Opera de Montreal La Bohème under the stars at Percival Molson Stadium
Opera Montreal La Bohème – Opera simulcast on a giant screen at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, an event on the official program of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations Saturday May 27, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. for FREE.
Bringing its season to a magnificent close, the Opéra de Montréal, through a partnership with The Society for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary, BMO Financial Group, the Montreal Alouettes, the Société de transport de Montréal, and the Orchestre Métropolitain, 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 boheme.operademontreal.com —are required. 15,000 tickets are available, starting today.
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. The first Under the Stars event took place in June 2005, with a simulcast of Carmen by Bizet, brilliantly bringing the company’s 25th season to a close. Verdi’s Aida was presented in June 2006, and in June 2008, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly drew some 33,000 spectators to the Esplanade at Place des Arts to attend a captivating simulcast of the opera on a giant screen.
“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.