Si Chants Libres m’était conté takes a look back at an opera that was to prove groundbreaking in terms of both its theme and its approach. Alternate Visions brought technology to the forefront, anticipatively questioning our relationship with the virtual world. Composed by John Oliver on a libretto by writer Genni Gunn, and directed by Pauline Vaillancourt, Alternate Visions also broke new grounds with its spatial music, intelligent costumes and immersive scenography.


John Oliver, music | Genni Gunn, libretto | Pauline Vaillancourt, stage direction | Pascal Dufaux, stage design | Jean Gervais, lighting | Liz Vandal, Joanna Berzowska, costumes | Jean Décarie, visual design/interactivity | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, make-up | Lina Cruz, choreography

Rinde Eckert, tenor | Jacinthe Thibault, soprano | Patrick Mallette, baritone | Éthel Guéret, coloratura soprano | Ghislaine Deschambault, mezzo-soprano | Claudine Ledoux, mezzo-soprano | Jean-François Daignault, countertenor
Bradyworks | Cristian Germán Gort, 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 seventeen 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, Co-Director | Bruno Desrosiers, Co-Director, Photo Direction, Editing, Sound Mix | Manuel A. Codina, Archival Restoration | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, Make-up | Sandra Lefebvre, Associate Producer, Sound Recording | Stéphanie Pothier, interviews with Pauline Vaillancourt