Opera | Tale (Monodrama)
  • Music: José Evangelista
  • Libretto: Alexis Nouss
  • Stage direction: Joseph Saint-Gelais, Pauline Vaillancourt
    • June 1 + June 2 + June 8 + June 9 + June 10, 2018
    Salle de concert — Conservatoire
    Montréal, Québec

What’s New?

  • Next Spring We Celebrate José Evangelista

    Chants Libres is remounting La Porte in 2018

    Next June, our company will present "La Porte", by José Evangelista and Alexis Nouss, an opera for solo voice and percussion created in 1987 following a commission by Pauline Vaillancourt.

    An excellent opportunity for us to celebrate this influential composer by joining the programming dedicated to him as part of the Série Hommage organized by the SMCQ. Note that José Evangelista also composed the magnificent "Manuscrit trouvé à Sargosse" for Chants Libres in 2001.

    Based on the original staging by Joseph Saint-Gelais, and under the Artistic Direction of Pauline Vaillancourt, "La Porte" will be performed by the mezzo-soprano Ghislaine Deschambault and the percussionist Huizi Wang.

    5 performances are slated for the concert hall of the Conservatoire in Montréal on June 1, 2, 8, 9, and 10, 2018. Tickets will be available soon!

    News posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

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    La Porte Available in Streaming

    Experience the recording of the 1987 version of "La Porte" in streaming:

    News posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

  • Our company is in mourning: Two of our most loved partners have passed

    An homage to Jacques Clément and Eric Salzman

    Lawyer Jacques Clément, one of the pillars of our company, has died. He gave us so much for more than 20 years as the President of the Board of Directors of Chants Libres as well as being a loyal friend to the company. He was an erudite man, he supported us, encouraged us, with his generosity of spirit over many of our passionate and difficult projects. His opinions, and his council, as well as his tenderness, will be missed. Farewell, dear Jacques. You will be missed, we send you all our love and appreciation.

    The composer Eric Salzman also passed away this month. He was one of those rare composers who dedicated himself to modern musical theatre, working to clear a path to new forms of opera. His book, The New Music Theater, gives us a glimpse at his important achievements in the art. The director, Antoine Laprise, said of him:

    “it is through Chants Libres that I met Eric Salzman and we developed a relationship that allowed us to create, a few years later, the most beautiful staged music for La Bonne âme du Secthcouan by Bertolt Brecht, at the Théâtre du Trident in Quebec City, in 2004. The hours of work in the fever of passion for music, the creativity, the imagination, are still an indelible episode of the artistic process for the whole team. Eric was a man who was so generous with an amazing work ethic, but more than that, a contagious spirit about Art… and in the art of friendship.”

    News posted Thursday, December 7, 2017

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