PRÉLUDE À L'OPÉRA - FREE
Chants Libres and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne present

PRÉLUDE À L'OPÉRA - FREE

May 11th 2021
For more information about this event, please contact Chants Libres at communications@chantslibres.org.

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Play and unplay the missing pages of the score!

Filmed in the deserted Monument-National, this digital event outmanoeuvres constraints imposed by COVID in order to present you with several excerpts from L’orangeraie, the opera that saw its creation postponed to October 2021.

To this end, Sébastien Ricard brings to life Mikaël, a writer and key character in Larry Tremblay's work, who leads us to experience absence in all of its scenic dimensions. Armed by the words and music of L'orangeraie, he imagines, sees and hears the artists who, like him, haunt the empty hall. With limited means, he brings certain excerpts back to life, in order to unleash hope... and creation.

With the music of Zad Moultaka and the libretto of Larry Tremblay, this prelude is conceived and staged by Pauline Vaillancourt, in co-direction with Manuel A. Codina, and under the musical direction of Lorraine Vaillancourt. A production by Chants Libres, co-produced with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM).

Length: 28 minutes. Online program.
In French with English subtitles. More info.
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Media Talk

Des moments d'une troublante beauté
- Éric Champagne, Revue L'opéra

La facture de ce Prélude laisse entrevoir une solide production
- Alain-Martin Richard, REVUE JEU

Un très beau travail de montage, des cadrages justes et des éclairages impeccables
- Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

Press review

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Play and unplay the missing pages of the score!

Filmed in the deserted Monument-National, this digital event outmanoeuvres constraints imposed by COVID in order to present you with several excerpts from L’orangeraie, the opera that saw its creation postponed to October 2021.

To this end, Sébastien Ricard brings to life Mikaël, a writer and key character in Larry Tremblay's work, who leads us to experience absence in all of its scenic dimensions. Armed by the words and music of L'orangeraie, he imagines, sees and hears the artists who, like him, haunt the empty hall. With limited means, he brings certain excerpts back to life, in order to unleash hope... and creation.

With the music of Zad Moultaka and the libretto of Larry Tremblay, this prelude is conceived and staged by Pauline Vaillancourt, in co-direction with Manuel A. Codina, and under the musical direction of Lorraine Vaillancourt. A production by Chants Libres, co-produced with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM).

Length: 28 minutes. Online program.
In French with English subtitles. More info.
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Media Talk

Des moments d'une troublante beauté
- Éric Champagne, Revue L'opéra

La facture de ce Prélude laisse entrevoir une solide production
- Alain-Martin Richard, REVUE JEU

Un très beau travail de montage, des cadrages justes et des éclairages impeccables
- Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

Press review

Chants Libres, compagnie lyrique de création

Founded in 1990 by soprano Pauline Vaillancourt, in association with Joseph St-Gelais and Renald Tremblay, Chants Libres offers an operatic repertoire adapted to the colours of modernity, constantly exploring new techniques and approaches to vocal art, and working in close collabor- ation with creators and researchers of all disciplines. For 30 years Chants Libres has played an essential role in the production and the diffusion of new operatic works. Through the originality and the diversity of its approach, Chants Libres takes the risk of creation. After having seen international premieres in Montreal, the company’s 16 creations have toured the world. Noted by 8 large-scale festivals, its works have been performed in Venezuela, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and Holland. A trailblazing organization, Chants Libres seeks to raise awareness of the richness of new operatic forms among creators, performers and the public. The company was host of the international conference New-OP 8 (now Opera21) and has produced 6 editions of the biannual event Oper’Actuel works in progress. The impact of Chants Libres’ mission and its creations on the whole of the international operatic scene has been recognized through numerous prizes.

Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM)

Founded in 1989 by Lorraine Vaillancourt, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) is a chamber orchestra consisting of 15 musicians which offers compelling performances of today’s music, giving it the time and attention it deserves. Ensemble in residence at the music faculty of l’Université de Montréal, its repertoire, based on of the 20th and 21st centuries classics, reflects the variety of current esthetics, is open to music from all the continents and reserves a special role for creation. The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne receives grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.