AN UNPRECEDENTED ENCOUNTER BETWEEN HIP-HOP AND OPERA
A MUSICAL SHOW THAT REVISITS CARMEN
FROM SEPTEMBER 16 TO 19 AND FROM SEPTEMBER 23 TO 26
ON THE PLACE DE LA PAIX
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, the National Theatre School of Canada, the Société des arts technologiques [SAT], and the Festival Mode + Design are partnering to present the musical show Hip-Hopéra, Carmen from September 16 to 19 and from September 23 to 26 on Place de la Paix, with two free performances per day at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This work produced by La Tête de pioche offers an unprecedented encounter between hip-hop and opera by revisiting the famous opera Carmen by Georges Bizet, the most presented French-language opera in the world.
Born from a common desire of organizations to further promote street arts in the public space, Hip-Hopéra, Carmen respects the essence of the original work while integrating today’s urban culture (music, dance and fashion). It brilliantly succeeds in juxtaposing two musical styles that rarely rub shoulders thanks to a brilliant conception and staging by Louis Tremblay.
On stage, ten artists (opera singers, rappers, musicians, and dancers) will bring Carmen’s best-known tunes to life through an experience that is both daring and energizing. Is it the opera that takes the street or the street that interferes in the world of opera? In any case, Hip-Hopéra, Carmen trades Seville for the Quartier des spectacles and promises to please connoisseurs and neophytes alike.
This musical show features opera singers Michèle Motard, Rose Naggar-Tremblay and Pierre Heault as well as rapper S.P. Sans Pression, accompanied by musician Josiane Rouette and dancers James Dhaïti, Mary-Lee Brunet, Raphaël Gagnon, Eliana Todaro and Stéphanie Hébert. Director Loïc Thériault (Valaire, Qualité Motel, Le Diable à cinq) was given the challenge of revisiting this classic and providing musical direction. Randy Smith, under the direction of Chantal Durivage and assisted by Emmanuelle Néron, brings the Quebec fashion styling of costumes.
September 16-19 and September 23-26
Two performances per evening: 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Place de la Paix, Quartier des spectacles
No reservation, limited places
Vaccination passport required (with proof of identity) according to the directives of the Government of Quebec