Les Feluettes is an opera in two acts by composer Kevin March and librettist Michel Marc Bouchard. The opera was commissioned by Opéra de Montréal and premiered in 2016.
Based on the play Les Feluettes: ou la Répetition d’un drama romantique by Michel Marc Bouchard, Les Feluettes tells the story of Simon Doucet, wrongly imprisoned for murder, who summons Bishop Jean Bilodeau to hear his last confession. Upon his arrival, the bishop is kidnapped by Simon and his fellow inmates and forced to watch a re-creation of events that took place forty years earlier when Simon and Bishop Bilodeau were schoolmates and when Simon was in love with Vallier de Tilly, a young French aristocrat exiled with his mother to Quebec. Simon’s purpose: get Bilodeau to confess to the crime he’d committed and for which Simon was unjustly condemned.
Since its premiere in 2016, Les Feluettes has been produced by Pacific Opera Victoria (2017) and Edmonton Opera (2017). The opera has been seen by 20,000 opera goers and has received more than a dozen glowing reviews. The Montréal production was nominated for the coveted Opus Award and the Edmonton production received two Sterling Award nominations.
21 May 2016, Opéra de Montréal. Montréal, Quebec, Canada, Director: Serg Denoncourt, Conductor: Timothy Vernon, Orchestre de Metropolitan
Monseigneur Jean Bilodeau: tenor
Le Vieux Simon: baritone
Simon Doucet: baritone
Le Comte Vallier de Tilly: tenor
Le Père Saint-Michel: bass-baritone
Jean Bilodeau: tenor
La Comtesse Marie-Laure de Tilly: baritone
Timothée Doucet: bass-baritone
Le Baron de Hüe: bass-baritone
Mademoiselle Lydie-Anne de Rozier: countertenor
2/2/2/2 with doublings | 4/2/2/1
timp. | 2 perc. | 2 hp.
folk band (accordion, fiddle, wooden spoons)
stgs. 8/6/4/2/2 min.
A complete piano-vocal score for Les Feluettes as well as four arias from Les Feluettes is available through the Australian Music Centre. To access these scores, please click here.