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Denys Arcand Benefit

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Denys Arcand's Secret Passion
(Beauty and the Beast)

Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 2:30 PM at the Grande Bibliothèque

Attend a rare public interview with master filmmaker Denys Arcand.

Discover Denys Arcand's secret passion!

His passion? It's André Grétry's French opera Zémire et Azor, composed in 1771, and the first interpretation of the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. Arcand uses a scene from this opera as a dream sequence to open his film L'Âge des ténèbres. He will discuss his work with the young singers of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.

Produced by Les Violons du Roy, with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and the participation of the National Theatre School of Canada, Zémire et Azor will be performed at the Maison symphonique de Montréal on May 23 and at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City on May 27.

Listen to Florie Valiquette

You will hear soprano Florie Valiquette, finalist at the 2014 OSM Competition, who will take on the title role of Zémire. She will sing the famous aria « La Fauvette » and  et « Rose chérie ». 

She will be accompanied by pianist Maxime Dubé-Malenfant

(hear soprano Molly Davey's version)

* Photo credit: Raja Ouali – Bivouac Studio


Denys Arcand Conference 

Denys Arcand will be interviewed by Laurent Patenaude, Head of Artistic Administration, Les Violons du Roy, and Wah Keung Chan, publisher and co-editor in chief of La Scena Musicale. Plus:

  • Projection of an excerpt from Denys Arcand’s film : L’Âge des ténèbres featuring « Du Moment qu’on aime » from André Grétry’s Zémire et Azor. (Rufus Wainwright, chanteur/singer)
  • Video of staging rehearsal with Denys Arcand and the singers

  • The discussion will be in French and English.


    • Date: Sunday, May 3
    • Time: 2:30 PM
    • Venue: Auditorium, Grande Bibliothèque du Québec
    • Address: 475 de Maisonneuve East
    • City: Montréal
    • Parking: $9 (info)
    • Transit: Métro Berri



    • Christine Lacroix, (514) 948-2520, don@lascena.org


    The Cause

    Support La Scena Musicale which has worked tirelessly for 18 years promoting music and the arts, providing a solid link between music lovers, artists, the local scene and the next generation of artists. 

    « La Scena Musicale is
    unique and essentielle »

    - Denys Arcand,
    LSM Ambassador

    Honourary President
    Danielle Blouin 

    • « La Fauvette », Zémire et Azor d’André Grétry. Molly Davey, soprano, American Classical Orchestra, Thomas Crawford, conduction (Youtube)
    • « La Fauvette », sung by Amelita Galli-Curci
    • « Rose Cherie », sung by Maggie Teyte
    • « Du Moment qu'on aime », Zémire et Azor d’André Grétry. Rufus Wainwright, singer, scene from the film L'Âge des ténèbres by Denys Arcand (Youtube)
    • « Du Moment qu'on aime », sung by Richard Verreau

    To Read


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