July 30, August 1 and 3, 8:00 p.m.

Grand Théâtre de Québec, Salle Louis-Fréchette

Hero, traitor, or martyr? This opera tells the story of controversial Métis leader Louis Riel and the saga of how Western Canada was won. Composed by Harry Somers for the centenary of Confederation in 1967, we are bringing back the production in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its creation. A wonderful opportunity to take a trip back into our fascinating history and learn about a figure able to spark polarizing debate still  to this day.

Over 30 soloists, 40 chorus members, and 35 extras will take the stage at Quebec City’s Grand Théâtre to tell this unique Canadian historical saga.

Music: Harry Somers
Libretto: Mavor Moore

Sung in English, French, and Cree with French and English surtitles.

Running time (estimated): two hours, 50 minutes including two intermissions


Eminent anthropologist Serge Bouchard will give a 30-minute talk about Louis Riel and the Métis before each performance (in French). Salle Louis-Fréchette lobby, 7:00 p.m.


Russell Braun

Louis Riel

James Westman

Sir John A. Macdonald

Simone Osborne

Marguerite Riel

Allyson McHardy

Julie Riel

Alain Coulombe

Bishop Taché

Serge Bouchard


Conductor: Jacques Lacombe
Director: Peter Hinton
Set Designer: Michael Gianfrancesco
Costume Designer: Gillian Gallow
Lighting Designer: Bonnie Beecher

Opéra de Québec Chorus
Orchestre symphonique de Québec

A Canadian Opera Company and National Arts Centre coproduction.