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‘Pirates of Penzance (May-June 2013)   Interview CBC Daybreak (recorded 2013-04-30) For MWOS ‘Pirates’ interview (featuring Rod MacLeod, Romy Gendelman, Simon Charette with Yanick’s rendition of ‘Poor Wand’ring One’ …in the background: cue up to 14:38 to 18:53

http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/Daybreak%2BMontreal/ID/2382528665/

C’est tout à fait magique… et insolite

Canada – Orphée aux enfers / Orpheus in the Underworld (Critique)

Le Samedi 5 mai 2012 à 10 h 38 min | Par André Lapointe | Rubrique : Critique, Vivo Musique Internationale 

Notre avis :

Orphée aux enfers, satire de la mythologie antique, raconte l’histoire d’Orphée qui, après avoir vu sa femme, la belle Eurydice, enlevée par Pluton, le dieu des enfers, tente de la libérer malgré les convoitises de Jupiter… et les réticences de la principale concernée ! Pour cette version, le metteur en scène Mireck Metelski a déplacé l’histoire dans le Hollywood des années 20 : c’est tout à fait magique… et insolite.Accompagnée de six musiciens, la troupe a su faire honneur à l’œuvre de Jacques Offenbach. On ne peut que saluer l’excellent travail d’Étienne Cousineau dans le rôle de Cupidon, tandis que Philippe Bolduc nous offre un Jupiter plutôt sympathique et drôle. On regrette toutefois qu’à certains moments les interprètes se laissent envahir par la musique parfois si forte que l’on perd quelques phrases chantées.La société opératique de Montréal-Ouest a eu l’excellente idée de présenter Orphée aux enfers dans une version bilingue ; textes en anglais et chansons dans la langue de Molière. L’ajout de sous-titres déployés sur des moniteurs de chaque côté de la scène a été apprécié par le public. Une traduction intégrale des textes aurait sans doute été un atout. Pour bien représenter l’époque, Rachel Germinario a fait un travail merveilleux sur les costumes. En revanche, côté décors, quelques ajustements devraient être apportés, notamment lors du déplacement des décors que l’on souhaiterait un peu plus silencieux.Orphée aux enfers est une opérette à découvrir pour ses chansons humoristiques comme « les couplets des regrets » ou bien « le duo de la mouche », son ambiance colorée et sa légèreté.

Orphée aux enfers  / Orpheus in the Underworld :
12 mai 2012 – Montreal West Town Hall, 50 Avenue Westminster Sud, Montréal-Ouest, Québec H4X 1L7
16 et 18 mai 2012 – Victoria Hall, 4626 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Westmount, QuébeC H3Y 2X2

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 “It’s Quite Magical…and Unusual”

Canada – Orphée aux enfers / Orpheus in the Underworld (Critique)

Le Samedi 5 mai 2012 à 10 h 38 min | Par André Lapointe | Rubrique : Critique, Vivo Musique Internationale 

Our opinion (Translation):

Orpheus in the Underworld, a satire from ancient mythology, is the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. After seeing his wife – the beautiful Eurydice, abducted by Pluto – god of the Underworld; Orpheus attempts to free her from the lusts of Jupiter … albeit reluctantly! For this version, the director Mireck Metelski moved the story in the Hollywood of the 20s: it’s quite magical … and unusual.

Accompanied by six musicians, the troupe was able to honour the work of Jacques Offenbach. One can only commend the excellent work of Étienne Cousineau in the role of Cupid, while Philippe Bolduc‘s Jupiter provides us with a rather sympathetic and funny rendition. We regret, however, that at times the performers allow themselves to be overwhelmed by the music sometimes so strong that one loses a few phrases sung.

The Montreal West Operatic Society has had the excellent idea to present Orpheus in the Underworld in a bilingual version, English lyrics and songs in the language of Molière. Adding subtitles monitors deployed on each side of the stage was appreciated by the audience. A full translation of the texts might have been an asset. To represent the time, Rachel Germinario did a wonderful job on the costumes. However, with the set decorations, some adjustments should be made, especially when moving scenery that we would like it a little quieter.

Orpheus in the Underworld is an operetta to be discovered for its colourful and light, humorous songs such as “verses of regret” or “the duet of the fly”.

Orpheus in the Underworld / Orpheus in the Underworld:
May 12, 2012 – Montreal West Town Hall, 50 Westminster Avenue South, Montreal West, Quebec H4X 1L7
May 16 and May 18, 2012 – Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke Street West, Westmount, Quebec H3Y 2X2

La société opératique de Montréal-Ouest

RegardeEnCoulisse.com                                 Le Vendredi 20 avril 2012

Par André Lapointe

Orphée aux enfers, présenté dans une version bilingue !

Dès le 3 mai prochain, la Montreal West Operatic Society présentera sa toute première production bilingue, Orphée aux enfers / Orpheus in the Underworld, de Jacques Offenbach.

