One of the most highly praised operas of recent years, which had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romance L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), has its Met premiere this season. The production is by Robert Lepage, co-produced with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim last summer, in collaboration with Ex Machina. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.
"As in many of Ms. Saariaho’s works, whole stretches of the score come across as dreamlike, continually alive with color and inner details" ~ The New York Times
"Sixteen years after its world premiere, Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’amour de loin has finally blown into the Metropolitan Opera like a breeze in a silk emporium, all iridescent flutterings and ravishing mystery." ~ Vulture