In this latest capsule, Si Chants Libres m’était conté takes a look behind the scenes of L’orangeraie, composed by Zad Moultaka (libretto by Larry Tremblay). This tragic opera, which tackles the already difficult theme of childhood and war, was also to come up against the issues of its time (sanitary measures, questions about cultural appropriation). Our company rose to the challenge with resilience, continuing to create with the freedom that has characterized Chants Libres since its inception. 


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

Nicholas Burns, counter-tenor | Alasdair Campbell, baritone | Nathalie Paulin, soprano | Jacques Arsenault, tenor | Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, tenor | Stéphanie Pothier, mezzo-soprano | Dion Mazerolle, baritone | Simon Chaussé, baritone | Jean Maheux, actor | Michel Ducharme (pre-recorded voice)
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) | 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 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, Cameraman, DOP, archive management, video production for Le rêve de Grégoire (Gaspacho Films) | Jacques-Lee Pelletier, Make-up | Sandra Lefebvre, Associate Producer, Sound Recording | Stéphanie Pothier, interviews with Pauline Vaillancourt