Chants Libres to Present World Premiere of ‘L’orangeraie’

By Logan Martell

On Oct. 19, 2021, Canadian company Chants Libres will present the world premiere of “L’orangeraie,” by composer Zad Moultaka and librettist Larry Tremblay.

Co-produced with the Nouvel-Ensemble Moderne in collaboration with Hexagram-UQAM | Research Centre in Media Arts, the performances on Oct. 19,20, and 21, will take place at the Ludger-Duvernay Theatre of Montreal’s Monument-National and the performances on Nov. 5 and 6 will be held at Le Diamant in Quebec City as part of the Art Lyrique series.

The cast includes countertenor Nicholas Burns, tenors Jacques Arsenault and Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, baritones Dion Mazerolle, Alasdair Campbell, and Simon Chausse, soprano Nathalie Paulin, mezzo Stephanie Pothier, and actor Sebastien Ricard. Lorraine Vaillancourt conducts, with staging by Artistic Director Pauline Vaillancourt.

Originally slated for a premiere in October of 2020, excerpts of the score were instead presented in a digital event titled “Prelude a l’opera.”