Kaija Saariaho

L’Amour de Loin

Dec 1 - Dec 29 Buy Tickets from $27

Libretto by Amin Maalouf

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

Production a gift of the Francis Goelet Trusts

Additional funding from The H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD.
and Oscar Tang Endowment Fund

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and L’Opéra de Québec;
In collaboration with Ex Machina

Read Synopsis
  • Sung In
  • French
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 2 hrs 33 mins
  • House Opens
  • Act I 66 mins
  • Intermission 30 mins
  • Act II 57 mins
  • Opera Ends
New Production Dec 1 - Dec 29 Buy Tickets from $27


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Production Robert Lepage

Associate Director Sybille Wilson

Set and Costume Designers Michael Curry

Lighting Designer Kevin Adams

Lightscape Image Designer Lionel Arnould

Sound Designer Mark Grey

Kaija Saariaho


Kaija Saariaho


Amin Maalouf