Opéra Plus

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Whether you are an opera aficionado, or are just tempted to discover the talent of the tenors. Opera Plus takes you to La Scalla and beyond to explore the most popular operas and choral music from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as recitals from the greatest singers. From Handel and Mozart to Gilbert and Sullivan, from Pavarotti to Callas and Heppner.

Music Programmer


John-Paul McVea

John-Paul de Lachrimae, a.k.a. John-Paul McVea, programs channels of classical music. During his life he hopes to absorb and pass on knowledge that came from before. Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the Well-Tempered Clavier intending for it to be a manual of keyboard instruction? The objective was to train church organists. Lachrimae is fortunate to live in Montreal where there are such beautiful church organs, and a personal goal is to rattle some stained glass windows with his own fingertips.

The viola and the dulcimer round out his musical trifecta. Lachrimae has one book and one pop song to his name. He has been to Ephesus, the city of Troy, and the Church of St. Nicholas at Demre, and has seen an olive tree, a Joshua tree, a palm tree, and a cypress tree. This was before he learned to travel light. The future includes a pilgrimage in Spain, a stint in Portland, Oregon, and a great migration to see penguins in Chile, if by that time there are any left. His favourite folk song includes the line, “One bright morning, when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away.”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Giuseppe Verdi
Giacomo Puccini
Johannes Brahms
Franz Schubert
Johann Sebastian Bach
George Frideric Handel
Antonio Vivaldi
Placido Domingo
Gaetano Donizetti


Franck: Panis Angelicus
Pierre Boutet & Sylvain Doyon
Come un bel di di maggio - Andrea Chenier
Jon Vickers, Tullio Serafin & Rome Opera Orchestra
Exaltate omnes
Christopher Jackson & Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
Puccini: Donna non vidi mai simile a questa-Manon Lescaut
Richard Margison, Richard Bradshaw & Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
De Profundis
Elora Festival Singers, Jurgen Petrenko & Noel Edison
Brahms: Wenn so lind dein Auge mir -Liebeslieder Waltzes
Vancouver Chamber Choir & Jon Washburn
Immenso amore
Nathalie Choquette
Schumann: Lieder
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Julius Drake
Ponchielli: Cielo e mar - La Gioconda
Anne Sofie von Otter, Richard Bradshaw & Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
Cantate Domino Canticum Novum
Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison & Jurgen Petrenko