Bradyworks & Chants libres Announce the World Premiere of ‘Information’

By Afton Wooten

Bradyworks, in co-production with Chants libres have announced the world premiere of the new bilingual chamber opera “Information.”

Tim Brady and Mishka Lavigne’s “Information” is set in Montreal in October 1970 focusing on issues such as the F.L.Q October Crisis, abortion rights, and the role of journalism in society. The production features Canadian vocalists mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau, baritone Pierre Rancourt, tenor David Menzies, soprano Jacqueline Woodley and baritone Clayton Kennedy. Stage direction is by Anne-Marie Donovan and the conductor is Pascal Germain-Berardi.

“Information” is the second opera in Brady’s opera cycle, “Hope (and the Dark Matter of History).” The first opera in the cycle, “Backstage at Carnegie Hall” premiered at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal in Sept. 2022.

Brady states of the project, “With these new works, I wanted to confront critical social problems such as racism, the control of information, the right to abortion, the colonisation of space, climate change and artificial intelligence.”

The performances take place on April 27 and 28, 2024 at the Espace Orange in the Édifice Wilder.