A new Canadian opera that had Montreal and Victoria audiences on their feet!
After 30 years as an iconic work of Canadian theatre, Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s Lilies (Les Feluettes) premiered as an opera at Opéra de Montréal in 2016. Praised by critics and audiences for its lush, romantic music, Lilies explores a passionate love story between two young men in early 1900s Quebec. Innocence quickly turns into deception and murder as the star-crossed lovers struggle through their feelings against the norms of society.
Composer Kevin March’s lavish and cinematic score “harkens to 19th century Romantic composers” (Times Argus), featuring “waltzes, old-timey songs, French Canadian folk tunes and quotes from Scott Joplin and Claude Debussy” (Times Colonist). Lilies has been hailed as "a pure masterpiece" (Boucle Magazine) and its highly anticipated Alberta premiere is the perfect celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary — don't miss the opera that received standing ovations from Montreal and Victoria audiences!
Top row: Photos by Yves Renaud. Opéra de Montréal, 2016. Bottom row: Photos by David Cooper. Pacific Opera Victoria, 2017.
October 21, 24 and 27, 2017 • Jubilee Auditorium
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Sung in French with projected English translation
Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Giuseppe Pietraroia • Originating Director Serge Denoncourt • Revival Director Jacques Lemay • Scenery design by Guillaume Lord •
Costume design by François Barbeau • Lighting design by Martin Labrecque • Revival Lighting Designer Julie Basse • Projection design by Gabriel Coutu-Dumont
|Old Simon Doucet||Gino Quilico|
|Young Simon Doucet||Zachary Read|
|Bishop Bilodeau||Gordon Gietz|
|Young Bilodeau||James McLennan|
|Count Vallier de Tilly||Jean-Michel Richer|
|Countess Marie-Laure de Tilly||Dominique Côté|
|Father Saint-Michel||Normand Richard|
|Timothée Doucet||Claude Grenier|
|Lydie-Anne de Rozier||Daniel Cabena|
|Baron de Hüe||Patrick Mallette|
Rave reviews for Lilies (Les Feluettes)
Les Feluettes a powerful tale well sung — Times Colonist
New opera Les Feluettes works on many levels — Montreal Gazette
Lyrical and dramatic, Les Feluettes is written in a musical language accessible to a wide audience — Toronto Star
Les Feluettes in Montréal: New World opera triumphs — Bachtrack
All of the trappings of a great opera — La Scena Musicale
Curious about the plot of Lilies? Read our one-minute synopsis!
The production and designs for Les Feluettes were originally created by Opéra de Montréal and Pacific Opera Victoria for productions in 2016 & 2017.
Meet the star-crossed lovers of Lilies, tenor Jean-Michel Richer (Vallier) and baritone Zachary Read (Simon)! In this interview, they talk about the music, characters, and story of this new Canadian opera.
Lilies is a very special production for MP Randy Boissonnault. In this video, he explains his personal connection to Michel Marc Bouchard's classic Canadian play and its cultural legacy in Canada.
In this interview with Opéra de Montréal, composer Kevin March talks about the process of creating a new opera and what inspired him to take on Lilies.
Listen to this musical excerpt from Pacific Opera Victoria, in which the cast exclaims "Magnifique!" when they witness the arrival of a hot air balloon in the small town of Roberval, Quebec.