Louis Riel – opera or a musical drama?

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Billy Merasty, a First Nations actor from Manitoba, who played the role of Poundmaker and the Chief of the Assembly of the Land, comforts Louis Riel (Russell Braun) after a dramatic encounter in church. Members of the Opera de Québec choir look on in judgement.

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec took quite a risk by staging Louis Riel as the major production of this year’s week-long musical extravaganza.