INNOCENCE

KAIJA SAARIAHO (1952)

OPERA IN FIVE ACTS
LIBRETTO BY SOFI OKSANEN, TRANSLATED BY ALEKSI BARRIÈRE

WORLD PREMIERE
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

COMMISSIONED AND COPRODUCED BY FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE, SAN FRANCISCO OPERA, DUTCH NATIONAL OPERA, FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE COVENT GARDEN
WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF KAROLINA BLABERG STIFTUNG, JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUBOS, CLAUDE AND TUULIKKI JANSSEN

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 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.

Saturday 4 July 2020
8:00pm
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Wednesday 8 July 2020
8:00pm
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Saturday 11 July 2020
8:00pm
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Tuesday 14 July 2020
8:00pm
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Tickets: €30, €55, €80, €120, €160, €200, €290
Youth Ticket: €9
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Performance available with the Ticket Package and Prestige Offers

1 hour and 45 minutes without interval

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