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In Kaija Saariaho’s hypnotic opera, based on Ezra Pound’s translations of two Japanese Noh plays, a ghost and an angel emerge from a world of light and shadow. A trio of celebrated performers—countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and dancer Nora Kimball-Mentzos—conjures these supernatural encounters in a U.S. premiere directed by Peter Sellars that shimmers with spectral power and ”overwhelms with beauty” (Bachtrack).
“This introspective music theatre, this future of opera, overwhelms with beauty, stimulates the imagination, and entrances the mind. Don’t miss it.”– Bachtrack
“Sensual and evocative.”– Financial Times
“Disarms, seduces and hypnotizes…. Not since Written on Skin has modern opera thrilled with such intensity”– Bachtrack
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Nora Kimball-Mentzos, dancer and choreographer
Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, conductor
Theatre of Voices
Meta4; Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Heikki Parviainen, percussion
Julie Mehretu, set designer
Robby Duiveman, costume designer
James F. Ingalls, lighting designer
Christophe Lebreton, sound designer
Sung in English with supertitles
Performance length: Two hours and 20 minutes, including intermission
A co-production of Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, Finnish National Opera, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Real, and Canadian Opera Company. As one of the original co-commissioners of Kaija Saariaho's Only the Sound Remains, the Canadian Opera Company is proud to support the North American premiere of this work at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.