Welcome to the CRCOC Activities page! We're delighted to share details of the wide variety of opera-focused events we've organized and participated in. Our activities aim to push the boundaries of operatic art through interdisciplinary collaborations, digital exploration and research-creation. Whether you're an opera enthusiast or new to the genre, we hope you'll find an intriguing event to attend in our upcoming calendar. Please feel free to explore our website to learn more about our mission to reinvent opera creation and expand its reach. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon!
Two creative teams from the OpéRA de poche project will present their co-creation process, focusing on the relationship between musical composition and the visual dimension of the work. This presentation will be illustrated by a live performance of excerpts from their operas, sharing the concrete stage of a work created for augmented reality. This event allows for the exploration of another aspect of the real/virtual relationship, through embodied singing as opposed to recorded singing.
This concert will be presented as part of the Semaines culturelles vietnamiennes 2023, organized by the Vietnamese Cultural Center to showcase the creations of Vietnamese artists in Montreal – including novelist and librettist Caroline Vu – and their collaborations.
In the ever-evolving field of music research and performance, timbre is often seen as being the unique fingerprint that distinguishes each performer or instrument. However, recent studies highlight the limitations of this essentialist view, emphasizing that timbre is rather a product of performative practice, musical context, and culture. Thus, timbre, while expressive, is not synonymous with identity but a means to communicate various identities, whether authentic or constructed.
The "Voices, Timbre(s), Identiti(es)" event addresses this complexity from multiple angles: cultural, gendered, historical and stylistic. Beyond musicological and philosophical questions, speakers will explore the creative and pedagogical implications, particularly in vocal and operatic music. They will address the style and technique of operatic singing, as well as the impact of timbral diversity in opera, particularly from cultural and identity angles.
This round table, bringing together renowned scenography professionals (Félix-Antoine Boutin and François Racine), an expert in 3D modeling and virtual scenography (Philippe Belhumeur of Normal Studio) and creative researchers in scenography, architecture and design (Marie-Josèphe Vallée and Imen Ben Youssef Zorgati) highlights the place of scenography in the creative process. The discussion centers around the possibilities of creating scenic spaces using digital tools, with the aim of returning to an enriched and renewed scenic space in the real world, placing the spectators at the heart of the process.
Operatic Constructions brings together scenography, visual arts, digital technologies and sound immersion to renew the experience (spatial, aural and visual) of opera and explore the relationship of bodies to the stage space, through the presentation of four operas in different modalities.
The exhibition allows visitors to experience operas conceived for the traditional stage and works designed for virtual and augmented reality, before returning to a renewed real stage that, inspired by virtual encounters, offers concrete immersion thanks to spatialized sound devices.
From May 17 to 31, 2023, the Canada Research Chair in Opera Creation organized an interdisciplinary opera research-creation seminar at Orford Musique.
As part of the Montreal/New Music Festival 2023, music professionals from Quebec and the Basque Country will be invited to discuss the relationship between musical practice and culture and tradition. This study day will focus on issues of individual and collective identity, language, spirituality and politics.
Organized in partnership with the Groupe de recherche sur l'avènement et la formation des identités médiatiques (GRAFIM) and the Observatoire du cinéma québécois (OCQ), this day will invite participants from a variety of disciplines to examine the relationship between Marcel Barbeau's works, spirituality and other art forms (music, dance, theatre, film).
As part of the scientific activities surrounding the Montreal/New Music Festival, this study day organized by Sylvain Caron explores the mechanisms of influence and transmission in spiritually inspired music. Special attention will be paid to the figure of composer Olivier Messiaen, whose work played a significant role in the birth of musical modernity in Quebec.
The Canada Research Chair in Opera Creation, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM) and the Groupe de recherche sur la médiatisation du son (GRMS) warmly invite you to the colloquium: "Music and Transcendence in a Posthuman Age".
The fruit of a collaboration between the Canada Research Chair in Opera Creation and the Canada Research Chair in Music and Politics, this panel brings together singers, musicologists and composer Ana Sokolović to reflect on the often-misogynistic representation of women in opera and propose solutions to overcome it.
Members of the OpéRA de poche project team gave a virtual reality presentation at the PXR conference. This conference focuses on how artists are using XR in the performing arts, ways to facilitate this integration into works and audience receptivity.
The team presented the fruit of their explorations during phase 1 of the OpéRA project, demonstrating the tools they have developed to facilitate interdisciplinary creative processes specific to opera. They also discussed the impact of XR on operatic creation in the virtual space of a prototype of one of their operas.
The aim of this study day is to bring together artistic and academic institutions working with the new technologies of mixed, virtual and augmented reality (XR) to reflect on the future of opera as a genre. The research questions are as follows:
What possibilities do virtual and augmented reality offer, both artistically and in terms of dissemination? How can we democratize the genre and update it for the 21st century?
This 90-minute workshop presented the results of the first phase of the OpéRA de poche project. It brought together 15 student-researchers from 3 creative groups dedicated to projects currently under development.
As part of Université de Montréal's MITIG Week activities, the Faculty of Music welcomes Mi'kmaq L'nu artist and poet Michelle Sylliboy to host a day focused on interdisciplinary co-creation, organized in collaboration with our Research Chair.
In partnership with the Canada Research Chair in Opera Creation, the OCQ Films sur l'art ciné-club presented a discussion with filmmaker Charles Binamé on the filming and webcasting of the Opéra de Montréal's production of Carmen.
As part of this seminar, we began creating four five-minute operas designed to be performed online. They were created by four interdisciplinary groups of graduate students in composition, literature and/or theater, film and set design. Each team made its own individual creative choices with the support of the research team, but the creative work was also carried out through co-creation workshops bringing together all teams and guest artists.
The aim of this course is to familiarize student composers and performers with the process of creating a musical work to accompany dance or musical theater in collaboration with choreographers and playwrights.