Artistic Programming for 2015-2016

VOCALISE is the theme for the 18th artistic season presented by Société d’art vocal de Montréal. Four recitals by lyric artists acknowledged both nationally and internationally are proposed: sopranos Lyne Fortin (October 18, 2015) and Marianne Fiset (June 5, 2016); mezzo-soprano Susan Platts (November 29, 2015); and tenor Pascal Charbonneau (April 17, 2016). An outstanding collaboration with Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal will present three young lyric artists in a concert devoted to the works of Lionel Daunais (March 6, 2016). These artists will be accompanied by pianists Marc Bourdeau, Alan Darling, Esther Gonthier, Michael McMahon and Marie-Ève Scarfone, horn player Neil Kimel, and cellist Stéphane Tétreault, in varied programs of operatic arias, melodies and lieder by numerous composers. All recitals are presented on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m., in the concert hall of the Montreal Conservatory of Music (4750 Henri-Julien Avenue).

This concert calender is completed by a series of nine recitals featuring young emerging lyric artists at Café d’art vocal. The third season of Les découvertes du Café d’art vocal will be presented September 2015 through June 2016, at 11:30 a.m., one Sunday per month, in the intimate venue on Amherst St.

Café d'art vocal

Since September 2003, the Société d’art vocal de Montréal has operated the Café d’art vocal, in the Borough of Ville-Marie, a space of about fifty seats, open to the public for recreational and learning activities. At the same address are also found the Society’s administrative offices and its archive, the Phonothèque Christian-Delmas, which contains some 14,000 documents consecrated to the repertoire of music for the voice. Over the years, the Café d’art vocal has proven to be a real booster in promoting the Society’s activities in the concert hall.

The 2015-2016 season, promises a broad range of activities with the aim of reaching a more varied audience: meetings of the Amicale de la Phonothèque, viewing operas on film, Les recontres and Les découvertes du Café d'art vocal, the « à la carte » conferences, premières, meetings with artists and other awareness activities.

Amicale de la Phonothèque

The hosts of the Amicale de la Phonothèque have developed an extraordinary awareness campaign consisting of musical programmes of portraits of lyric artists, repertoire works and key events. The formula is simple and it is offered to all, neophytes and amateurs alike, who show up every month on the third Tuesday. The themes of the 2013-2014 season will lead to discussions of various aspects of the repertoire. 

Opera on Film

Since autumn 2004, Elisabeth Paputsakis, Bernard Côté and Normand Mondor have put on a series of opera productions on film every Saturday afternoon and Thursday evening from September through May. The 2012-2013 Programme contains works from assorted repertoires, early and modern, with wide coverage of the latest tendencies in opera houses. The quality of the production and the unique atmosphere of the Café d’art vocal make this series a real hit among opera-lovers,