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Chants Libres

May 19th to 21st
THE TRIALS  OF PATRICIA ISASA
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Presented as part of the OPERA AMERICA CONFERENCE, this 16th creation by Chants Libres company gathers on stage 6 soloists and a chorus, with 7 musicians conducted by Cristian Gort.

THE TRIALS OF PATRICIA ISASA is an homage to the Argentine architect and human rights activist Patricia Isasa. In 1976 Patricia Isasa — then a high school student, and just 16 years old — was abducted, imprisoned and tortured by the military junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. She was one of as many as 30,000 citizens who were “disappeared” in Argentina, often for activities such as belonging to a union, working with the poor or voicing opposition to economic and political policies. Very few survived.

Patricia Isasa was held for two years but never charged with any crime. After her release, Isasa felt compelled to find out who had been responsible for her abduction, torture and detention in a secret prison. 33 years after her abduction she managed to identify and bring her torturers to justice. In December 2009, six of Isasa’s torturers were sentenced to 19-23 years behind bars. Those convicted included a federal judge, a chief of police and the mayor of her hometown.

Based on personal conversations held with Patricia Isasa in 2010, the opera raises question about the amnesty given to highly placed people in government, the use of torture for political reasons, and the need to act with urgency.

CREATIVE TEAM

Kristin Norderval | Music, Naomi Wallace | Libretto, Pauline Vaillancourt | Stage Direction, Dominique Blain | Scenography, Nancy Bussières | Lighting, Marianne Thériault | Costumes, Jacques-Lee Pelletier | Makeup

PERFORMERS

Kristin Norderval | Patricia (adult), Rebecca Woodmass | Patricia (young), Dion Mazerolle | Ramos, Daniel Pincus | Brusa, Vincent Ranallo | Facino, Marie-Annick Béliveau | Ford manager, Claude Lemieux | Scilingo, Ensemble KÔ | Chorus

MUSICIANS

Daniel Binelli | Bandoneon, Polly Ferman | Piano, Geneviève Liboiron | Violin, Isabel Castellvi | Cello, Pablo Aslan | Bass, Cristian Amigo | Guitar, Eric Phinney | Percussion

THE TRIALS OF PATRICIA ISASA is presented with the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council of Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and in collaboration with Hexagram/UQAM, ArtXchange and PAMAR

Hall

Ludger-Duvernay Theatre

Tickets price

50$

Student: 35$

AN OPERA BY
KRISTIN NORDERVAL & NAOMI WALLACE

DIRECTED BY
PAULINE VAILLANCOURT