The opera “Innocence” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho was presented at the International Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France, and tells the story of a cosmopolitan marriage that harks back to the themes of guilt, innocence, and who will find himself confronted with family secrets from the past.
“Somehow, this work is a bit of a thriller, because we gradually understand the relationships between the characters, between the languages … We wonder, precisely, who is innocent and if we are not ultimately all guilty of something? “, analyzes the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
The composer called on a compatriot, the writer Sofi Oksanen, to write the libretto. “Kaija Saariaho is one of the most important contemporary composers of contemporary music today. She is a genius of contemporary music”, where Camilo Delgado Díaz, Colombian tenor.
With this fourth opera, Kaija Saariaho seems to have conquered the public. “It’s a remarkable opera. It has a rock and roll side. It’s very Nordic. There is also a bit of Icelandic Björk, there are very Nordic sounds, violent and deeply permeating”, describes this viewer.
The opera was presented in early July as part of a program that Festival Secretary General Jérôme Brunetière describes as “eclectic”. The Festival offers a “very varied programming”, he explains, “since we go from Monteverdi, the origin of opera, to contemporary creation, with a creation of the opera Innocence by Kaija Saariaho, which is a great success”.
The Aix-en-Provence International Lyrical Art Festival continues its programming until July 25.