Les Feluettes/Lilies

Friday April 21st at 8 PM

Royal Theatre

$25 and up

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In French with English surtitles

Pacific Opera Victoria and Opéra de Montréal have co-commissioned and co-produced this new opera, based on the acclaimed play by Michel Marc Bouchard, who is the librettist for the opera. POV's Artistic Director Timothy Vernon is the musical dramaturge and conductor for both the Montreal world première in May, 2016, and the Victoria première in April 2017.

A play within a play within a play,
   where love flares into feverish splendour,
     memory becomes a prison, and justice is eternally elusive.

For 30 years, Michel Marc Bouchard's vivid, structurally brilliant play Les Feluettes has been an opera waiting to happen. A major work of Canadian theatre, this stunning romantic drama cries out for operatic treatment.

Premiered in 1987, Les Feluettes (known in English as Lilies) has been translated into English, Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch and produced all over the world. It was made into a Genie-award winning movie in 1996.

The drama revolves round the consequences of a moment in 1912. A group of boys at a Quebec college rehearse Gabriele D'Annunzio's sensual play The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. As a devastating love triangle unfolds, one boy dies, one is sent to prison, one becomes a bishop.

Decades later, the bishop is made to watch as prisoners re-enact the past, re-creating a panoply of vivid characters – a young pyromaniac; an old man hunting the missing pieces of his past; a brutal alcoholic; an exiled countess; a beautiful Frenchwoman who pilots a hot-air balloon.


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