December 17, 2014

The performance opera Canti del Capricorno is presented in Montreal

Montréal, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — 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.

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