February 1, 2016

Chants Libres présente son 16e opéra, The Trials of Patricia Isasa

World Premiere| May 19-20-21, 2016
Monument-National | Montréal, Canada
Concert version | January 13, 2016
Roulette | New York, USA

Montréal, Monday, February 1, 2016 — Chants Libres presents its 16th opera, The Trials of Patricia Isasa

Chants Libres presents the true story of Patricia Isasa, the Argentinian human rights activist.

In the company of Patricia Isasa.

Montréal, February 2016 — Chants Libres, the lyric creation company, presents the world premiere of its 16th new opera THE TRIALS OF PATRICIA ISASA, from May 19th to the 21st at 8pm at the Monument-National in Montréal. The production will be part of the OPERA AMERICA Conference, to be held in Montréal for the first time.

This socio-political piece by Kristin Norderval (composer) and Naomi Wallace (librettist), directed by Pauline Vaillancourt, designed by the artist Dominique Blain, tells the true story of Patricia Isasa, the Argentinian human rights activist and brings together six soloists and a chorus, accompanied by seven musicians conducted by Cristian Gort. Lighting by Nancy Bussières, costumes by Marianne Thériault and make-up by Jacques-Lee Pelletier.

This opera will be premiered with Patricia Isasa present.

Patricia Isasa: truth and justice for the «disappeared», victims of the Argentinian dictatorship

The opera tells the true story of the Argentinian architect Patricia Isasa, at the time a young 16-year-old student, who was imprisoned and tortured for more than two years by the military Junta that governed Argentina from 1976 to 1983. She was one of the 30 000 «disappeared» taken by the dictatorship and she is one the rare survivors. 33 years after her release, she brought her cause and those of the thousands of other victims before the courts and managed to put forward evidence about the abuse of power by the politicians at the time, to identify her torturers and to make them face justice. Today, she has dedicated her life to eliminating this culture of crime, and protests side by side with the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo so that justice and truth can be achieved

Socio-Political Opera

The opera is a story about Patricia Isasa’s past based on interviews that the composer Kristin Norderval had with her, and examines the question of amnesty given to those who are highly placed in government and the use of torture for political reasons.

Performers: an international cast

The role of Patricia Isasa will be performed by Kristin Norderval (Norway-USA) and the soprano coloratura Rebecca Woodmass (Quebec, young Patricia) with the torturers played by the bass-baritone Dion Mazerolle (Canada, Ramos), the tenor Daniel Pincus (New York, Bruso), the baritone

Vincent Ranallo (Quebec, Facino) and the actor Claude Lemieux (projected).

The Ensemble Kô, Daniel Binelli (bandoneon) from Argentina, three musicians from New York, Isabel Castellvi (cello), Pablo Aslan (double bass) and Eric Phinney (percussion) as well as the Quebecois Francis Perron (piano), Marc-Olivier Lamontagne (guitar) and Nick Danielson (violin) will be conducted by the Argentinian Cristian Gort.

Practical Information

The opera will be sung in English with French and Spanish surtitles

  • Length: 110 minutes, without intermission
  • Tickets: $50, regular — $35, student
  • Box Office — Monument-National, Salle Ludger-Duvernay — 1182, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal / 514-871-2224 — Admission.com

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Chants Libres

Chants Libres,founded by the Artistic Director Pauline Vaillancourt, creates and tours new forms of opera in all shapes and sizes, in which artistic and technological innovation are the focus. Chants Libres won the 2014-2015 Prix Opus for “Musical event of the year” for its remount of Canti del Capricorno, presented in March 2015 at the Usine C.


The Trials of Patricia Isasa, is produced by Chants Libres with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Hexagram/UQAM, the Kulturrädet Arts Council Norway, Bergesenstifltelsen, Fritt Ord, PAMAR, and Norwegian Embassy of Canada. The opera is also presented in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles, Le Vivier and the Monument-National.

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