Opera on the Metro.
|Tenor Isaiah Bell serenades commuters.|
|Baritone Pierre Rancourt sings and dances with soprano Ileana Montalbetti.|
Flash mobs and twitter accounts are not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of opera but the Montreal Opera company is on a mission to bring the art form to a younger audience and has even given spontaneous shows in Jean Talon market and Simons department store. I love these shows in the metro station for many reasons. I end up looking at the audience as much as the singers. Bemused looking workmen puffing on cigarettes, homeless guys dancing a jig and small children who seem completely engrossed in what is supposed to be highbrow entertainment...and the look on the faces of commuters as they emerge from a train and realise they've stepped into an opera.
|A young opera fan watches Emma Parkinson and Isaiah Bell.|
|Taking a bow.|
or Jean Talon market...
Or you could buy some tickets and then you wouldn't have to hang out in metro stations. (cheap nights Monday nights). http://www.operademontreal.com/en/
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