La Passion de Simone
AT THE HELSINKI MUSIC CENTRE - NEW DATES CONFIRMED!
Previously purchased tickets remain valid as is for the new performance dates:
12.4.2020/30.8.2020/4.4.2021/1.9.2021/29.12.2021 >> 29.12.2022
13.4.2020/31.8.2020/5.4.2021/2.9.2021/30.12.2021 >> 30.12.2022
Thu 29.12.2022 at 19.00
Fri 30.12.2022 at 19.00
Touching and philosophical La Passion de Simone’s by Kaija Saariaho brings something to think for the end of December! Performances in the Concert Hall Thu 29.12.2022 and Fri 30.12.2022. “Because nothing of the present is absolutely worthy of love, one must love that which does not exist.”
La Passion de Simone by composer Kaija Saariaho is based on the life and thoughts of French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943). In this work, a young woman admires Simone while questioning her radical integrity.
A staged ensemble version of the oratorio will be premiered in Helsinki at Christmas 2021. For the audience, who might traditionally head for church and concerts at Chrismas, it offers a new kind of experience. Through its philosophical world of thought, the work also speaks to a younger audience.
The Paris-based music theater group La Chambre aux échos commissioned a version for Chamber Orchestra of La Passion de Simone and premiered it on November 14, 2013 at the Melos-Ethos Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since then, the production has traveled to festivals (Saint-Denis, Bergen, Njord, Lublin) and, for example New York, Paris, Copenhagen and various opera houses in France.
In addition to the performers of La Chambre aux échos, the Finnish Chamber Orchestra Avanti! will be seen on stage. The conductor will be Saariaho specialist Clément Mao-Takacs. The stage is directed by Aleksi Barrière.
Before both performances, discussion sessions linked to the work and Simone Weil will be organized, to which the public has free access. Both sessions are held in the Musiikkitalo glass corner, next to the Musiikkitalo Café.
29.12. at 17:30 La Passion de Simone introductory talk: Aleksi Barrière and Kaija Saariaho interviewed by Jarkko Hartikainen.
30.12. at 17:30 Panel discussion: at Simone Weil’s side.
Friday’s performance will be preceded by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will reflect on the life and thinking of the philosopher Simone Weil (1909–1943), which are also the subject of the oratorio.
Guests are Aleksi Barrière, Kaija Saariaho, Mirja Hartimo and Jarkko S. Tuusvuori. The panel discussion is hosted by Jaakko Belt.
Composer – Kaija Saariaho
Libretto – Amin Maalouf
Conductor – Clément Mao-Takacs
Director – Aleksi Barrière
Lightning design – Étienne Exbrayat
Costumer – Liisa Nieminen
Producer – Teatro Productions Oy
Technicals – Musiikkitalon tekniikka
Orchestra – Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Soprano soloist – Sayuri Araida
Actress – Isabelle Saleskovitch
Vocal quartet – Faustine de Monès (soprano), Marianne Seleskovitch (mezzosoprano), Johan Viau (tenor), Johannes Linneballe (baritone)