March 24, 2015

Oper’Actuel — Works In Progress 2015

Behind the scenes of new opera

Friday March 27, 8:00 PM | Satruday March 28, 2015, 4:00 PM
Maison de la culture Frontenac
2550, rue Ontario East, Montreal
Free tickets available as of March 13, 2015
Info | 514-872-7882

Montréal, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Chants Libres is proud to present the 5th edition of its Oper’Actuel — Works In Progress event, which showcases new contemporary opera artists and which invites the audience to discover a whole range of new tendencies and possibilities in contemporary opera.

Four composer and librettist tandems were selected after a call for projects sent out in April 2014. Audiences will be able to hear excerpts from these four operas, performed by young singers and musicians from the Atelier de musique contemporaine de l’Université de Montréal, conducted by Cristian Gort and Lorraine Vaillancourt, and from the Ensemble Musiqu’Avenir of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, conducted by Véronique Lacroix. From one opera to the next, the audience will experience different aesthetics, styles and forms, through diverse tales and eras.

Denis Bosse (France) plunges us into the writing of Edgar Allan Poe (The Purloined Letter, libretto: Pascal Notet, Belgium); Rachel Burman (Quebec) reveals a secret through events that happened in the past (Slideshow, libretto: Rachel Burman); Snezana Nesic (Germany) tells a story of a past love affair and the memory of a first encounter (The Rain Passed Over, libretto: Tobias Ribitski, Germany); and Kristin Norderval (Norway-United States) gives us a political opera set in Argentina (The Trials of Patricia Isasa, libretto: Noami Wallace, United States).

The four composers will be in attendance for the two performancesand will hear, at the same time as the audience, the first sounds emanating from their scores.

Chants Libres has a mandate to support new artists working in contemporary music, most notably through its Oper’Actuel — Works In Progress event. This initiative allows us to discover and to develop the potential of young composers, librettists and performers. The biennial event is a unique occasion to witness the creative process, and also to encourage the emergence of new opera forms, to familiarize young singers to this kind of writing and to allow audiences to experience a multiplicity of musical styles, stemming from a new era in music. Previous editions allowed 23 composers to hear and see their new opera projects as works in progress and allowed 45 singers and a large number of musicians to gain valuable experience in the creation of new music. This pedagogical and creative event brings together producers, professionals, teachers and creative artists in a singular event.

Oper’Actuel — Works In Progress 2015 is presented with the collaboration of Maison de la culture Frontenac, the Goethe Institut, the Atelier de musique contemporaine de l’Université de Montréal and the Ensemble Musiqu’Avenir of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Chants Libres receives support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

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