Stu&Jess Productions do it again

If you are in Montreal this May, don’t miss Stu&Jess Productions presentation of Ravel’s classic “L’Heure Espagnole”.


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Stu&Jess Productions has made it their mission to present talented, young singers in unique, non-traditional venues. “L’Heure Espagnole” marks the third collaboration of Stuart Martin and Jessica Derventzis, the creative team behind Stu&Jess Productions, their first success having been with Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium” in the fall of 2013, which was presented in a re-envisioned church. Their production Ravel’s comedic classic,  “L’Heure Espagnole”, will be given a modern twist in the upper floor warehouse of the Techno-Lith paper company in Montreal (aka the New City Gas complex).

It is the clockmaker Torquemada’s day to regulate the municipal clocks, and consequently, it is wife Concepción’s day to entertain her lover. When Ramiro, a muleteer, visits the clockshop to have his watch repaired, Concepción worries that his presence will ruin her rendezvous with the poet Gonzalve. To distract Ramiro, Concepción asks him to carry out various tasks. Another suitor, Don Inigo, arrives, and a hilarious attempt to hide the lovers from each other and smuggle each of them to her bedroom without Ramiro noticing ensues. Finally, Concepción–weary of her suitors’ antics–exits with the virile muleteer. Torquemada returns, delighted to see so many eager customers with his wife. This opera is performed in French with English subtitles and runs just under an hour.

This production is made possible by the “Dandy Andy Award for Performance Arts” from the Main & Station Nonesuch Residency program.

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