Aix-en-Provence Festival 2021: Innocence

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On tour

Mon 12 Jul 2021 8.00pm - 10.00pm
Grand Théâtre de Provence

Kaija Saariaho Innocence (world premiere)

Susanna Mälkki conductor
Magdalena Kožená Waitress
Sandrine Piau Mother-in-Law
Tuomas Pursio Father-in-Law
Lilian Farahani Bride
Markus Nykänen Groom
Jukka Rasilainen Priest
Lucy Shelton Teacher
Vilma Jää Student 1 (Marketa)
Beate Mordal Student 2 (Lilly)
Julie Hega Student 3
Simon Kluth Student 4
Camilo Delgado Díaz Student 5 (Jeronimo)
Marina Dumont Student 6
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
London Symphony Orchestra

Simon Stone Stage Director
Chloe Lamford Stage Designer
Mel Page Costume Designer
James Farncombe Lighting Designer
Arco Renz Choreography

Tickets: for more information and tickets please visit the Aix-en-Provence Festival website.

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.