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Festival d’Opéra de Québec starts off on a high note

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec opened on July 25 with a concert featuring the magnificent voices of four Canadian sopranos. Billed as a concert “under the stars” in the courtyard of the Vieux-Séminaire de Québec, it was moved inside the Basilique Notre-Dame de Québec due to possible thundershowers.

Pelléas et Mélisande commemorates composer Claude Debussy

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec presented the concert version of Claude Debussy’s operatic masterpiece Pelléas et Mélisande to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Under the direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the youthful Orchestre de la Francophonie performed at the Palais Montcalm along with many of the brightest operatic voices in France and Quebec.

The Brigade Lyrique livens up city parks during the FOQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Almost every day (weather permitting) during the Festival d’Opéra de Québec (FOQ), a quartet of singers and a pianist have been driving around Quebec City giving free 30-40 minute performances to appreciative audiences.

David Jacques handles antique baroque guitars with loving care

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Guitarist David Jacques was the solo performer at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on July 25 as part of the Musical Wednesdays concert series. He brought two unique baroque guitars with him, one of which was made in France in 1665 by the famous Voboam family of luthiers.

Emily Brontë remembered on her 200th birthday

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Photo: Portrait by Patrick Branwell Brontë from Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

It’s difficult to imagine the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire moors without thinking of Heathcliff and his beloved Cathy in Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights.

Community Calendar

July 24 to Aug. 6 – Festival d’Opéra de Québec: For information and tickets, visit festivaloperaquebec.com.

July 31 to Aug. 12 – Plein Art, le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec at Espace 400e in the Vieux-Port area of Quebec City. Over 100 professional artisans display their wares.

Hidden English History in Portneuf, Part 3: A tale of two churches

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Photo: courtesy of Glen Marcotte, via Lay Readers' Association of Montreal
The Portneuf region is rich in stories, and Glen Marcotte has heard many of them. 

“Edward Rutherfurd could write a wonderful novel about Portneuf,” says Marcotte, referring to the author of several bestselling historical fiction sagas. 

U.S. Consulate Independence Day party makes a game of shared history​

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Photo: courtesy of Faten Abdallah
The annual Independence Day reception hosted by the United States Consul General in Quebec City was almost two weeks late this year. It’s not unusual for the consulate to host the July 4 event on another date, but this year the diplomatic mission had a solid excuse. 

Lost in translation in Helsinki

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Photo: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

The summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 generated a tremendous amount of turmoil and anger towards the president of the United States.

Hard for women to crack the concrete ceiling in construction

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Some 150,000 construction workers downed tools last week and dispersed to various destinations, the beaches of Maine being a popular choice. It’s a phenomenon unique to Quebec since 1970, this two-week statutory construction holiday. Another phenomenon, or perhaps simply stark reality, is that very few of the holidaying construction workers enjoying a much-deserved break will be women.