Kaija Saariaho: La Passion de Simone

New Crowned Hope

10 - 12 July 2007 / 20:00

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Some of the best classical music in London

Kaija Saariaho La Passion de Simone (UK premiere)
A Musical Journey in Fifteen Stations
Text by Amin Maalouf

Peter Sellars
Dawn Upshaw soprano
Michael Schumacher dancer
Dominique Blanc spoken text
Robert Spano conductor
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
London Voices
Martin Pakledinaz costume design
James F. Ingalls lighting design

Kaija Saariaho’s oratorio for soprano, choir, electronics and orchestra, with a text by Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf, explores the life and spiritual world of French-Jewish feminist philosopher, mathematician and mystic Simone Weil who, in exile in England in 1943, made the ultimate sacrifice, dying of starvation after refusing to eat more food than her fellow countrymen in the Nazi death camps. This work was composed for the incomparable Dawn Upshaw who performs it here for the first time ?her only UK performance this year.

Tue 10 Jul time 6.30pm Barbican Hall
Pre-concert talk
Kaija Saariaho and Peter Sellars in conversation

Commissioned jointly by the New Crowned Hope (Vienna), Barbican Centre, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York)

Barbican members 20% discount available on this concert.
Members' discounts are limited and subject to availability. Membership fee applies.

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This event is part of:
Great Performers 2007-2008
Great Performers 2006-2007
New Crowned Hope - A Festival by Peter Sellars

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