Rediscovered Celestial Arias

Unpublished opera arias from the 18th century, engraved by Pierre Gouin and edited by Luc Beauséjour

Works by Porpora, Pescetti, Galuppi, Wagenseil, Traetta, Hasse, Ottani, Terradellas & Perez

Following operas by Handel and Vivaldi, you are invited to discover those of additional 18th-century opera composers who were famous in their time. The beauty of the various arias is expressed through different moods, conveying feelings of languor, hope, love, passion and despair… Julie Boulianne will sing arias by these bel canto masters – works that have never been edited or sung since their creation.

Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano

French-Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne is acclaimed for the vocal agility and expressive power of her dark-hued tone, focusing on the works of Berlioz, Mozart, and Rossini. The Independent recently said, “Julie Boulianne’s Marguerite is gloriously sung, her sound replete with grace and power.”

During the 2021-2022 season, Ms. Boulianne returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the title role in Massenet’s Cinderella, in a new production for family audiences, the Wiener Staatsoper as Charlotte in Werther, and both the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the Glyndebourne Festival as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. Additionally, in her native Québec, she joins Opéra de Montréal as Rose Valland in the world premiere of Julien Bilodeau’s La Beauté du Monde and Opéra de Québec as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. On the concert stage, Ms. Boulianne performs César Franck’s Redemption with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan, Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Cinq mélodies populaires grecques with Orchestre Classique de Montréal.

In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Boulianne appeared as Dorabella with the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, while in concert she performed a Christmas concert with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Orchestre de chambre McGill, and a concert utilizing the works of Canada’s indigenous composers with Orchestre Classique de Montréal.

A graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Juilliard, and Université de Montréal, Julie Boulianne won First Prize in both the Canadian Music Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition in New York. She has been awarded the International Vocal Arts Institute’s Silverman Prize, and in 2007, the Prix de la Chambre des Directeurs for Most Promising Career at the Concours International de Chant de Montréal.

Ensemble Clavecin en concert

Through its concerts, Clavecin en concert offers an appreciation of the repertoire of the Baroque period. Compositions for the harpsichord, ensemble music as well as works involving the voice offer varied concert programmes that appeal to a wide audience.

Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord and conductor

Never short of ideas when it comes to offering concert programs imbued with authenticity and refinement, Luc Beauséjour is an exceptional harpsichordist and organist.

“The naturalness of his harpsichord playing, the remarkable attention he gives to proportions and to a singing quality have made him a one-of-a-kind artist.” (Le Devoir)

He is a highly sought-after musician not only for his virtuosity and the subtlety of his playing, but also for his outgoing personality and the ease with which he communicates with his audiences. Luc Beauséjour leads a very active concertizing career. He has performed as soloist in North and South America as well as in Europe.

Since 1994, he has been the artistic director of the ensemble Clavecin en Concert, an organization whose mission is to promote music written for the harpsichord both as a solo instrument and as part of an orchestra. Teaching is also an important part of Beauséjour’s musical activities. He is a music professor at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal.

Thursday April 14, 2022 at 7:30pm
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