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GENERAL PUBLIC: FROM 17 SEPTEMBER 2018
The Teatro Real welcomes the premiere in Spain of Only the Sound Remains, the latest opera of Kaija Saariaho, one of today’s most acclaimed composers and the 2017 recipient of the “Fronteras del Conocimiento de la Fundación BBVA” prize for her contribution to contemporary music. In this new production of the Teatro Real and the Opéra national de Paris, Philippe Jaroussky and Davone Tines are the symbollic protaganists of the opera, a sensorial experience with orientalist overtones. Stage Director Peter Sellars returns to the Teatro Real after his much applauded productions of Iolanta/Persephone, The Indian Queen and Tristan und Isolde.
Music by Kaija Saariaho (1952)
Libretto by Ezra Pound and Ernest Fenollosa, inspired by Japanese Noh theatre.
Premiered at Opera Forward Festival from De Nationale Opera & Ballet of Amsterdam on 15 March 2016
Premiere in Spain
New production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with De Nationale Opera & Ballet of Amsterdam, the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto, the Opéra National de Paris and the Finnish National Opera of Helsinki
Production Team & Cast
James F. Ingalls
Theatre of Voices (Else Torp, Iris Oja, Paul Bentley-Angell, Steffen Bruun)
Meta4 Quartet (Antti Tikkanen, Minna Pensola, Atte Kilpeläinen, Tomas Djupsjöbacka)
The Japanese Theatre nôh was born of the buddhist idea that Light is hidden behind the Shadows so as not to blind the common mortal. The composer, Kaija Saariaho – 2017 winner of the Fronteras del Conocimiento de la Fundación BBVA prize– reveals that Hidden Light. Two Works, based on nôh, Always Strong and Feather Mantle, serve as the source of inspiration for Only the Sound Remains, a work in which symbolism substitutes action, in a beautiful exercise of overflowing tension.
In Always Strong, the spirit of a young lute player is presented before a court after having died in violent circumstances. While still alive, his playing was erotic and divine, but now dead, he is unable to achieve the same effect. In Feather Mantle, a fisherman finds a feather cape hanging from the branch of a tree. When he tried to take it to his home, a celestial angel appeared and asked him to return it. Initially, the fisherman refuses to do so, but the lamentation of the angel unable to return to heaven without the cape moved him, and he finally promises to return the cape if the angel will show him one of his dances. The angel accepts and dancing, ascends to heaven. In the wake of the lute player and the angel, only the sound is left.
23 OCT (T) 20:00h
26 OCT (F) 20:00h
29 OCT (M) 20:00h
31 OCT (W) 20:00h
5 NOV (M) 20:00h
7 NOV (W) 20:00h
9 NOV (F) 20:00h
- Place: Main Auditorium