L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité
Music: Gilles Tremblay
Libretto: Pierre Morency
Stage direction: Robert Bellefeuille

Gilles Tremblay, music | Pierre Morency, libretto | Robert Bellefeuille, stage direction | Jean Bard, stage Design | Nicolas Descoteaux, lighting | Marianne Thériault, costumes | Geodezik, Visual design and video | Angelo Barsetti, make-up | Lina Cruz, choreography


Jean Maheux, actor, baritone | Marianne Lambert, soprano | Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo-soprano | Michèle Motard, mezzo-soprano | Scott Belluz, countertenor | Taras Kulish, bass | Sylvain Paré, tenor | Claudine Ledoux, mezzo-soprano | Stéphanie Pothier, mezzo-soprano | Anne Saint-Denis, soprano | Julien Patenaude, baritone | Philippe Martel, baritone | Julien Grégoire, tambour-parleur | Lina Cruz, dance

Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM)  |  Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor


Co-production with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne


Nov. 19, 2009, Monument-National, Montreal, world premiere
Nov. 20, 21, 2009, Monument-National, Montreal


This new episode of Si Chants Libres m’était conté looks back at this poetic work, described as “a landmark event in the history of contemporary music”.


2010 — Prix Opus — Musical event of the year
2010 — Prix Opus — Creation of the year
2010 — Prix Opus — Composer of the year

This poetic tale is born of the imagination of two major Quebecois artists: the composer Gilles Tremblay, a veritable pillar of the Quebecois and Canadian musical scenes, who created the soundscape for the Quebec Pavilion at Expo 67 and Pierre Morency, a poet, a theatre, radio and television artist and the author of the magnificent work L’œil américain, writing his first opera libretto, based on the tales of the French adventurer Madame D’Aulnoy. Both have received the highest honours for their respective bodies of work. The stage direction is by the theatre director Robert Bellefeuille, who has brought us the remarkable productions of Le conte de Monte-Cristo, Jouliks and La Dame aux camélias. In the orchestra pit, Lorraine Vaillancourtconducts the 13 performers and the 25 musicians of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (increased from 15 to 25 for the occasion), the group’s fifth collaboration with Chants Libres.

L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité is an enchanted opera for young and old, to behold, to savour, to hear, to breathe, to experience… that exists in the intersection between magic and fairy tales.


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