What a digital baroque opera looks like

On Saturday, the Montreal Baroque Festival and Pop Montreal co-presented a unique musical spectacle by local artists Party Like It’s 1699: Le Pop d’Époque, with music by Mozart’s Sister, Majical Cloudz and Syngja. Photographer Cindy Lopez captured some scenes from the digitized fantasy theatre performance.


Le Pop d’Époque. Photos by Cindy Lopez

On Saturday night, the Montreal Baroque Festival and Pop Montreal presented a unique musical spectacle by local crew Party Like It’s 1699 at Théâtre St-James: Le Pop d’Époque, a digital baroque opera. The show combined 18th-century instruments (namely traverso, hautboy, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord) and “digitized audiovisual performances” by Mozart’s Sister, Majical Cloudz and Syngja, framed by a three-dimensional theatre set enhanced by stop-motion animation, trompe l’oeil and digital effects.

The show was preceded by a spoken word performance by Canadian supermodel Irina Lazareanu, readings by This Is Happening Whether You Like It or Not’s Ashley Opheim & Guillaume Morissette, plus 18th-century-inspired Suites for solo harpsichord composed by D’Eon. Cindy Lopez captured some scenes from the spectacle.

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