INNOCENCE

KAIJA SAARIAHO (1952)

OPERA IN FIVE ACTS
ORIGINAL FINNISH LIBRETTO BY SOFI OKSANEN
MULTILINGUAL LIBRETTO BY ALEKSI BARRIERE

WORLD PREMIERE
Conductor
Susanna Mälkki
Stage Director
Simon Stone
Stage Designer
Chloe Lamford
Costume Designer
Mel Page
Lighting Designer
James Farncombe
Choreography
Arco Renz
Assistant to the Conductor
Clément Mao-Takacs
Vocal Coaches
Frédéric Calendreau, Alain Muller
Assistants to the Stage Director
Sybille Wilson, Robin Ormond
Assistants to the Costumes Designer
Elisa Penel, Angèle Mignot
Sound Engineer
Timo Kurkikangas
Assistant to the Set Designer
Blanca Añón García
Waitress
Magdalena Kožená
Mother-in-Law
Sandrine Piau
Father-in-Law
Tuomas Pursio
Bride
Lilian Farahani
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
Extra
Helene Beilvaire, Maëlle Desclaux, Paul Escamez, Elie Gautron, Hagop Kalfayan, Mathilde Melero, Ælfgyve Parry Courtier, Lucile Signoret
Chorus
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Chorus Master
Lodewijk van der Ree
Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
* former artist of the Académie

COMMISSIONED AND COPRODUCED BY FESTIVAL D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET, DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE COVENT GARDEN, SAN FRANCISCO OPERA

EN PARTENARIAT AVEC LE METROPOLITAN OPERA

WITH THE SUPPORT OF KAROLINA BLABERG STIFTUNG, JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUBOS, CLAUDE AND TUULIKKI JANSSEN, AMMODO

Editor Chester music Ltd

Aren’t you always guilty from the moment you run off?

Sofi Oksanen: Purge, 2008

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 Finnish artist, the novelist Sofi Oksanen, who is unrivalled in her ability to force today’s reality to confront the past. Innocence—multiplot opera for soloists, chorus 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.

Saturday 3 July 2021
8:00pm
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Tuesday 6 July 2021
8:00pm
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Saturday 10 July 2021
8:00pm
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Monday 12 July 2021
8:00pm
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Tickets: €30, €55, €80, €120, €160, €200, €290
Youth Ticket: €9
Family Opera Tariff
Performance available with the Ticket Package and Prestige Offers

1h45 without interval

Sung in English, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, French, Swedish, German, Spanish and Greek with French and English surtitles