Radio visit to Montreal pop-opera concert a sample of cultural chasm between Ontario and Quebec
CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera airs a Montreal Symphony Orchestra concert featuring music from two musical-theatre shows that are extremely popular in Quebec, but nearly unknown in adjoining Ontario: Starmania and Notre-Dame de Paris. The books for both were written by Quebecer Luc Plamondon.
Starmania may be 32 years old (Notre-Dame is 12), but it's still worth a listen, especially given the opportunity to hear tenor Marc Hervieux in a genre in which he feels most comfortable.
The CBC broadcast starts at 1 p.m. EDST.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here is Réjane Perry singing about going through the motions while dreaming of a better life, in "La complainte de la serveuse automate," from Starmania, from a late-'80s production. She is followed by Bruno Pelletier in the opening number from Notre-Dame de Paris.