Founded in 2013 by a group of friends, BOP has presented to date nine productions including Le Vin herbé, an unruly pop-opera featuring more than seventy artists, with choreography by Dave St-Pierre, staging direction by Philippe Boutin, and costume design by Denis Gagnon; the fiscal-baroque opera Nero and The Fall of Lehman Brothers, played in the basement of a Villeray neighbourhood church; the ritualistic and mystical Le Vaisseau-cœur, Arte Musica’s 2019–2020 season-opening even and the original musical Please Thrill Me, written by Sean Nicholas Savage.
BOP is the winner of the Prix de la relève Caisse Desjardins de la Culture (2019) and of the “Découverte de l’année” Opus Prize (2016).
BOP’s mission is to create multidisciplinary shows that revolve around contemporary art music, and to present them in an immersive environment that fosters the emotional experience of the audience.
BOP invites Montreal and Quebec audiences to discover lesser known art music works as well as partake in the premiers of original compositions. The company collaborates with visionary artists from diverse disciplines to produce its projects. Without ignoring more traditional venues, BOP mostly presents its shows outside of usual performance spaces.
BOP adopts a community- and relationship-based approach with audiences, musicians, artists, as well as with the members of the administration council, the volunteers, family members and friends. All share in the success and achievements of the company.
BOP’s shows are built on notions of accessibility, community and fun. They are addressed to all types of audience members—from the neophyte to the well versed—and strive to break down the traditional barriers of the respective art forms presented.