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InnocenceNew production

Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Pays-Bas
Dates/horaires selon le fuseau horaire de Amsterdam
samedi 07 octobre 202320:00
mardi 10 octobre 202320:00
vendredi 13 octobre 202320:00
mardi 17 octobre 202320:00
jeudi 19 octobre 202320:00
dimanche 22 octobre 202314:00
Saariaho, Kaija (1952-2023)Innocence (new production)
Dutch National Opera
Elena SchwarzDirection
Simon StoneMise en scène, Dramaturgie
Chloe LamfordDécors
Mel PageCostumes
James FarncombeLumières
Residentie Orkest The Hague
Chœur du Dutch National Opera
Jenny CarlstedtMezzo-sopranoWaitress
Markus NykänenBarytonGroom
Thomas OliemansBarytonFather-in-Law
Lenneke RuitenSopranoMother-in-Law
Lucy SheltonSopranoTeacher
Vilma JääVoixMarkéta (Student 1) (Student 1)
Frederik BergmanBarytonPriest
Lilian FarahaniSopranoBride
My JohanssonSopranoLilly (Student 2) (Student 2)
Julie HegaSopranoIris (Student 3)
Camilo Delgado DiazTénorJerónimo (Student 5) (Student 5)
Olga HeikkiläSopranoAlexia (Student 6)
Edward Ananian-CooperChef de chœur

The new opera Innocence recounts a topical tale of guilt, forgiveness and being haunted for life by traumatic events. Dutch National Opera presents the latest work by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers in the world. The libretto is by compatriot and bestseller author Sofi Oksanen.

A mass shooting takes place at an international school. Ten years later, the shooter’s younger brother gets married and hopes to put this history behind him for good. However, the wedding turns into a confrontation with the past. Traumas that had been suppressed by all the individuals involved resurface, and the distinction between perpetrator and victim becomes increasingly blurred.

The world premiere of Innocence was in 2021 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where the opera was highly praised by critics. With the force of a psychological thriller, it shows the far-reaching effects of violence, while Kaija Saariaho’s music reverberates more than ever before with the sounds of raw realism. 

The makers

The Australian theatre, film and opera director Simon Stone, who caused a stir in the Netherlands with his impressive theatrical productions at the Holland Festival and ITA (Flight 49, Medea and Ibsen House), will be making his debut at Dutch National Opera with his staging of Saariaho’s latest work. After Émilie (2010) and Only the Sound Remains (2016), Innocence is Saariaho’s third work to be performed by Dutch National Opera.

The Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz, an ardent advocate of new music, makes her DNO-debut with Innocence. Three audience favourites — Dutch singers Lilian Farahani, Lenneke Ruiten and Thomas Oliemans — will also be starring in this opera.

Composition commission and co-production by Dutch National Opera, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Royal Opera House (London), Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Helsinki) and San Francisco Opera

In collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera

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