Opera for 6 soloists and a chorus — 7 musicians and tape
  • Music: Kristin Norderval
  • Libretto: Naomi Wallace
  • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    • May 12 2016
    Public discussion
    Café Quebecor — Monument-National
    Montréal, Québec
    • May 19 to May 21, 2016
    Salle Ludger-Duvernay — Monument-National
    Montréal, Québec

What’s New?

  • Art and horror

    A prelude to the world premiere of The Trials of Patricia Isasa

    Chants Libres presents, in collaboration with Amnesty international, a public discussion called “Art and horror” on Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5 to 7 PM, at the café of the Monument-National (Free admission). As a prelude to the world premiere of its new opera The Trials of Patricia Isasa, artists and human rights activits will be gathered to discuss representation of horror — and torture — in arts.

    The discussion will be moderated by the filmmaker Patricio Henriquez (winner of the Gala du Cinéma québécois prize for best full feature documentary for Ouïghour, prisonniers de l’absurde), and panellists will be Kristin Norderval, composer of the opera and lead singer;

    Pauline Vaillancourt, Artistic and General Director of Chants Libres and Stage Director of the opera; Patricia Isasa,human rights activist from Argentina whose story inspired the opera; and Gilles Sabourin, activist for Amnistie internationale Canada francophone.

    Free admission

    News posted Thursday, April 21, 2016

  • The Trials of Patricia Isasa will be premiered from May 19-21, 2016

    Chants Libres’ new opera based on a true story

    16th new opera by Chants Libres, The Trials of Patricia Isasa will be premiered from May 19-21, 2016 at 8 PM at the Monument-National in the Quartier des spectacles.

    This socio-political piece by Kristin Norderval (composer) and Naomi Wallace (librettist), directed by Pauline Vaillancourt and designed by the artist Dominique Blain, tells the true story of the Argentinean human rights activist Patricia Isasa. The opera brings together six soloists, an actor and a chorus, accompanied by seven musicians conducted by Cristian Gort. Lighting by Nancy Bussières, costumes by Marianne Thériault and make-up by Jacques-Lee Pelletier.

    It is the first time Chants Libres produces an opera sung only in English.

    An opera about recent political history

    On March 24, 1976, 40 years ago, Argentina went through a military ‘Coup d’état’ and became a brutal dictatorship until 1983. During these dark times, 1.5 million people left the country and 30.000 were «disappeared». Patricia Isasa was one of the victims and also one of the rare survivors.

    While she was a young student, Patricia was imprisoned at the age of 16 and tortured for more than two years by the military Junta. 33 years after her release, she brought her cause and those of thousands of other victims before the courts and managed to put forward evidence about the abuse of power by the politicians at the time, to identify her torturers and to make them face justice. Today, she has dedicated her life to dismantling the Latin American Training Center — the so-called «school of crime» and protests at the side of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo so that truth and justice be known.

    The Trials of Patricia Isasa
    March 2016, 1m14s

    News posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • More news about our 2015-16 season

    Canti del Capricorno won the “Musical event of the year” prize

    Chants Libres awarded at the 2014-2015 Prix Opus gala

    Chants Libres won the 2014-2015 prix Opus for “Musical event of the year” for its remount of Canti del Capricorno by Giacinto Scelsi, a performance opera created by Pauline Vaillancourt in 1995 and presented in March 2015 at the Usine C. This seminal work from the company’s repertoire has been brought back to life twenty years later by the mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau, a rising star in contemporary opera.

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    Relive 25 years of lyric creation through a retrospective selection of photos from Ne blâmez jamais les bédouins to The Trials of Patricia Isasa, our next creation. We will also bring you behind the scenes of this new production!

    Discover our operas in their entirety on our YouTube channel.

    News posted Monday, February 29, 2016

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