Lots of “Firsts”

14 Jan
A painting of Joseph Quesnel, ca 1808 1809, by...

A painting of Joseph Quesnel, by Gerritt Schipper. Collection du Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On January 14, 1790, Joseph Quesnel premieres his opera Colas et Colinette in Montreal, a “comedy in prose intermixed with ariettas.”

It was the first opera performed in Canada at the Théâtre de Société, and most likely the first operatic work with original music written in Canada, and arguably is the first in North America.

On January 21, 1790, the Gazette de Montréal wrote, “the work pleases first, then charms, then delights… The applause was duly merited and did credit both to the author and to the audience.”

For more on the play,I suggest The Canadian Encyclopedia; and while there you can read about Joseph Quesnel; and the Théâtre de Société.
There’s also this great site I just learned about, the Canadian Music Center (CMC). And The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online has a great article on Joseph Quesnel as well, definitely a good read.


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4 responses to “Lots of “Firsts”

  1. First Night Design

    June 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Rogues & Vagabonds.

  2. tkmorin

    January 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Yes, he is definitely a Canadian icon! And I hear Nova Scotia is nice — and photos I’ve seen certainly reflect that —tough I’ve never been myself. Thanks for the visit!

  3. Jack

    January 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Many years ago, I had the privilege of visiting Nova Scotia. It was a beautiful place! I remember seeing the late Canadian actor Lorne Greene’s farm there. I hope I’ll get to visit Nova Scotia again, as well as other Canadian sites.


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