ABOUT CHANTS LIBRES

MISSION

Chants Libres, the creative opera company, creates and tours new forms of opera in all shapes and sizes, in which artistic and technological innovation are the focus. Since founding the company in 1990, its Artistic Director, Pauline Vaillancourt, has been creating and producing operas by bringing together creative artists from all disciplines around a common theme: the voice. The company offers an operatic repertoire adapted to the colours of modernity, constantly exploring new techniques and approaches to the vocal arts. After many outstanding productions, the company has garnered a solid reputation and has become an indispensable and unique tool for artists who work with sound, images and words and who wish to reinvent opera, either in traditional or radical forms.

Chants Libres has taken on an ever increasing role in the training of new contemporary artists and the dissemination of new works. The international stature of the company allows us to continuously promote our home grown creative talent worldwide. For more than twenty years, Chants Libres’ productions have toured Venezuela, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands. At the same time, Chants Libres hosted the New-Op 8 international opera conference, supports the next generation of opera artists with its Oper’actuel Works in Progress event and its training and research workshops. Chants Libres has been awarded thirteen prizes for excellence.

PAULINE VAILLANCOURT

Stage director and artistic and general director of Chants Libres

For over 45 years, Pauline Vaillancourt has led a busy international career as a performer of classical and contemporary opera. From Mozart to Kagel, through Bach, Webern, Shoenberg, Stockhausen, Zappa and Ligeti, she has worked with highly esteemed conductors and stage directors such as Pierre Audi, Antoine Vitez, Gilles Maheu, Wajdi Mouawad, Marc Soustrot, Charles Dutoit, Luca Pfaff, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Arutro Tamaro, Otokar Stejkal and many others. The preferred singer for many composers, she has performed pieces most notably by Aperghis, Vivier, Tremblay, Nigg, Garant, Prévost, Finissy and Bussoti.

A soprano recognized on stages around the world, she has performed in many festivals such as: Montpellier, Avignon, Angers, Aix-en-Provence, Strasbourg, London, Valencia, Buffalo, Poland, Hungary and Lyon, and has sung the work of Giancinto Scelsi at Carnegie Hall in New York. She has recorded many new compositions as wells as songs from the classical repertoire for Amberola, Sonart, SNE, Salabert/Actuels, Umus, Port-Royal, Ariane, Empreintes digitales and Doberman-Yppan, Mode records and Atma.

A founding member of Chants Libres and the Artistic Director of the company since 1990, she has created, performed in, and directed many of the company’s new operas, productions that are highly regarded throughout the world. She was an artist in residence at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and at the Studio du Québec in Paris and in New York, and she participated in the ALENA cultural exchange with Mexico. In her career she has won the Prix d’excellence Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Prix d’interprète de musique contemporaine Flandres-Québec. She has been a member-researcher at Hexagram, since 2006. In 2015, she was awarded the Opera America Service Award for her 25 years as Artistic and General Director of Chants Libres.

PRIZES & NOMINATIONS
  • 2016 — Prix Opus Concert of the Year: Modern and Contemporary Music and Concert of the Year: Montréal ☛ The Trials of Patricia Isasa
  • 2015 — Prix Opus Musical event of the year ☛ Canti del Capricorno
  • 2014 — Creation of the year ☛ Le rêve de Grégoire (Gregor’s Dream)
  • 2010 — Composer of the year ☛ Gilles Tremblay
  • 2010 — Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique: Musical event of the year ☛ Opéra féerie — L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité
  • 2010 — Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique: Creation of the year ☛ Opéra féerie — L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité
  • 2007 — Nominated for a Prix Opus Conseil québécois de la musique DVD release of the year ☛ L’Enfant des glaces Zack Settel/Pauline Vaillancourt
  • 2004 — Nominated for a Prix Opus Conseil québécois de la musique Production of the year (for young audiences) ☛ Pacamambo, l’opéra Zack Settel / Wajdi Mouawad
  • 1999 — Prix Opus Conseil québécois de la musique CD release event of the year ☛ Yo Soy La Desintegracion
  • 1998 — Contemporary Music Prize Québec-Flandres (Belgium) ☛ Canti Del Capricorno
  • 1996 — Prix Opus Conseil québécois de la musique Production of the year ☛ Le vampire et la nymphomane
  • 1996 — Lauréat finaliste Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal ☛ Le Vampire et la Nymphomane