Pauline Vaillancourt

Jonquière, Québec, 1945
  • Performer (soprano)

Biography

For over 45 years, Pauline Vaillancourt has led a busy international career as a performer of classical and contemporary opera. From Mozart to Kagel, through Bach, Webern, Shoenberg, Stockhausen, Zappa and Ligeti, she has worked with highly esteemed conductors and stage directors such as Pierre Audi, Antoine Vitez, Gilles Maheu, Wajdi Mouawad, Marc Soustrot, Charles Dutoit, Luca Pfaff, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Arutro Tamaro, Otokar Stejkal and many others. The preferred singer for many composers, she has performed pieces most notably by Aperghis, Vivier, Tremblay, Nigg, Garant, Prévost, Finissy and Bussoti.

A soprano recognized on stages around the world, she has performed in many festivals such as: Montpellier, Avignon, Angers, Aix-en-Provence, Strasbourg, London, Valencia, Buffalo, Poland, Hungary and Lyon, and has sung the work of Giancinto Scelsi at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has recorded many new compositions as wells as songs from the classical repertoire for Amberola, Sonart, SNE, Salabert/Actuels, Umus, Port-Royal, Ariane, empreintes DIGITALes and Doberman-Yppan, Mode records and Atma.

A founding member of Chants Libres and the Artistic Director of the company since 1990, she has created, performed in, and directed many of the company’s new operas, productions that are highly regarded throughout the world. She was an artist in residence at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and at the Studio du Québec in Paris and in New York, and she participated in the ALENA cultural exchange with Mexico. In her career she has won the Prix d’excellence Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Prix d’interprète de musique contemporaine Flandres-Québec. She has been a member-researcher at Hexagram, since 2006. In 2015, she was awarded the Opera America Service Award for her 25 years as Artistic and General Director of Chants Libres.

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Features

  • Opera for 6 soloists and a chorus — 7 musicians and tape
    • Music: Kristin Norderval
    • Libretto: Naomi Wallace
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Montréal • New York City
  • Performance Opera
    • [Remount]
    • Music: Giacinto Scelsi
    • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Montréal
  • Alexandra (2012)
    Road Opera
    • Music: Zack Settel
    • Libretto: Yan Muckle
    • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Montréal
  • Arias (2011)
    • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
    Montréal
    • Montréal
    • Augmented Opera
      • Music: John Oliver
      • Libretto: Genni Gunn
      • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
      Montréal
    • L’archange (2005)
      Oper’installation
      • Music: Louis Dufort
      • Libretto: Alexis Nouss
      • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
      Montréal
      • Montréal
        • Music: Maurizio Squillante
        • Libretto: David Haughton, Fabio Squillante
        Ascoli Piceno • Genoa • Metz • Meylan • Perugia • Rome • Taranto • Turin
      • The Ice Child (2000)
        Electr’opera
        • Music: Zack Settel
        • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
        Düsseldorf • Montréal
      • Techn’opera
        • Music: Alain Thibault
        • Libretto: Yan Muckle
        • Stage direction: Wajdi Mouawad
        Montréal
      • Chamber Opera
        • Music: Jean Piché
        • Libretto: Yan Muckle
        • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
        Montréal • Toronto
      • Opera
        • Music: Serge Provost
        • Libretto: Claude Gauvreau
        • Stage direction: Lorraine Pintal
        Montréal
      • Performance Opera
        • Music: Giacinto Scelsi
        • Original Concept and Stage Direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
        Ghent • Montréal • Toronto
      • Opera
        • Music: Bruce Mather
        • Libretto: Rainer Maria Rilke, Renald Tremblay
        • Stage direction: Guy Beausoleil
        Montréal
      • Opera
        • Music: Claude Ballif
        • Libretto: Renald Tremblay
        • Stage direction: Joseph Saint-Gelais
        Montréal
      • Chamber Opera
        • Music: Alain Thibault
        • Libretto: René-Daniel Dubois
        • Stage direction: Joseph Saint-Gelais
        Caracas • Colmar • Montréal • Toronto • Victoria

      Discography

      • Alexandra (DVD-R-Video, 2012)
        • Music: Zack Settel
        • Libretto: Yan Muckle
        • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
        26.00 CAD
      • Alternate Visions (DVD-R-Video, 2009)
        Agmented Opera
        • Music: John Oliver
        • Libretto: Genni Gunn
        • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
        26.00 CAD
      • L’archange (DVD-R-Video, 2008)
        Opér’installation
        • Music: Louis Dufort
        • Libretto: Alexis Nouss
        • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
        26.00 CAD
      • L’Enfant des glaces (DVD-Video, 2006)
        Électr’opéra
        • Music: Zack Settel
        • Stage direction: Pauline Vaillancourt
        30.00 CAD
        • Music: Jean Piché
        • Libretto: Yan Muckle
        18.75 CAD
      • La porte; Plume (CD, 1996)
        • Music: José Evangelista
        • Libretto: Henri Michaux, Alexis Nouss
        20.00 CAD
      • La voix humaine (CD, 1996)
        • Music: Francis Poulenc
        • Libretto: Jean Cocteau
        17.50 CAD
      • [Never Blame the Bedouins]
        • Music: Alain Thibault
        • Libretto: René-Daniel Dubois
        18.75 CAD
        • Music: Georges Aperghis, Giacinto Scelsi
        17.50 CAD
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