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Credits

Conductor

Susanna Mälkki

Stage Director

Simon Stone

Stage Designer

Chloe Lamford

Costume Designer

Mel Page

Lighting Designer

James Farncombe

Waitress

Magdalena Kožená

Mother-in-Law

Sandrine Piau

Father-in-Law

Tuomas Pursio

Bride

Anna Prohaska*

Groom

Markus Nykänen

Priest

Jukka Rasilainen

Teacher

Lucy Shelton

Student 1 (Marketa)

Vilma Jää

Student 2 (Lilly)

Beate Mordal*

Student 3

Julie Hega

Student 4

Simon Kluth

Student 5 (Jeronimo)

Camilo Delgado Díaz

Student 6

Marina Dumont

Chorus

Estonian Philharmonic Choir

Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

* former artists of the Académie

 

Synopsis

It is a typical wedding for a cosmopolitan city, in present-day Finland. The fiancé is Finnish, the bride Romanian, and the mother-in-law French. But suddenly, during the wedding banquet, the Czech waitress feels ill…. Ten years earlier, these characters were struck by a tragic event. Ghosts revive their memories of the trauma, which occurred in a school; there is a guilty haze, a lost innocence. Kaija Saariaho’s new opera is the result of a meeting between this great composer and another Finish artist, the novelist Sofi Oksanen, who is unrivalled in her ability to force today’s reality to confront the past. Innocence—their vast choral drama for soloists, choir and orchestra— is a contemporary tragedy made radiant through its powerful music and the intermingling of words from different languages. With this world premiere, conducted by musical director Susanna Mälkki and staged by the Australian theatre director Simon Stone, the Festival d’Aix writes a new page in the history of opera and gives life to a work that will also be performed in Amsterdam, Helsinki, London and San Francisco.

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  • Credits

    Conductor

    Susanna Mälkki

    Stage Director

    Simon Stone

    Stage Designer

    Chloe Lamford

    Costume Designer

    Mel Page

    Lighting Designer

    James Farncombe

    Waitress

    Magdalena Kožená

    Mother-in-Law

    Sandrine Piau

    Father-in-Law

    Tuomas Pursio

    Bride

    Anna Prohaska*

    Groom

    Markus Nykänen

    Priest

    Jukka Rasilainen

    Teacher

    Lucy Shelton

    Student 1 (Marketa)

    Vilma Jää

    Student 2 (Lilly)

    Beate Mordal*

    Student 3

    Julie Hega

    Student 4

    Simon Kluth

    Student 5 (Jeronimo)

    Camilo Delgado Díaz

    Student 6

    Marina Dumont

    Chorus

    Estonian Philharmonic Choir

    Orchestra

    London Symphony Orchestra

    * former artists of the Académie

     

  • Synopsis

    It is a typical wedding for a cosmopolitan city, in present-day Finland. The fiancé is Finnish, the bride Romanian, and the mother-in-law French. But suddenly, during the wedding banquet, the Czech waitress feels ill…. Ten years earlier, these characters were struck by a tragic event. Ghosts revive their memories of the trauma, which occurred in a school; there is a guilty haze, a lost innocence. Kaija Saariaho’s new opera is the result of a meeting between this great composer and another Finish artist, the novelist Sofi Oksanen, who is unrivalled in her ability to force today’s reality to confront the past. Innocence—their vast choral drama for soloists, choir and orchestra— is a contemporary tragedy made radiant through its powerful music and the intermingling of words from different languages. With this world premiere, conducted by musical director Susanna Mälkki and staged by the Australian theatre director Simon Stone, the Festival d’Aix writes a new page in the history of opera and gives life to a work that will also be performed in Amsterdam, Helsinki, London and San Francisco.

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