Directed by Robert Lepage, this production of Saariaho's landmark opera was notable for its use of over 28,000 LED lights to create a dreamlike atmosphere in the tale of idealized love and longing, which features a libretto by Amin Maalouf based on his novel of the same name. The production also made the news as it was the first opera by a woman to be staged at the Met since Ethel Smyth’s Der Wald in 1903.
Bass-baritone Eric Owens sings the role of the troubadour Jaufré Rudel, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford is the Pilgrim and soprano Susanna Phillips sings Clémence. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera is conducted by Susanna Mälkki.
Further information, including programme notes and interviews with the composer, director and other artistic contributors can be found at the Met Opera website.