Saison de concerts


Wellington Water Week Festival,

With Elinor Frey, cello


Kénogami, QC

With Elinor Frey and Michel Angers

- 8:00 PM

Le Temps des Forêts


Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

A musical and poetic work inspired by the personal stories of people living in long-term care facilities (CHSLDs), which pays tribute to the rich memories of our senio

A project developed in partnership with La Société pour les arts en milieu de santé (SAMS)

Suzie LeBlanc with the London Sinfonia

London, Ontario

Cozzolani Reunited

Directed by Lucas Harris

Redpath Hall, McGill University

Ariadne Lih, Nell Snaidas, Suzie LeBlanc, sopranos; Lucas Harris, theorbo; Erin Headley, lirone; Dorothéa Ventura, organ

Featuring newly reconstructed works by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602c.1677), abbess of the convent of Santa Radegonda in Milan. This convent housed one of the most celebrated ensembles of women musicians in early modern Italy and was one of the twenty Milanese female foundations whose music became famous between 1600 and 1700. Cozzolani was one of the most prolific nun-composers of her time, publishing four editions of sacred works. The tragically lost bass part to her first book of motets was recently reconstructed by Lucas Harris (theorbo player; musicologist; conductor) and the completed work will be presented in its world premiere

Songs without Words

McGill University

Catalina Vicens, keyboards

A concert and conversation with Chilean keyboard player Catalina Vicens (Leiden University; Royal Conservatory, Belgium). An exploration of 16th-Century Italy and the keyboard repertoire and stringed keyboard instruments that have been associated with female performers. Discover Isabella d’Este, a patroness of the arts directly involved with the development and commissions of new keyboard instruments for the court in Mantua. Illustrated with keyboard works drawn from the early and mid 16th-Century printed sources. 

Homage to the Hospitalières

Directed by Suzie LeBlanc and Célia Laguitton

Ancient Chapel of the Hotel-Dieu,
Pine Avenue, Montreal

Myriam LeBlanc, soprano; Célia Laguitton, narrator; Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal

Marrying music with history, this tribute journeys across time weaving words from the archives of the first Hospitalières to the reflections of today's nuns with music from 17th century cloisters and private religious gatherings. By combining their individual artistic practices, Suzie LeBlanc and Célia Laguitton will provide spectators with a sensory experience that offers insight into the heroic lives of these women and the devout music of the 17th-Century in both France and Quebec. With the magnificent voices of the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, this rich musical and theatrical creation honours the lives of those who took part in the foundation of Montreal, including Jeanne Mance who founded Hôtel-Dieu and co-founded Montreal.

Defence of Womankind

McGill University

Servir Antico (Belgium); directed by Catalina Vicens

A musical praise of women, with works by composers of the 15th-Century Burgundy and France presented on film. Texts by revolutionary writer Christine de Pizan (1364 – ca. 1430) and forward-thinking poet Martin Le Franc (ca. 1410 – 1460) provide a framework for the programme. She was harshly criticized for questioning the place, role, and society’s centuries-old treatment of women, and he, unlike most other men, championed her cause and brought awareness to the importance of women as active and multifaceted citizens in history. Vicens shares this work — recorded in Belgium specifically for the Festival — and takes the local audience behind the scenes with in-person insight and commentary

Milton in love

Directed by Erin Headley

Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University

Nell Snaidas, Ariadne Lih, Suzie LeBlanc, sopranos; Erin Headley, lirone and viola da gamba; Lucas Harris, theorbo; Antoine Malette-Chénier, triple harp

The program is inspired by the famous singer Leonora Baroni (1611–1670), who, from the age of sixteen, caused a sensation everywhere she appeared (poet John Milton was so captivated, he dedicated three Latin epigrams to her). She composed music and poetry, and was one of the few female members of the literary Accademia degli Umoristi (Academy of the Humorists).  Leonora’s solo repertoire most likely included the laments of Mary Magdalene, Helen of Troy, Artemisia and St. Catherine. “Milton in Love”, a narrated film created by Headley, with historical images and paintings will run in sync with performances of staged vocal works composed by Rome’s leading composers, Luigi Rossi, Marco Marazzoli and Domenico Mazzocchi.