Kaija Saariaho’s ‘L’Amour de Loin’ to premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Opera on 1 December, directed by Robert Lepage

New Production

L’AMOUR DE LOIN

Composed by Kaija Saariaho

Directed by Robert Lepage | Conducted by Susanna Mälkki 

 1 – 29 December, 2016

Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), one of the most highly praised operas of recent years, will have its Met premiere on 1 December in a production directed by Robert Lepage and conducted by Susanna Mälkki in her Met debut.

Lepage’s staging, which uses thousands of LED lights to create the sea that separates the opera’s distant lovers, is a co-production with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim in the summer of 2015.

Susanna Phillips stars as Clémence, the Countess of Tripoli, opposite Eric Owens as Jaufré Rudel, a troubadour on a quest to find his perfect love, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages back and forth between them.



Robert Lepage, known for directing the Met’s productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, and Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, leads a production team featuring  Michael Curry as set and costume designer, Kevin Adams as lighting designer, Lionel Arnould as lightscape image designer, Mark Grey as sound designer, and Sybille Wilson as assistant director.


The December 10 matinee performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of the 11th season of the Met’s Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.


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