January 24, 2012

Alexandra David-Néel’s incredible journey to Tibet

Montréal, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 — After celebrating its 20th anniversary with Arias, a major retrospective of its first twenty years, Chants Libres, the lyric creation company, is presenting its 14th opera — Alexandra.

This new chamber opera was inspired by the extraordinary life of the French adventurer Alexandra David-Néel who travelled over the highest peaks in the world in sometimes extreme conditions. Having lived to be one hundred and one, she was in turns, an opera singer, a journalist, a feminist, a Buddhist, a writer, a philosopher and most of all, an adventurer.

Alexandra tells the story of the dangerous and clandestine expedition she undertook in 1924 on Tibetan soil in order to reach the forbidden capital of Lhassa, accompanied by a young lama named Aphur Yongden, who would go on to later become her adopted son. After a journey of more than 3000 kilometres through the Himalayas, she became the first Western woman to visit the holy city.

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