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Saariaho
L'Amour de Loin

Robert Lepage’s dreamlike production, with its thousands of twinkling LED lights stretching across the stage to represent the sea, encapsulates the mystic feeling of L’Amour de Loin, Saariaho’s haunting opera of distant love. Eric Owens is Jaufré Rudel, a troubadour in 12th century France who has become tired of his hedonistic life and longs for an idealized love. Enter the Pilgrim (Tamara Mumford) who tells him his perfect love does, in fact, exist, far across the sea. She is Clémence, Countess of Tripoli (Susanna Phillips). The magic of the characters’ inner lives as they explore the meaning of love, longing, life, and death is heightened by Saariaho’s hypnotic and bewitching score, conducted by Susanna Mälkki.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Dec 10, 2016
Composer
Kaija Saariaho
Librettist
Amin Maalouf
Run Time
2 HRS 21 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Susanna Mälkki
Clémence
Susanna Phillips
The Pilgrim
Tamara Mumford
Jaufré Rudel
Eric Owens
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