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  • The performance opera Canti del Capricorno is presented in Montreal

    Chants Libres is remounting Canti del Capricorno, a performance opera by the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, that the company first created in 1995 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and that garnered much praise by critics and audiences alike.

    Alone on stage, the woman-Capricorno, wrapped in an impressive crinoline with an exaggerated sex organ, slowly removes her costume and begins a moulting process, like an initial path to the heart of a universe that is at once symbolic, mythical and dreamlike. Canti del Capricorno is an important example of «re-invented musical notation», an important milestone for the creation of new forms of opera.

    Scelsi’s music, which is extremely difficult to perform, was magnificently brought to life by Pauline Vaillancourt 20 years ago, and will be performed this time by the mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau, a rising star in contemporary opera.

    News posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014

  • Oper’actuel works in progress 2015

    Following the call for projects announced in April 2014, here is the list of composers and librettists chosen by the selection committee. A 20 minute excerpt of each opera will be presented the 27th and the 28th at the Maison de la Culture Frontenac.

    Denis Bosse composer (France) and Pascal Notet librettist (Belgium)
    la lettre volée, freely inspired by the short story by Edgar Allan Poe

    Rachel Burman Quebecois composer
    Opéra FOE

    Snezana Nesic composer and Tobias Ribitzki librettist (Germany)
    The Rain Passed Over

    Kristin Norderval composer (Norway) and Naomie Wallace librettist (United-States)
    The trials of Patricia Isasa

    News posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Chants Libres’ new season has begun!

    Created in 1995, the Canti del Capricorno by Giacinto Scelsi is coming back for another remount, this time at the Usine C in Montreal, March 12th to the 14th 2015, with a new performer, the mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau. An ambitious performance piece requiring the careful work of a watch-maker, the director Pauline Vaillancourt and her singer have started working to bring it to you. We hope to see you in large numbers for this entrancing production!

    News posted Friday, September 12, 2014

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