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Total duration 2 h 15 min
1 intermission (25 min)
5 performances
12.4.2017 – 29.4.2017
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-119 €
Performed in English
Tekstitys suomeksi ja ruotsiksi

Kaija Saariaho and Peter Sellars to co-operate again

All of the operas of composer Kaija Saariaho have achieved international success. The FNOB has previously staged L’amour de loin, Adriana mater and Émilie, and now features Saariaho’s most recent stage work. In two operas based on old Japanese plays and directed by Peter Sellars, there is little external action but much rich content.

A co-production of De Nationale Opera (The Netherlands), Opéra National de Paris, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro Real of Madrid and Finnish National Opera.

Kaija Saariaho

“These stories are interesting and ambiguous, leaving a lot of room for music. […] The subject matter and the extremely concise texts offer scope for a new kind of vocal texture and use of electronics.”

– Kaija Saariaho in Rondo Classic

Synopsis

In Always Strong, a young lute player named Tsunemasa returns to court after his death. While alive, he played heavenly and erotically charged music, but now he cannot find happiness. A monk brings a lute to the altar: Tsunemasa’s spirit touches the lute and then gradually disappears. Only the sound remains.

In the other work on the double bill, Feather mantle, a fisherman finds the feather coat of an angel. The angel wants it back, as it is impossible to return to heaven without it. The fisherman promises to return the coat if the angel will dance for him. Gradually, the angel disappears. Only the sound remains.

More information in the program booklet.

Creative Team

Conductor
André de Ridder

Director
Peter Sellars

Sets
Julie Mehretu

Costumes
Robby Duiveman

Lighting design
James F. Ingalls

Sound design
Christophe Lebreton

Cast

Always strong
Meta4; Only the Sound Remains
String quartet
Feather mantle
Meta4; Only the Sound Remains
String quartet

Tickets

2 h 15 min
1 intermission (25 min)
5 performances
12.4.2017 – 29.4.2017
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-119 €
Performed in English
Tekstitys suomeksi ja ruotsiksi
Wed 12.4.2017
at 19:00
left
Sat 15.4.2017
at 14:00
on sale
Sat 22.4.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Thu 27.4.2017
at 19:00
left
Sat 29.4.2017
at 13:00
on sale
Töölönlahti

Only the Sound Remains forms part of the official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

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Afternoon Tea

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