November 19 to November 21, 2009

Salle Ludger-Duvernay — Monument-National

1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent [métro Saint-Laurent], Montréal, Québec

Tickets: 514-871-2224


  • Regular: $40.00
  • Senior: $20.00
  • Student: $20.00

Production Chants libres, in collaboration with the Nouvel ensemble moderne (NEM)

Opening night for a Tremblay opera: for its thirteenth premiere, Chants libres brings the composer together with another major Québécois artist, Pierre Morency, from the world of theatre, with his debut libretto. Fruit of the imagination of these two enthusiastic nature observers, L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité is a magical, fairy opera for young and old — something to see, taste, hear, breathe in, and experience… all expressed through tale and fable.

Robert Bellefeuille, mise-en-scène; Jean Bard, stage design; Nicolas Descoteaux, lighting; Geodesik, visual design; Marianne Thériault, costumes; Angelo Barsetti, make-up; Lina Cruz, choreography.

With the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal,, Monument-National.

Concert Dates


  • Gilles Tremblay, L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité (2009) (Pierre Morency, libretto) (premiere)

    twelve singers, and 25 musicians

Chants libres is an opera company for new music directed by Pauline Vaillancourt that has been dedicated to reviving opera in all its various guises since 1990.

Composing in the Present!

The SMCQ has been moving in step with the lively rhythms of new music for almost fifty years. With its regular concert season, its Série hommage (Homage Series), an international festival, and a young listener’s programme, the society has served both as a platform for today’s composers and as a window on creative works for everyone.

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