Magazine article Opera Canada

Montreal

Magazine article Opera Canada

Montreal

Article excerpt

Le reve de Gregoire, with music and libretto by Pierre Michaud, is Chants Libres' 20th world premiere in nearly 25 years of activity. This is a real achievement and deserves to be underlined.

Two questions are at the heart of this opera (seen May 16): What is the role or function of art in our society or in life?; and what are the forces that drive an individual to create? Michaud pushes the enquiry even further by summoning the infinite solitude the main character experiences as he deals with his own imminent death and rem-inisces--through his dreams--about everything he has absorbed during his education.

A man named Gregoire is arrested and condemned to death without knowing why. Sitting alone in his jail cell, he is forced to come to terms with himself, his past and the person he has become. Through three successive dreams, he visits three stages of his own life, three aspects of society and three moments in history. Waking up after each dream not only becomes an increasingly brutal and painful experience, both for himself and for the audience, but also brings him ever closer to his execution. With its sense of marginalization, Frank Katka's The Metamorphosis impregnates the atmosphere of this opera, at least in part. In addition, the unwarranted arrest at the beginning recalls the opening of another Kafka masterpiece, The Mal:

The opera's orchestration reveals itself as both full and skilfully colourful in spite of the instruments used--Just four strings, four saxophonesand percussion. …

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