Kaija Saariaho: "L’Amour" now on DVD

Kaija Saariaho: "L’Amour" now on DVD
Opera lovers who didn’t have the opportunity to see one of the eight productions of Kaija Saariaho’s L’AMOUR DE LOIN can rejoice. The Finnish National Opera’s 2004 production is now available on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon. Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, it stars soloists soprano Dawn Upshaw (for whom the heroine role of Clémence was written), mezzo- soprano Monica Groop, and baritone Gerald Finley. Peter Sellars directs. The DVD includes interviews with Sellars, Saariaho, and Salonen. Named "Best New Work of the Year" by THE NEW YORK TIMES, L’AMOUR DE LOIN premiered at the 2000 Salzburg Festival. The opera was inspired by 12th-century troubadour Jaufré Rudel’s famed story of tragic longing, "La Vida breve."

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