Prélude à l’opéra
Chants Libres presents

Prélude à l’opéra

From January 21st to 24th 2021
  • January 21st 2021
    8:00 pm – 8:30 pm / Doors: 7:45 pm
  • January 22nd 2021
    12:00 am – 11:45 pm
  • January 23rd 2021
    12:00 am – 11:45 pm
  • January 24th 2021
    12:00 am – 11:45 pm
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. In French with English subtitles. More info.

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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. In French with English subtitles. More info.

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. chantslibres.org

Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM)

The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), founded in 1989 by conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt, is a 15-musician chamber orchestra offering a cogent interpretation of contemporary music by granting it the time and attention it deserves. Its repertoire, based on 20th-century classics, reflects the variety of contemporary esthetics, is open to music from around the world and gives significant exposure to new works. Its concerts, open rehearsals and meetings with composers are special opportunities for discussion and reflection. The ensemble-in-residence of the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music, the NEM has played in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Australia, China, Singapore and 8 European countries (Germany, England, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands). Since its inception, more than 187 works have been written especially for the NEM. The NEM has released 34 CDs, under the labels ProNEM, ATMA and UMMUS (Montreal), Dober- man-Yppan (Quebec City), New World Records, Composers Recording, Inc. (New York), Auvidis Montaigne and Empreinte Digitale (Paris), Éole Records (Toulouse) and ABC Classics (Australia). The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne receives support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. lenem.ca