Love Songs Opéra

“Carte blanche” to Marie-Annick Béliveau
  • Music: Ana Sokolović
  • Stage direction: Frédérick Gravel
Love Songs Opéra (2008; arr. 2017)


Love Songs Opéra by Ana Sokolović, a piece written in 16 movements, presents a woman who sings about love, who sings the simple words «I love you» in 100 different languages. A woman, a mother, a lover, a widow, a child who experiences the great mosaic made from all the colours of the world, of every epoch and every stage of love. An opera created for solo voice and saxophone, Love Songs Opéra is an updated version of the original created in 2008; a great adventure that Marie-Annick Béliveau has chosen to share with Jean Derome. The saxophone represents the orchestra as much as perfume from the Orient, a happy companion, an accomplice, a commentator, a friendly foe, and an object of desire.

A meeting of two exceptional artists, two electrifying performers directed by the choreographer, dancer and musician, Frédérick Gravel, who recently amazed the Montréal artistic scene with his production of Some Hope for the Bastards.

About the opera

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

Co-diffusion with Le Vivier.

Partners and collaborators

Creative Team

Performers at the Premiere

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