Bourgie Hall presents

The Masquerade Ball and the Tale of the Soldier

Featuring musicians of the Orchestre Métropolitain

The great French baritone François Le Roux, known as the Pelléas of his generation, performs surrealist artist Max Jacob’s poetry set to music by Poulenc and a production by Ramuz and Stravinsky combining speech, mime, dance and music. He will be accompanied by Orchestre Métropolitain musicians and conducted by Nicolas Ellis.

Nicolas Ellis, conductor

Nicolas Ellis is the Artistic Director, Conductor and Founder of the Orchestre de l’Agora and served as Artistic Partner to the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He was recently named Principal Guest Conductor for Les Violons du Roy, starting in the 2023-2024 season.

Ellis is the recipient of the 2017 Fernand Lindsay Career Grant and has also been awarded the Prix Goyer Mécénat Musica 2021.

François Le Roux, baritone

François Le Roux is renowned throughout the world for performances that range from baroque through contemporary music, from French art song to the major roles of the operatic stage. Since his debut with Lyon Opera, he has been a guest with all the major European opera houses and symphony orchestras as well as festivals throughout the world.

In the realm of opera, he was renowned as “the greatest Pelléas of his generation in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.” He performed Pelléas more than a hundred times on the foremost opera stages of the world. As his voice deepened, he changed to the role of Golaud in this same opera, which he has been performing to great acclaim in such places as Paris, Bordeaux, and at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

Musicians of the Orchestre Métropolitain
Mélanie Harel, oboe
Simon Aldrich, clarinet
Gabrièle Dostie-Poirier, bassoon
Cornet to be confirmed
Patrice Richer, trombone
Lizann Gervais, violin
Caroline Milot, cello
René Gosselin, double bass
Jennifer Bourdages, piano
Julien Bélanger, percussion

POULENC Le Bal masqué
STRAVINSKY L’Histoire du Soldat

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:30pm
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