L'Amour de Loin New York Tickets
L’Amour de Loin
The opera L’Amour de Loin, which means “love from afar” in English, debuted in 2000. Jaufré longs for a different love, one who is far away; he realizes it is unlikely that he will ever find her. His old companions (the chorus) laugh at his dreams and tell him this woman does not exist. However, Jaufré hears differently from a pilgrim and devotes himself to thinking only of finding her.
Kaija Saariaho composed the score set to a libretto written by Amin Maalouf. Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival to create an opera, Saariaho had a 12th-century poem called “La Vida Breve” in mind for it. Written by a French troubadour named Jaufre Rudel de Blaye, the poem told of the author’s great passion from the East “of whom he has only heard.” In 1996, she set the poem to music in a score written for soprano and electronic instruments.
Saariaho teamed with Maalouf to transform the simple poem into a “complex story very simply told” with a straightforward plot delving into themes of obsession and devotion, reality and illusion, and the “loneliness of the artist, the need to belong.”
Premiering at the Salzburg Festival in 2000 under conductor Kent Nagano, the opera received its American premiere at the Santa Fe Opera in 2002, conducted by Robert Spano. American-born theater director, Peter Sellars, known for his work with contemporary operas and his unique staging, directed the initial productions. Revived and performed several times since its debut, Susanna Malkki is conducting this production at the Met.
New York Tickets
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Beyond L’Amour de Loin, other productions that might be of interest are Romeo et Juliette, or Tristan und Isolde. Check out the event schedule and be sure to get your tickets through StubHub.
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