Zad Moultaka, music | Larry Tremblay, libretto | Pauline Vaillancourt, stage direction | Dominique Blain, stage design and video | Guy Simard, lighting | Marianne Thériault, costumes | Catherine Béliveau, video | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, make-up
AMED, Nicholas Burns
AZIZ, Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse
TAMARA, Nathalie Paulin
SOULAYED, Dion Mazerolle
ZAHED, Jacques Arsenault
HALIM, Alasdair Campbell
DALIMAH, Stéphanie Pothier
KAMAL, Simon Chaussé
MIKAËL, Jean Maheux
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor
Co-production with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21, October 2021,
Friday 5 and Saturday 6, November 2021,
Le Diamant, Quebec City
Where is your anger,
I don’t hear it
Vengeance is the name of
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