By Kaija Saariaho, Sofi Oksanen and Aleksi Barrière
June 1-21, 2024
Original Finnish Libretto
Text dramaturgy and multi-language translations
English, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, French, Swedish, German, Spanish and Greek
Starting at $26
1 hour, 45 minutes (no intermission)
Resilience at the Edge of Tragedy.
A joyous wedding celebration takes a shocking turn when the darkest of family secrets is revealed and a young bride has an impossible decision to make.
Acclaimed by The New York Times as a “masterpiece,” Innocence takes us to the limits of a family’s ability to deal with tragedy. In a gripping one-act drama, Kaija Saariaho and Sofi Oksanen unfold a harrowing story of emotional shock and surprise in which our understanding of innocence and guilt is continually upended.
Premiered in Aix-en-Provence in 2021 and making its American premiere in San Francisco, Innocence makes clear the power of the opera stage to tell emotive stories impossible in any other art form. Saariaho specialist Clément Mao-Takacs leads an international cast of singers and actors in this towering work performed in multiple languages.
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OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for the first three performances.