World Premiere of "Innocence" by Kaija Saariaho at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

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13 July 2021

FEDORA Prizes, Platform Members, Nominee

July 3rd to 12th 2021 marked the world premiere of Innocence by Kaija Saariaho - Nominee of the FEDORA Opera Prize 2021 - at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. On this occasion, this powerful opera creation received a strong and positive reception from the audience and the press.

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Voices of the Press

"Welcomed by a standing ovation, the Finnish composer repeats George Benjamin's Written on Skin, premiered at the same venue in 2012: Aix decidedly has a lucky hand in creation."


"Under the spellbinding direction of the talented Susanna Mälkki [...], the London Symphony Orchestra has brought Innocence into the pantheon of operatic art [...]."


"From the libretto to the staging, everything promises this dark and powerful work a future in the greatest international venues."


"At the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the world premiere of Innocence, the latest opera by the composer Kaija Saariaho [...] produced a real emotional shock."



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