La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho in Helsinki 2020

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.


SUN 12.4.2020 19.00

MON 13.4.2020 16.00


Kaija Saariaho

Amin Maalouf

Clément Mao-Takacs

Aleksi Barrière

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

Sayuri Araida
soprano soloist

Isabelle Seleskovitch

Sandra Darcel (soprano)
vocal quartet

Marianne Seleskovitch (mezzo-soprano)
vocal quartet

Johan Viau (tenor)
vocal quartet

Romain Dayez (bass baritone)
vocal quartet