2nd Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Montréal

Les Fleurs du mâle

Operettas arias and saucy chansons
Light Music Salle Bourgie Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
The ‘Belle Époque’ and the ‘Années folles’, as is well known, were the period of emancipation of a sensuality that nineteenth-century morality had reproved without success. As early as the 1860s, operetta cultivated the romance with saucy double-entendres, while the popular café-concert witnessed the flowering of chansons with perfectly unequivocal words, whose erotic content verged on pornography. Although, in those days, a woman’s power was deprived of expression in both political and economic terms, at least the potency of her charms ensured she could govern men and impose her views on them. From high-society courtesans to low-life prostitutes, female ‘merchants of pleasure’ made headline news from the middle of the Second Empire to the Second World War. Their charms were even vaunted on the musical stage, and such great artists as Hortense Schneider and Anna Judic were none the less noted ‘protégées’ of the powerful men of the moment. The suggestive titles of their biggest successes leave little room for doubt: 'J’suis venue nue', 'Oh ! ne finis jamais', 'Folâtrerie', 'J’ai deux amants', 'Après l'amour', and so on.


Sat 18 April 2020
Salle Bourgie, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal


Norma Nahoun soprano
Marie Gautrot mezzo-soprano
Pauline Buet cello
David Violi piano
Victoria Duhamel concept and stage direction
Nell’ambito del 2° Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Montréal