This year, Montreal’s Italian Week will end with the classical lyrical concert on Sunday August 23 at 8:00 PM on its website italfestmtl.ca. Due to the current situation, the traditional open-air opera, which the festival is famous for, has been revamped in order to reconnect with our traditions while adapting to the situation to the delight of our festival-goers.
To end the festival, let yourself be transported by grandiose opera songs thanks to an impressive quartet of singers: Raphaëlle Paquette (soprano), Rose Naggar-Tremblay (mezzo), Hugo Laporte (baritone) and Éric Thériault (tenor) accompanied on the piano by Giancarlo Scalia, under the artistic direction of Salvatore Sciascia. They will make you discover the best pieces of the most famous operas during an exceptional and captivating concert. Dive into Italian operas and let yourself be carried away!
Flamboyant artist, Raphaëlle Paquette impress with her interpretations of the heroines of the lyric repertoire and participates in numerous concerts and recitals of sacred music, musicals, French songs and opera. From 2004 to 2016, Raphaëlle embodied Cristal in the success Starmania, opera of Plamondon/Berger. In 2015, she created virtuose, a duo with Francis Tétu and performed over 300 shows. They are recording their first album, which is available since the end of July 2020.
Rose Naggar-Tremblay is noted for the richness of her voice and the intelligence of her interpretation. She puts her creativity and her great love of languages at the service of various artistic creations. Her recent performances include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, (Choeur Vivace, 2019) as well as the Duchess Della Volta in La fille du tambour major, (Opéra Bouffe du Québec, 2019). She also participates in numerous concerts as soloist and solo alto.
Recognized for the elegance of his song, his velvety tone and his charisma on stage, the young Quebec baritone Hugo Laporte has won numerous competitions and prizes. He will make his debut at La Scala in Milan in 2023. Regularly invited to concerts in Canada, Europe and Asia, he has collaborated with ensembles from across Canada and around the world.
Frequently invited by the Opéra de Québec, his great talent as a comic actor has also allowed him to shine in great operetta roles. Recently, Éric Thériault was a soloist during Parsifal, at the Festival de Lanaudière, under the direction of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. His talent was also noticed at the Quebec Opera Festival, in the interpretation of Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), under the guidance of Robert Lepage and as Der Steuerman (Der Fliegende Höllander), under the guidance of François Girard.
Originally from Montreal, Giancarlo Scalia is very active as a pianist, vocal coach and songwriter. He has been music director or repeater for several companies and collaborating pianist across Canada as well as around the world. Certified composer of the Canadian Music Center, he has composed for various soloists and ensembles and his works have been performed in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Born in Italy, Salvatore Sciascia arrived in Montreal in 1958. Discovered at Vincent-D’Indy school by Mr. Léopold Simoneau, general artistic director of the Opéra de Québec, he was then recruited to interpret the roles of Arlequin in I Pagliacci one of many with the opera house. For more than thirty years, he directed a theatre troupe specializing in the Sicilian language. From 2007 until today, he is the artistic director of the operas for Montreal’s Italian Week.
In its new virtual format, the festival offers you all these events for free, there’s no need to register or purchase tickets. All performances were recorded live from the festival studio. The video to each event will be available on italfestmtl.ca a few days before, but the broadcast will only be accessible at the exact time of the show. All shows will remain permanently on our YouTube Channel except Nicola Ciccone’s concert which will be only available Live.