engaging in a passionate love affair. But at what cost?


Violetta                             Marie-Josée Lord

Alfredo                              Rame Lahaj

Germont                           James Westman

Flora                                   Pascale Spinney

Conductor                       Alain Trudel

Stage Director                Alain Gauthier

Production                       Opéra de Montréal, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera,

Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

January 29 & February 1, 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm / Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

LA BEAUTÉ DU MONDE by Julien Bilodeau and Michel Marc Bouchard


After the successful premiere of the deeply moving opera Les feluettes in 2016, Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard is back at the Opéra de Montréal with an original libretto about the epic rescue of artwork from the Louvre during World War II. Proof of the inestimable value of art and beauty.

Synopsis: World War II is wreaking havoc… While France has suffered an important defeat at the hands of the Germans, the fight continues on the art front when Hitler arrives in Paris. As Nazi officers plan to plunder the Louvre of its precious masterpieces, Jacques Jaujard and Rose Valland risk their lives orchestrating a historic clandestine rescue.


Jacques Jaujard                      Philippe Sly

Le Comte Franz Wolff-Mettermich   John Brancy

Rose Valland                        Julie Boulianne

Jeanne Boitel                        Layla Claire

Bruno Lohse                        Isaiah Bell

Esther                               France Bellemare

Alexandre Rosenberg                Jean-Michel Richer

Hermann Göring                    Marc Hervieux

Conductor                          Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Stage Director                       Florent Siaud

New production

Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

March 19, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm / March 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Théâtre Maisonneuve

THE MAGIC FLUTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Having charmed audiences around the world, Barrie Kosky’s thrilling production recalls the silent film era with its surprising set that makes use of screens and projections. It’s The Magic Flute like you’ve never seen it before!

Synopsis: Armed with a magic flute and enchanted bells, Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno rush to the rescue of Princess Pamina. On the way, they find dangerous dragons, dancing animals, and… love!


Tamino                      Aaron Blake

Pamina                      Kim-Lillian Strebe

Papageno                    Richard Sveda

Queen of the Night          Ana Durlovski

Sarastro                     Christian Zaremba

Conductor                   Christopher Allen

Stage Director               Barrie Kosky

Production                   Komische Oper Berlin, co-produced with Los Angeles Opera and

                              Minnesota Opera – Suzanne Andrade / Barrie Kosky

Opéra de Montréal Chorus / Orchestre Métropolitain

May 7, 10, 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm / May 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier


RIDERS TO THE SEA by Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Millington Synge

LE FLAMBEAU DE LA NUIT by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and Olivier Kemeid

Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime (BOP) and I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra are joining forces with the Opéra de Montréal and its Atelier lyrique for a double bill in which the sea has a starring role. The sea that feeds us… but that also robs us of life.

Mirroring the opera Riders to the Sea, the new work Le flambeau de la nuit echoes the same themes, weaving together a unified dramatic structure that looks both to the present and back to the past.


(R) Riders to the Sea

(F) Le flambeau de la nuit

Maurya (R) & La Nochère (F)               Allyson McHardy

Kathleen (R) & Passagère 1 (F)          Andrea Núñez

Nora (R)                                                        Lucie St-Martin

Bartley (R)                                                    Geoffrey Schellenberg

Passagère 2 (F)                                         Sarah Dufresne

Passager 3 (F)                                           Mishael Jedidiah Eusebio

Passager 4 (F)                                            Matthew Li

Conductor                          Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse

I Musici de Montréal

September 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm & September 26, 2021 at 2 pm

Théâtre Maisonneuve

Opéra de Montréal | 2021-2022 SEASON – 42nd Season

All operas are performed in their original language with bilingual surtitles projected above the stage.

Subscriptions to 3 operas starting at $87!

Other subscription packages available!

Only at the Opéra de Montréal box office: 514-985-2258  •  1 877 385-2222

Single Tickets

Place des Arts Box Office: 514-842-2112 • 1 866 842-2112

Starting at $35, on sale as of October 2021.