Two new episodes in the Si Chants Libres m’était conté living memories series, present the creation of the operas Il suffit d’un peu d’air (1992) and La princesse blanche (1994). In collaboration with Renald Tremblay, librettist, Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor, Bruce Mather, composer, and Michelle Héon, visual artist, Pauline Vaillancourt retraces the journey of these two productions that enabled Chants Libres to continue on its adventure.

Memory capsule #2 : Il suffit d’un peu d’air

Memory capsule #3 : La princesse blanche




Creative Team
Music: Claude Ballif | Libretto: Renald Tremblay | Stage direction: Joseph Saint-Gelais | Lighting: Claude Cournoyer | Costumes: Ginette Noiseux | Make-up: Angelo Barsetti | Hairstyling: Réjean Goderre

Pauline Vaillancourt, soprano | Renée Lapointe, mezzo-soprano | David Doane, baritone | Michel Ducharme, bass
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor



Creative Team
Music: Bruce Mather | Libretto: Renald Tremblay (from Rilke) | Stage direction: Guy Beausoleil | Set design and costumes: Michelle Héon | Lighting: Claude Cournoyer | Make-up: Jacques-Lee Pelletier

Pauline Vaillancourt, soprano | Yolande Parent, coloratura | Michel Ducharme, bass | David Doane, baritone
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor



Si Chants Libres m’était conté (If Chants Libres were a story) is an important work of memory and archives which hopes to present nineteen new operas created by the company between 1990 and 2022, under the direction of Pauline Vaillancourt.

Each video capsule allows us to go back to the genesis of these creations, a witness to their times. By means of interviews and excerpts from original productions, you can discover the challenges and the anecdotes that marked each of these works!



Original concept: Manuel A. Codina, Pauline Vaillancourt
Production: Groupe Sighter | Pauline Vaillancourt, Codirector | Bruno Desrosiers, Codirector, director of photography, editor, sound mixing |  Manuel A. Codina, Camera, director of photography, restoration of archives | Yves Dubé, Video of the original production | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, Make-up |  Sandra  Lefebvre, Executive producer, sound recorder