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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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L'enfant des glaces
Zack Settel
Zack Settel was born in 1957 and raised in the New York area. He received a BFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he studied composition with Leonard Stein, Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell, and Morton Feldman. Keenly interested in the use of technology in music production/performance, Settel moved to Paris in 1986, with a Fulbright Scholarship for computer music research and composition at the Institute for Research and the Coordination of Acoustics and Music (IRCAM), headed by Pierre Boulez. After a two-year composing residency there, Settel remained at IRCAM until 1995, working full-time in the music production and music research groups. In 1997 Settel returned to North America, where he was a professor at McGill University in Canada for two years, chairing the Music Technology area, and teaching courses and graduate seminars in computer music. He also was a visiting professor of composition at the University of Montreal in 2001-02. In addition to composing full time, Settel now is an associate professor in music composition at the UDM. He is also in (arts/science) collaboration with the Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill, working on immersive audio/music. Since 2003, Settel has directed the immersive audio research group at the Societé des Arts Technologiques (La SAT) in Montreal.

Some of Settel's music includes the use of advanced live interactive electro-acoustic systems. He has composed chamber works, studio works, as well as music for film, video, television, theater, dance, and opera. His music is published by Editions Ambrioso (Paris), recorded on the CENTAUR, ICMA, MIT Press, and Empreints Digitales labels, and is performed regularly in North/South America and in Europe and Asia. Settel has composed music for Television and Film, and has worked with various performing ensembles including the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montréal), Zeitgeist (Minneapolis), the California Ear Unit (Los Angeles), and Chants Libres (Montréal).
Quevedo & de Narval
Pauline Vaillancourt (Stage Director/Set Designer)
Johanne Madore (Choreographer)
Yves Labelle (Video Designer)
Caroline Mercier (Costume Designer)
François Roupinian (Lighting)
Jacques-Lee Pelletier (Make-up)
Alain Cadieux (Sculpture Design & Production)
Sylvie Boucher (Mummy & Prosthetic Design & Production)
Pauline Vaillancourt (soprano)
Jean Maheux (Actor)
September 08, 2000
Chants Libres, Compagnie lyrique de création
After being buried in the freezing cold of the Andes for five centuries, the Ice Child reappears to haunt us…he becomes a ghost for mankind, the voices of women, haunting them into madness. Taking nothing from the lessons of history, time, which can crawl slowly or whirl out of control, greatly affects the lives of the characters as it flows past, carrying them into a frantic race, at once desperate and passionate.

Dizzy from the excitement of the moment, swept into the whirlwind of the future, will they hear the story of the Ice Child, will they be nourished by his song, will they be able to hold back time as it drifts by?...Life fights on and clings to existence, unbelievably and without remorse.
Electroacoustic Music
Chants Libres
Usine C, 1908 Panet, bureau 303
Montreal, QC H2L 3A2 Canada
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
2002 Canadian Opera Creation Fund Documentation
Chants Libres
Audio Visual Materials

From left to right: Jean Maheux
Courtesy of: Chants Libres; Photo credit: Yves Dubé

From left to right: Pauline Vaillancourt, Jean Maheux
Courtesy of: Chants Libres; Photo credit: Yves Dubé

From left to right: Pauline Vaillancourt, Jean Maheux
Courtesy of: Chants Libres; Photo credit: Yves Dubé

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