CANCELLED: Kaija Saariaho – La Passion de Simone
Due to the coronavirus situation, the Finnish Government has declared that every public event with over 500 participators has to be cancelled until the end of May. We will do our best to hold the La Passion de Simone concerts at a later date.
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The theatrical ensemble version of Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone will have its Helsinki premiere in The Helsinki Music Centre in Easter 2020. La Passion de Simone offers a new kind of Easter experience, even for those with long Easter traditions.Through its philosophical perspective the oratorio appeals also to the younger audience.
A Paris-based music theatre company, La Chambre aux échos commissioned the chamber orchestra version of the oratorio in 2012 and gave the first premiere in November 14th 2013 in Melos-Ethos Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia. The oratorio has since been performed on several festivals (Saint-Denis, Bergen, Njord, Lublin) as well as New York, Paris and Copenhagen and various opera houses in France.
In Helsinki, the artists from La Chambre aux échos will be performing together with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. The performance is conducted by Clément Mao-Takacs, a Saariaho specialist, and directed by Aleksi Barrière.
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Sandra Darcel (soprano)
Marianne Seleskovitch (mezzo-soprano)
Johan Viau (tenor)
Romain Dayez (bass baritone)