With L’Opéra concertant, Trio Hochelaga explores the music of the Swiss composer and conductor Ernest Alder (1853-1904). The recording showcases Alder’s trio arrangements of arias from classic 19th-century French operas, such as Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer; Mignon by Thomas; Werther by Massenet; and Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns.
Founded in 2000, Trio Hochelaga has distinguished itself on the Canadian musical scene as one of the country's most important ensembles. This is the final recording by Trio Hochelaga in its original formation, as Stéphane Lemelin and Paul Marleyn left the trio in the summer of 2012. The new Trio Hochelaga unites three longtime friends; violinist Anne Robert, who founded the ensemble in 2000, pianist Marie Fabi and cellist Carole Sirois. In the summer of 2012, these three acclaimed musicians – close colleagues since their years of musical study and throughout their performing careers – reunited to form the new Trio Hochelaga. They bring to the ensemble a broad range of musical experience and shared artistic ideals. Their performances will captivate audiences by infusing the extensive repertoire for this instrumental combination with renewed energy and inspiration.