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Zoé

by Richard Désilets

Masterful instrumental version of the operatic fable Zoé
Genre: Avant Garde: Modern Composition
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1. Un Monde Insolite: Zoé, Pt. 1 -
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2. L'apparition: Zoé, Pt. 2
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3. Danse: Zoé, Pt. 3
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4. Wizz: Zoé, Pt. 4
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5. Borr: Zoé, Pt. 5
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6. La Transe: Zoé, Pt. 6
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7. Zios Et Gamès: Zoé, Pt. 7
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8. Le Viol: Zoé, Pt. 8
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9. Zaâ Le Loup: Zoé, Pt. 9
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10. Le Trou Noir: Zoé, Pt. 10
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11. Vers La Lumière: Zoé, Pt. 11
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12. Duo Amoureux: Zoé, Pt. 12
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Zoé, a young woman in a strange land, conquers her past and discovers her true self. Liberated, she is able to transform her life into one of eternal enchantment.

What they said.

Operatic history of a sort was made Wednesday night in the Texaco Opera Theatre, if only because the Canadian Opera Company had brought to the stage the unforgettable spectacle of a tree in heat.

The tree’s name was Wizz, he appeared to be deciduous (judging by the single leaf dangling from his twig-studded skullcap) and he quivered mightily at the sight of Zoe, a young woman abroad in a strange land.

Not only did he attempt to seduce Zoe - no mean feat for a normally stationary perennial _ so, with greater success, did her father, by dragging her into the tree.

If this is beginning to give new meaning to the term tree husbandry, you should also know that her true love was a wolf - no, not that kind of wolf! A genuime Canin lupus, ears, snout and all, who magically turned into a human being at the end of the opera.

Opera? Well, if you are busily leafing through Grove’s Dictionary, looking, for this particular plot under Verdi, Mozart, or Puccini, forget it. It is the brainchild of Montreal composer Richard Désilets. and his librettist Kim Elaine Gosselin.

Zoe, the title of this oparatic tale, was one of the three one-act operas unveiled Wednesday night as the culmination of the Canadian Opera Company’s first Composer-in-Residence program.

By William Litter, Toronto Star


Happily, the artistic exception to the vapidly rhetorical rule was the work of a Montrealer. Richard Désilets rejected the traditionalist encumbrances of linear plot and realistic characters as vigorously as the other two composers, but his Zoe at least found something with wich to replace them. Set in a primitive never-never land, the story of the female title character’s search for self exerted a compellingly savage pathos, and the characters, particularly Zoe’s incest-minded father, were effectively if roughly drawn. The composer’s original device of introducing Zoe’s younger self as a separate character worked well in the storyline’s peculiar stting, wich was really one great Freudian id. The dissonant music score for an acerbic little chamber group struck the right primitive note and sustained tension well.

By Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette, Montreal


Frankly, I can’t begin to explain Zoe, an opera entirely in French, by Montreal composer Richard Désilets. The closest I can come to a description is that it’s a kinky fable, with overtones of Walt Disney, Alice in Wonderland, and Salvador Dali.

A zofteg, white-masked blonded named Zoe stumbles into a mysterious land where she is seduced by a lecherous birch tree named Wizz, rapted by her whiskered father named Games, and falls in love with a wolf named Zaa. What does it all mean? God only knows.
By Frank Rasky, The canadian Jewish News.


Synopsis


Une jeune femme, Zoé, apparait dans un monde insolite. Pendant qu’elle explore les lieux, Wizz un arbre désireux de franchir rapidement les étapes de son évolution, l’aperçoit. Il s’éprend d’elle et spécule sur les possibilités de l’épouser : ainsi pourra-t-il passer sans transition de l’état d’arbre à celui d’humain.


On attend au loin l’appel du loup.

Zoé trébuche et bute contre Wizz. Choquée, elle le réprimande. Wizz engage aussitôt la conversation et tente de séduire Zoé. En vain : l’appel du loup persiste au loin et Zoé, sans le savoir, est sous le charme.

C’est alors qu’arrive Borr, le miroir de la conscience. Wizz, inquiet enjoint Zoé de s’en éloigner, mais Zoé ne l’écouter pas et s’y mire.

Aussitôt, Zios apparait. Zios, reflet de l’enfance de Zoé, lui rappelle son passé. Gamès, père de Zoé, apparait et reconnait son rôle dans sa relation incestueuse avec sa fille. Zoé est sidérée, Wizz s’affole. On assiste alors au viol de Zios.

Zoé, bouleversée, veut tuer Gamès mais le loup Zâa intervient promptement et l’en empêche. Tous sont surpris de cette soudaine apparition. Zâa se présente et Zoé, à travers son chant, reconnait la voix lointaine qu’elle entend depuis le début de son aventure. Séduite par Zâa, elle se détourne peu à peu de Gamès qui, furieux, essaie de la suborner. Zoé et Zâa s’aiment tant qu’ils rayonnent d’une intense lumière et se dégagent ainsi du trou noir. Dans cette splendeur, le loup Zâa se transforme en humain et Gamès disparait complètement.

L’histoire se termine sur un duo amoureux ou, réunis , Zoé et Zâa dansent sur des lumières resplendissantes.





Personnages

Zoé est une jeune femme confrontée à ses conflits intérieurs. Elle les surmonte et accède à un désir jusqu’ici occulté.

Zios est l’expression d’une partie réprimée de Zoé.

Zâa, le loup, veille secrètement Zoé. Épris d’elle il se risque peu à peu à lui exprimer son amour.

Borr est le miroir catalyseur. Il force Zoé à faire face à ses conflits intérieurs.

Wizz est un arbre désireux de s’incarner en être humain. Il ruse et tente, par tous les moyens, d’escamoter les étapes de son évolution.
Gamés est le père de zoé, élément perturbateur de sa vie.
Commentaire

Zoé est le personnage qui symbolise l’humanité, le loup, sa nouvelle orientation. Wizz est le témoin des expériences quotidiennes. Borr symbolise la conscience.

J’ai désiré l’effet préhistorique d’un décor afin de représenter le début d’une ère nouvelle. Paradoxalement, les effets futuristes représentent la projection de cette ère.

J’ai désiré la scintillance afin d’y inscrire l’âme; le tranchant du métallique pour exprimer le changement des moeurs et des croyances.

Kim Élaine Gosselin


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