On December 1st (airing on Classical 91.5 on Sat Dec 10 at 1:00 p.m.) the Metropolitan Opera will present the first fully staged opera composed by a female composer since 1903.
That composer, 64-year-old Kaija Saariaho from Helsinki, incorporates technology and changeable textures into her lush and intense vocal lines. In “L’Amour de Loin” (Libretto by Amin Maalouf) Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love, Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea, and Tamara Mumford is the pilgrim who brings messages back and forth. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut. This new opera will also be available at local movie theaters Live in HD. Learn more about Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin.”