Frédéric Chiasson

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Bungalopolis

Collective Cartoon-cabaret-opera for soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, wind quintet and piano

Text by Jean-Paul Eid. Music by Eric Champagne, Frédéric Chiasson, Benoît Côté, Maxime Goulet and Pierre-Olivier Roy

Duration of the whole opera: about 1 hour

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Recordings

Passe-Jérôme tond le gazon (Passe-Jérôme mows the lawn)

Ariane Girard, soprano; Sylvain Paré, tenor; Dominique Côté, baritone; Philippe Martel, bass; Elsa Vadnais-Malo, flute and piccolo; Lindsay Roberts, oboe; David Perreault, clarinet and bass clarinette; Morgan Gregory, French horn; Mathilde Magnier, bassoon; Daniel Áñez, piano; Cristian Gort, conductor

Les Hommes de Matantes (The Men of Auntie)

Ariane Girard, soprano; Sylvain Paré, tenor; Dominique Côté, baritone; Philippe Martel, bass; Elsa Vadnais-Malo, flute and piccolo; Lindsay Roberts, oboe; David Perreault, clarinet and bass clarinette; Morgan Gregory, French horn; Mathilde Magnier, bassoon; Daniel Áñez, piano; Cristian Gort, conductor

Marshmallowpolis

Ariane Girard, soprano; Sylvain Paré, tenor; Dominique Côté, baritone; Philippe Martel, bass; Elsa Vadnais-Malo, flute and piccolo; Lindsay Roberts, oboe; David Perreault, clarinet and bass clarinette; Morgan Gregory, French horn; Mathilde Magnier, bassoon; Daniel Áñez, piano; Cristian Gort, conductor

Notes

Translation of parts of welcome text of program at the premiere

Tonight, we cross a new frontier, we dare venture in unknown and even unsuspected field, we push daring to its limits… Tonight, comtemporary music attacks its greatest taboo: everyday life.

Taboo? Creators have a bold nature though. Taboo? Hard to believe, you would say? Actually, even when we all pass so many hours of our days, swallowed by our chores, asking ourselves: “What do I eat for dinner?”, “At what day comes the garbage truck again?”, “Come on, where did I put those coupons?”, our works, though, seemed completely impervious to these mundanities. And there comes to us Jérôme Bigras.

Who is better than Jérôme Bigras, native of CROC magazine from Jean-Paul Eid's pen, to bring us back to the essential truth that all of us, whatever we are, are suburbans of somewhere.

And here we are, making a team around this “pure laine” suburban, for which the alpha and omega are on the shelfs of a Canadian Tire. We have observed him, open our arms to him, he made us laugh, and then we used him and transformed him into a 3D singing Jérôme Bigras! By a curious coincidence, operatic voices do blend well with his cartoon incarnations, the latters having a certain tendency to exaggerate...

Through the absolute sedentary lifestyle of Jérôme Bigras, however, hides a crave for adventure, highly local as it may be. With formal games, mise en abîme, spatio-temporal interpolations and interactions with supernatural forces, Bigras deconstructs and pushes back the Comic Art limits. Assisted by REX, his lawnmower, in his Flamand-man (Flamingo-man) suit, followed by his friends Nicole, Marcel and many others, Jérôme always triumphs from the abnormal and brings everything back in the margins of commonplace.

Tonight, wear your mustaches and come with us to Bungalopolis!

Maxime Goulet, artistic director, designer, composer
Benoît Côté et Mylène Lapierre, production directors, stage directors, composer (B. Côté)

Translation by Frédéric Chiasson

Articles about Bungalopolis

2013-03-21 Dead Man Walking: text or music?
2011-11-25 Bungalopolis – Cowansville's BD migratoires Festival Official Program and Press Release
2011-11-21 Bungalopolis is back... on screen in Cowansville! (Update)
2011-09-05 Bungalopolis Recordings, MNM 2011 Version, available on website.
2011-05-31 Is composing a masterpiece for orchestra still possible these days?
2011-03-14 Dithyrambic reviews for Bungalopolis
2011-01-25 Bungalopolis is back in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and Montreal
2010-08-15 New Facebook page and new YouTube video for Bungalopolis
2010-05-21 Highly enthusiast crowd for the premiere of Bungalopolis
2010-05-05 Tickets for Bungalopolis on sale
2010-05-04 New section : press review
2010-04-26 Three premieres of works by Frédéric Chiasson in May
2009-07-07 Frédéric Chiasson composes for an opera-cabaret on Jean-Paul Eid's cartoons

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