Opera on childhood and warfare
Music: Zad Moultaka
Libretto: Larry Tremblay
Staging: Pauline Vaillancourt

Zad Moultaka, music | Larry Tremblay, librettoPauline Vaillancourt, stage directionDominique Blain, stage design and video |  Nancy Bussières, lighting | Marianne Thériault, costumes | Catherine Béliveau, videoJacques-Lee Pelletier, make-up


Nicholas Burns, counter-tenor | Geoffroy Salvas, baritone | Stéphanie Lessard, soprano | Jacques Arsenault, tenor |  Nathalie Paulin, soprano | Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, tenor | Stéphanie Pothier, mezzo-soprano | Dion Mazerolle, baritone | Dominic Veilleux, bass-baritone | Sébastien Ricard, comedian

Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor


Co-production with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, collaboration with Hexagram-UQAM | Centre de recherche en arts médiatiques


World premiere
Oct. 8, 9, 10, 2020, Monument-National, Montreal
(postponed due to the pandemic, dates to be confirmed)

Le Diamant, Quebec (to be confirmed)

Tickets: on hold

Where is your anger,
I don’t hear it
Vengeance is the name of
your grief

I find myself thinking about and dwelling on these powerful phrases, excerpts from the libretto by Larry Tremblay.

Unfortunate reflections of our difficult times, we cannot move past them without catching ourselves on their outlines. As a stage artist and artistic director for a creative production company, they called to me and mattered to me so much that I wanted to dive in. The beauty of the voices of Lebanese Zad Moultaka, and the rich sounds of his music from two worlds
will soften us around the edges.

We cannot even explain war when it kills children.

Continuing its desire to have a voice, Chants Libres will celebrate 30 years of creation in 2020, lending its lyrical voice to the tragic and all too common destiny of the two children, Aziz and Amed, exploited at the heart of this creation, at the centre of this opera. The meeting of these two great, passionate artists, surrounded by an experienced team of creators, that’s mine, my passion, began with them quite humbly, a great adventure named L’orangeraie. The East and West will stand side by side, peacefully, at least while the magic on stage takes place. That’s my wish.

— Pauline Vaillancourt, Artistic Director of Chants Libres and Stage Director