December 18, 2013

Chants Libres presents its 15th new opera, Le rêve de Grégoire

Montréal, Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — Chants Libres, with its Artistic Director Pauline Vaillancourt, presents its 15th new opera, Le rêve de Grégoire by Pierre Michaud, who also wrote the libretto, with stage direction by René-Daniel Dubois and stage design Gabriel Tsampalieros.

Le rêve de Grégoire is a voyage at the crossroads between reality and fantasy, with music that is quasi Felliniesque, performed by three Montreal ensembles brought together for this opera: the Bozzini String Quarter, the Quasar Saxophone Quartet and the Sixtrum Percussion ensemble, conducted by Walter Boudreau.

The characters of this poetic and unusual tale are portrayed by the singers François-Olivier Jean, (tenor, Grégoire), Marie-Annick Béliveau (mezzo-soprano, Authority), Dion Mazerolle (baritone, The Guide), Andrzej Stec (tenor, Prometheus), Rebecca Woodmass (soprano coloratura, Mathilde), Michiel Schrey (tenor, Ignorance) and Dorothéa Ventura (soprano).

Accused of a crime that he is unaware of, Grégoire is thrown into a cramped and dark cell, only to be executed the following morning. In his troubled dreams, he meets characters that are imaginary, real and mythical. When reality overcomes fiction, what will happen to Grégoire? Will he be able to save himself from his sentence?

The lighting design is by Guy Simard, costumes by Marianne Thériault and make-up by Jacques-Lee Pelletier.

Audiences were given the opportunity to see an excerpt of this new work during the fourth edition of Oper’Actuel 2013 Works In Progress, presented by the company in April 2013, in Montreal.

Le rêve de Grégoire, produced by Chants Libres in a co-production with the SMCQ, is part of the 4th season of Le Vivier, an association of 25 companies in Montreal working in the new music field whose mission is to promote and tour contemporary music. Chants Libres is a founding member.

Thank You | Le rêve de Grégoire is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

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