Chants Libres: Prelude to the opera L’orangeraie

A little ray of hope during this critical time for the vocal milieu: the company Chants Libres is pleased to present its Prélude à l’opéra from January 21 to 24, 2021. Filmed in the deserted Monument-National, this digital event outmanoeuvres constraints imposed by COVID in order to present you with several excerpts from L’orangeraie, the opera that saw its creation postponed to October 2021.

The staging of emptiness : a prelude to “covid” lyricism

To this end, Sébastien Ricard embodies Mikaël, a writer and key character in Larry Tremblay’s work, who leads us to experience absence in all of its scenic dimensions. Armed by the words and music of L’orangeraie, he imagines, sees and hears the artists who, like him, haunt the empty hall.

Playing and unplaying the missing pages

At his side will be the musicians of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne as well as artists of the original cast, who will perform their scores while negotiating their own interpretive challenges. Offering a collective exploration of the upcoming opera that leaves space for imagination… and for hope.

“Chants Libre offers the public to discover the essence of an operatic creation,” says Pauline Vaillancourt, artistic director of the company. “We hope that the listeners will be able to sense how it feels for the vocal milieu to be deprived of its voice, while also giving them a foretaste of our next opera.”

Prélude à l’opéra – Premiere : Thursday January 21, 2021 8pm

Available until January 24. Tickets for sale on


Pauline Vaillancourt and Manuel A. Codina, stage direction

Zad Moultaka, music and Larry Tremblay, libretto

Lorraine Vaillancourt, musical direction

PERFORMERS: Nicholas Burns, counter-tenor | Geoffrey Salvas, baritone | Stéphanie Lessard, soprano | Jacques Arsenault, tenor |Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, tenor | Stéphanie Pothier, mezzo-soprano | Dion Mazerolle, baritone | Dominic Veilleux, bass-baritone | Sébastien Ricard, actor

Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor

A Chants Libres production, in co-production with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne