June 7, 2017

In September, Chants Libres is offering «carte blanche» to Marie-Annick Béliveau

Montréal, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 — The mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau, artist in residence at Chants Libres, will perform the opera Love Songs, by the composer Ana Sokolović, next September 27th, 28th and 30th at Le Gesù, as a “carte blanche” presented in co-diffusion with Le Vivier. Under the Artistic Direction of Frédérick Gravel, Marie-Annick Béliveau will perform this opera for solo voice and saxophone with the musician Jean Derome.

It was in 2008, the Serbian-Canadian artist, Ana Sokolović, created Love Songs, a commission from Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. This opera puts the composer’s favourite poems to music and sings love in many languages. In 2017, Ana Sokolović and Marie-Annick Béliveau present a new version of this work, a creation for voice and saxophone.

“Love has always been and always will be the inexhaustible inspiration of human creativity. Love follows us everywhere; love is the cause and the result. Love evokes the strongest human emotions: love has led people to wars, but it has also inspired the most beautiful poems. All the languages sing about love the same way. Every happiness, worry, sadness and tenderness is similar to another.

Love Songs is an intimate story about love in five "thematic" movements: pure love, tender love, a child’s love, mature love and love for a person we lost. The lyrics are sung in five languages: English, French, Serbian, Irish and Latin. There are interludes between the movements, with the phrase "I love you" said in a 100 languages. While the movements are lyrical, the interludes are more rhythmic, inspired by the colours of a hundred languages, with the singer using various unconventional voice techniques.» — Ana Sokolović

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