About Us / Qui sommes nous?

The Montreal West-End Operatic Society is a non-profit and community-based company founded in 1939. Our goal is to entertain audiences with the enchanting music and brilliant wit of musical comedy while giving back to the community.

Our mission

Our mission is to sustain a theatrical community dedicated to producing English and bilingual works of musical theatre while providing a training ground and home to committed and aspiring performers.

Our company

Our company produces musical revues, concerts and full-stage productions from comic opera to Broadway musicals.  The timeless humour of Gilbert & Sullivan and their contemporaries continues to be our focal point.

Our members

Our members are of many ages and occupations. Every year, the love of singing combines with the fun of working together on sets and costumes, to deepen old friendships and create new ones. We all volunteer our time – with the exception of our music and stage directors, who are hired to nurture the production to professional standards.

Charity work

As a charitable organization, MWOS has raised more than $105,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Each year, we raise money for the MCH Foundation by collecting donations for our show programmes, and organizing other charitable events such as our annual Carolling for the Children’s event in late December.

MWOS also accepts non-perishable food contributions for both the NDG Food Depot and Sun Youth Food Bank at all its Montreal area performances.

MWOS Awards & Honours

The Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted in 2014 to honour a special member of the cast and long-standing member of the MWOS Board of Directors, Susan Colby-Germinario. Having joined in 1977 and continuing to serve the Society with dedication after more than 37 years, she has set the gold-standard for volunteerism. Without her, MWOS would …

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Our Productions / Nos productions

The Montreal West-End Operatic Society specializes in producing the works of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, perhaps the most famous pairing of composer and librettist in the world, as well as comic operettas by other notable classic composers.

MWOS is responding to the bilingual nature of the city, by periodically producing bilingual shows – with …

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Member Events and Charity Work

Our Charity…the Children’s

The Montreal West-End Operatic Society has, for many years, been a proud supporter of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  To date (2017), it is estimated that MWOS has donated more than $130 000 to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, in total.

In 1973, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation was established.  Since that date, the …

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Our History

In 1939, with Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas growing an international following since their deaths, a group of Montreal West citizens decided that their town should have its own amateur theatrical company dedicated to the performance of these sparklingly witty works, and our Society was born. The founders, including the then mayor of Montreal West James …

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Who are Gilbert and Sullivan?

Originally brought together by Sir Richard D’Oyle Carte in the late 1860’s, Gilbert and Sullivan’s first work, Thespis, was produced in 1871. They wrote 14 operettas over the course of their partnership. Sir Arthur Sullivan had always wanted to compose grand opera, and his most famous work, Ivanhoe, survives to this day. But he is …

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The names listed on this page are people who have, over the course of their participation in the Society, made extraordinary contributions to the life of the group. .Without their devotion and love, the Society would not be the amazing group that it is today. For this and for all the other little things they …

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