La Bohème – Under the Stars

Attend a free giant-screen simulcast of one of the most well-loved operas in the repertoire: La Bohème by Puccini. The event will take place, rain or shine, at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm.

FREE event, reservation required.

Bringing its season to a magnificent close, the Opéra de Montréal is especially delighted to be able to offer 15,000 people the opportunity to attend a free open-air operatic event at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm. The event, which is part of the official programming for Montreal’s 375th anniversary, will take place rain or shine and will be preceded by the Opéra’s outreach activities. The STM will also be making a shuttle service available from the McGill metro station.

The final performance of one of the most well-loved operas in the repertoire—La Bohème by Puccini, presented in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier—will be simulcast on five giant screens installed in Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. This is a free EVENT, but tickets—available via the Opéra de Montréal’s website at —are required.

The opera is performed in Italian with English and French surtitles. During intermissions, spectators will be able to keep watching the giant screens to get a look at all the frenzied activity going on behind the scenes, where they will also meet the artists, designers, and craftspeople who bring the production to life. This outdoor event is in keeping with the Opéra de Montréal’s mission of democratization, and social and community outreach.

“Finally, opera accessible to everyone! What a wonderful opportunity for all Montrealers to experience an unforgettable moment… Under the stars!” stated Alain Gignac, General Manager of the Society for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary.

“It is through projects of this scope that our cultural metropolis is distinguishing itself in such a remarkable fashion. The Montreal community is delighted to see a free cultural event that will allow its citizens to celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary while familiarizing themselves with opera,” added Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

La Bohème

Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème is one of the most well-loved operas in the repertoire. What makes it so popular? Part of it may be because the opera speaks about each and everyone one of us… our youth, our love, our friendship, our suffering. La bohème takes audiences through a full range of emotions, from straightforward laughs to heartrending tears, all wrapped up in music that goes straight to the heart. The story: in 19th century Paris, budding young artists, filled with hope and life, celebrate friendship, sharing, and love… A story based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by French writer Henry Murger.

All of the soloists are Canadian.

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