La Passion de Simone
SUN 4.4.2021 and MON 5.4.2021
At Musiikkitalo Concert Hall:
SUN 4.4.2021 at 17.00
MON 5.4.2021 at 17.00
Touching and philosophical La Passion de Simone’s by Kaija Saariaho brings something to think for Easter Week! Performances in the Concert Hall Sun 4.4.2021 and Mon 5.4.2021
“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 Easter 2020. For the audience, who might traditionally head for church and passions at Easter, it offers a new kind of Easter 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.
Composer – Kaija Saariaho
Libretto – Amin Maalouf
Conductor – Clément Mao-Takacs
Director – Aleksi Barrière
Lightning design – Étienne Exbayat
Costumer – Liisa Nieminen
Producer – Teatro Productions Oy
Technicals – Musiikkitalon tekniikka
Orchestra – Avanti! chaber orchestra
Soprano soloist – Sayuri Araida
Actress – Isabelle Saleskovitch
Vocal quartet – Sandra Darcel (soprano), Marianne Seleskovitch (mezzosoprano), Johan Viau (tenor), Romain Dayez (bass baritone)