Clockwise from top left: Keven Geddes, Dominique Labelle, Pascale Beaudin, Nathalie Paulin, Alexandre Sylvestre, Dominique Côté, Marianne Fiset, and Jean-Michel Richer, all featured in Opera Lafayette's Fête de la musique.

On Sunday, June 20, 2021, Opera Lafayette presents 12 hours of free performances with its Fête de la Musique. The line-up, running from 8amET to 8pmET, features a mix of vocal and instrumental concerts, family-centric education programs, world premieres, and specially-curated highlights from Opera Lafayette’s last 20 years.

A handful of Canada’s operatic artists are included in this year’s Fête: at 1pmET and 4pmET, From the Opera Lafayette Archives features performances by Canadians Nathalie Paulin, Pascale Beaudin, Keven Geddes, Jean-Michel Richer, Alexandre Sylvestre, Dominique Labelle, and Marianne Fiset. And at 10amET, viewers can catch the premiere of the documentary, The Making Of: The Blacksmith, a behind-the-scenes look at the opera presented in 2020 by Opera Lafayette, starring Canadians Dominique Côté and Pascale Beaudin. At 11amET, straight after the documentary, will be a performance of The Blacksmith.

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Dominique Côté in rehearsal for Opera Lafayette’s Ferdinand Poise’s Bonsoir, Voisin! Photo: Louis Forget.

Out of Opera Lafayette, an American leader in interpreting and producing period-instrument opera from the 17th through the 19th centuries, this Fête de la Musique line-up is an imaginative balance of genres and performers – all available for free! Full details and access for June 20th are available at Opera Lafayette’s website.

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