Prescott – The Fort Town Concert Association will close 36 years of presenting concerts with a Jeunesses Musicales Canada production of Offenbach’s comic opera La belle Hélène. It will take place this Friday March 29th, 7:30 pm at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Prescott.
Directed by Alain Gauthier and featuring a cast made up of the best young opera talent in the country, La belle Hélène is full of humour, plot twists, and wit. In three acts the opera describes the zany strategies used by the Greek prince and hero Paris to woe Helen, the ravishing queen of Sparta whose love was promised by the goddess Venus. Paris shows little consideration for Helen’s timid attempts at resisting his seductive advances nor is he deterred by the fact that she is already married to King Menelas.
The role of Pâris is sung by Mathieu Abel, tenor; Hélène is sung by Maude Côté-Gendron, mezzo-soprano; Oreste by Charlotte Gagnon, mezzo-soprano; Calchas by David Turcotte, bass-baritone; Agamemnon by Dominic Veilleux, baritone; and Ménélas by Richard-Nicolas Villeneuve, tenor. Bryce Lansdell will accompany on the piano. Don’t miss this fantastic production complete with sets, costumes, lighting, and surtitles.
The evening is sponsored by Dr. Kim Hanson, Dr. James Holmes, Dr. Lance McIntosh and Dr. Gauri Shankar. FTCA is very grateful to its many patrons for their very generous support over the years.
Tickets at the door : Adults: $30. Students have free admission.