Tamara Mumford, Eric Owens
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki [Debut]
Production: Robert Lepage
Jaufré Rudel: Eric Owens
Clémence: Susanna Phillips
Pilgrim: Tamara Mumford
Eric Owens declared L'Amour de Loin by Kaija Saariaho to be a masterpiece. I concur.
Eric Owens, Susanna Phillips
I enjoyed all the interviews but it was especially interesting to hear from Susanna Phillips that she was present at the premiere in Salzburg in 2000.
I love this opera. It is the performance from this season that I have most looked forward to, and I was not disappointed. Bravi tutti. The chorus sat in rows under the led lights, standing to become visible to the audience.
I found the production completely charming. Susannah Phillips said that the sea of ever-changing lights was invisible to the performers, and they were all anxious to see the film. Their show repeats on Wednesday, so perhaps a special showing? There were birds flying that looked more like doves than gulls. When Rudel is crossing, he dreams of Clémence leaping out of the sea and diving, rather like a dolphin. This was the most curious part of the production. It was all like a dream. A dream of love.
This isn't my first time with this opera. To read my first thoughts see here.