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Total duration 1 h 20 min
no intermission
Almi Hall
15-30 €
Performed in English
Surtitles in Finnish and English

Performances of Between cancelled

We have had to cancel our performances of Between 3-6 February 2021.
We will contact customers who have bought tickets and/or refreshments for the cancelled performances.

An opera of silence and untamed forces

Kaija Saariaho’s first composition for the stage, Study for Life, was performed only once in February 1981.  Now a new generation of artists is giving her cryptic first step towards opera a fresh interpretation by combining it with the stage version of the violin concerto Graal Théâtre.

Composers Sebastian Hilli and Matias Vestergård with their poetic sound visions also represent the new generation. Four works come together to create a poignant world premiere, an opera of silence and untamed forces.

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Idea and action, mind and body, music and theatre – unexpected and dizzying spaces unravel at the nameless crossroads of these dualities. We follow a character roaming through a world of devastation, guided beyond the curtain of reality by words, sound and imagery.

An evening of music theatre

The music theatre group La Chambre aux échos who brought us the world premiere Violences in 2019  returns to Almi Hall at the Finnish National Opera, delivering a new adventure for the senses.


Study for Life (1981, rev. 2019)
Music: Kaija Saariaho
Text: Thomas Stearns Eliot – The Hollow Men

…through its darkness (2019, rev. 2021)
Matias Vestergård

Peach (2019, rev. 2021)
Sebastian Hilli

Graal Théâtre (1994, rev.  2018)
Music: Kaija Saariaho
Text: Aleksi Barrière – Not A Knight

Creative team

Music Kaija Saariaho, Matias Vestergård, Sebastian Hilli

Music theatre group La Chambre aux échos

Stage Direction and Video Aleksi Barrière
Stage and Lighting Design Étienne Exbrayat
Sound and Video Engineering Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Visual Art (Study for life) Martin Atanasov

Conductor Clément Mao-Takacs
Actor Thomas Kellner
Soprano Tuuli Lindeberg
Solo violin Peter Herresthal

Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra

Production La Chambre aux échos

A workshop version was presented at the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari 2019.

Translations Aleksi Barrière


Musica Nova Helsinki

Between is part of the Musica nova Helsinki Festival.

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Please note that this performance has no intermission. The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performance.

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