Ce satyre de la mythologie antique raconte l’histoire d’Orphée qui, après avoir vu sa femme, la belle Eurydice, enlevée par Pluton, le dieu des enfers, tentera de la libérer malgré les convoitises de Jupiter… et les réticences de la principale concernée ! Mis en scène par Mireck Metelski, ce classique d’Offenbach a été transporté, pour cette production, dans le Hollywood des années ’20. La direction musicale est assurée par Alexandra Fol et les chorégraphies sont d’Etienne Cousineau.

Fondée en 1939, la compagnie n’a, jusqu’à maintenant, produit que des opérettes de Gilbert & Sullivan, dans leurs versions originales anglaises. En 1940, The Pirates of Penzance fût la première d’une longue série d’opérettes. Cette année, la Montreal West Operatic Society a choisi d’élargir ses horizons en incorporant une œuvre d’Offenbach, à son répertoire. Orphée aux enfers /Orpheus in the Underworld conservera ses chansons dans leurs versions originales françaises, et les dialogues seront traduits en anglais. Par ailleurs, afin que tous puissent apprécier la portée de l’œuvre, elle sera sur-titrée dans son intégralité, en anglais et en français.

La distribution d’Orphée aux enfers /Orpheus in the Underworld sera composée de chanteurs/interprètes issus de la scène francophone et anglophone montréalaise : Yanick Alexandre (Eurydice – en alternance), Philippe Bolduc (Jupiter), Etienne Cousineau (Cupidon), Gary Iannacone (Orphée), Julija Karakorska (Minerve), Zoé LaTerreur (Eurydice – en alternance), John Marino (Styx), Andrew MacDougall (Mars), Rodrigo Monardes (Pluton), Kripa Nagershwar (Diane), Marie-Michèle Rivest (Junon), Magali Simard-Galdès (Vénus), Jonathan Vaillancourt-Ouellette (Mercure), et Kathrin Welte (L’opinion publique), ainsi qu’un chœur d’une douzaine de voix complètera la distribution.

Orphée aux enfers / Orpheus in the Underworld :
Théâtre Rialto, du 3 au 5 mai 2012.
Montreal West Town Hall, le 12 mai 2012
Victoria Hall, les 16 et 18 mai 2012.

Les billets sont disponibles au coût de 25,00$ / adulte (55 ans et plus = 20,00$), 15,00$ / étudiant et 72,00$ / famille (2 adultes et 2 étudiants ou aînés) par téléphone au 514-990-8813 ou par courriel à tickets@mwos.org. Les billets pour la série du Rialto peuvent être achetés sur Ticketpro.ca.

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The Montreal West Operatic Society

THE INFORMER – Montreal West’s Viewpaper              APRIL-MAY, 2012

Wouldn’t it be nice to be immortal?

Well, let’s find out by following Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.  There could be a surprise or two.  For example, who could imagine that Olympus might be one eternal boring paradise, and that its gods and demi-gods could go on strike for more interesting conditions?  Or, that Jupiter, God of gods, is a bumbling father, husband and philanderer with one eye cocked on a pretty ankle and the other on the lashings of public opinion; or that a wild party in Hades is just the thing to relieve the tedium of immortality.

Our trip to the Underworld is put together by a young and energetic production team: Mireck Metelski (stage director), Elena Cerrolaza (set designer), Rachel Germinario (costume designer & graphic artist) and Robert O’Brien (producer) to mention a few.  Offenbach’s sparkling music is interpreted and conducted by our dynamic music director, Dr. Alexandra Fol and her assistant, Simon Rivard. The ‘knockout voices’ (Pat Donnelly, The Gazette) are supported by an instrumental sextet, including the versatile Benjamin Kwong on piano.

All this, and more, are yours to discover in the Montreal West Operatic Society’s bilingual production of this beloved opéra bouffe classic playing at: Rialto Theatre (5723 av. du Parc) on May 3, 4 & 5 at 20:00 and on May 5 at 14:00, Montreal West Town Hall (50 av. Westminster S.) on May 12 at 19:30, and Victoria Hall (4626 rue Sherbrooke O.) on May 16 and 18 at 19:30.

Discounts, Prizes, Restaurant specials, and food bank donations – is there anything this production doesn’t have?

For tickets, and other information, please visit mwos.org or phone 514-990-8813.

Montreal West Operatic Society – great music in a good cause.   A proud supporter of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

from Kerry McKeown

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THE INFORMER – Montreal West’s Viewpaper               MARCH-APRIL, 2012

Montreal West Operatic Society “Knockout voices” and more

Preparations for MWOS’s production of  Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld are intensifying as showtime approaches on May 3 at the Rialto Theatre. We are officially “off-book”, leads are in place and, from now on, it will be rehearse, rehearse and drill, drill, drill.

