Innocence

By Kaija Saariaho, Sofi Oksanen and Aleksi Barrière

Overview

Dates

June 1-21, 2024

Composer

Kaija Saariaho

Libretto

Sofi Oksanen and Aleksi Barrière

Price

Starting at $26

Run Time

1 hour, 45 minutes (no intermission)

Languages

English, Finnish, Czech, Romanian, French, Swedish, German, Spanish and Greek

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 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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Creative Team

Production

Simon Stone *

Set Designer

Chloe Lamford *

Costume Designer

Mel Page *

Lighting Designer

James Farncombe *

Projection Designer

Timo Kurkikangas *

Choreographer

Arco Renz *

* San Francisco Opera Debut

PERFORMANCES
June 1, 7, 12, 16, 18, 21, 2024

Co-Commission and Co-Production of Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, San Francisco Opera, Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, Royal Opera House-Covent Garden London, Finnish National Opera and Ballet Helsinki

 

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Keith and Priscilla Geeslin; the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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