We had the opportunity to showcase a snippet of the production at the Quebec Drama Federation’s promotion of future shows at the Rialto Theatre. The Gazette’s theatre critic, Pat Donnelly, has us featuring: “some knockout voices” and who are we to disagree! The next time we strut our stuff, it will be in the garb of the Roaring Twenties Hollywood. Yes, you read this correctly, MWOS stage director, Mireck Metelski has bumped Orpheus ahead several millennia to the prohibition era. How will he do it? Don’t ask; don’t tell.

One thing can be noted, however, and that is that our costume designer, Rachel Germinario, will have us dressed to the appropriate nines. Rachel has been pulling sartorial rabbits out hats for many of our productions and for those of other companies such as McGill Savoy. She is a couturière for any age or class and her endeavours share the podium with our principals and chorus in bringing our productions to life.

For tickets to our Rialto, Montreal West Town Hall and Victoria Hall shows, and other information, please visit mwos.org or phone 514-990-8813.

from Kerry McKeown

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THE INFORMER – Montreal West’s Viewpaper               FEBRUARY- MARCH, 2012

Finding its French roots

This spring, the MWOS is making une grande démarche in staging the first full length classical operetta or opéra bouffe, Orphée aux Enfers / Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach. MWOS, Canada’s oldest Gilbert and Sullivan company, has been producing the works of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan exclusively since 1939. This is a departure, but not such a departure as one would think: Offenbach’s works appeared in London bilingually ten years before Gilbert & Sullivan and drove the audiences wild for more. So, in embracing Offenbach, MWOS is digging deeper into its G&S roots and hoping to acquire a bilingual following.

“We decided to do a bilingual production and branch out into the works of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s French contemporaries and inspiration, Jacques Offenbach,” said Elena Cerrolaza, MoWester and the MWOS set designer. “It is an exciting time for all of us because of the extraordinary talent of so many francophone and bilingual performers who
have joined this production.”

This vein of gold will be on exhibit at the Rialto Theatre May 3-5 and Victoria Hall on May 16-18. This will be a unique theatre experience and it should be an “I was there” moment. If you have interest, talent or skills to bring to the production, contact MWOS at: info@mwos.org or visit www.mwos.org.

from Kerry McKeown

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THE INFORMER – Montreal West’s Viewpaper               JANUARY-FEBRUARY, 2012

The evening of December 19 might have been one to forget. Soggy winds, howling rain squalls and icy puddles conspired to drown any Christmas spirit in the streets of Montreal West. Yet, it was not so, in fact, quite the opposite and all thanks to the generous spirits of Montreal West townspeople.

Let us explain: Members of the MW Operatic Society hit selected streets of the Town on December 19, carolling door to door. “Our goal was to raise as much money as possible for the Montreal Children’s Hospital (the MWOS charity) while carolling, as we do every year,” explained chorister Elena Cerrolaza.

This year, MWOS sent out flyers inviting Mo-Westers to make donations in person, online, by mail or even by phone with a pick-up service.

“Our neighbours were incredibly generous,” enthused Rod MacLeod, a longtimemember of MWOS and MoWester from birth. “We were able to raise more than $1200 in just three hours!” said MWOS treasurer and singer, Andrew Macdougall.

“The outpouring of generosity included dog-walkers running up to us with a fistful of bills, having missed us on our tour. Another generous soul, finding he was short of cash, went off to the nearest bank machine and returned with a $60 donation! Despite the economic downturn, the citizens of Montreal West were more generous than ever before, by my reckoning.”

Over the years, the MW Operatic Society has been able to contribute more than $100,000 to the MCHF through its carolling events and other activities. This, in large part, is due to the open hearts and wallets of our community.

Not to be missed!
If you missed the carolling at Christmas, you can catch up on good music in a good cause at our shows: Hail! Unity (January 27 at 8 pm) at St.George’s Anglican Church (1101 Stanley Street) and Offenbach’s outrageous Orpheus in The Underworld in May. Anyone interested in supporting MoWest’s very own operatic troupe is invited to visit the MWOS website www.mwos.org and come to a show!

from Shelagh Glover and
Kerry McKeown

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THE INFORMER – Montreal West’s Viewpaper              NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, 2011

Hark! the Carollers

The MoWest Operatic Society will be serenading MoWesters in the streets of the Town on December 19. Collections for our charity, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, will be sought. Should you miss us and wish to make a donation to the MCH foundation, please contact us (marketing@mwos.org or 990-8813) and we’ll spin by to collect your donation, or make a contribution online at CanadaHelps.org and specify MCHF.  Happy Holidays!

Testimonials

“The best MWOS show I have seen in 35 years…” (Friday, May 4th show)

The production of “Orpheus in the Underworld” at the Rialto was the best MWOS show I have seen in 35 years recording this group.  The soloists were simply stunning. The chorus was tight and very well rehearsed and presented. 3 …

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