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Kaija Saariaho (composer)

Conversations | Saariaho

BBC Music Magazine has crowned the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho the greatest living composer in 2019. Her operas, in particular, have enjoyed outstanding success. Her work is characterised by the close artistic association with peers and a pressing desire to convey ideas, images and emotions to her audience.

On the occasion of the 1st performance of her work at the Royal Swedish Opera, Saariaho joins dramaturg Katarina Aronsson on stage in Stockholm for an intimate discussion. Listen to her discuss among other things: her ongoing collaboration with the writer Amin Maalouf and the opera director Peter Sellars and why she considers La Passion de Simone as her musical testament.

Kaija Saariaho Royal Swedish Opera

Join us for the full interview on Saturday at 20:30 CET after the stream of La Passion de Simone.

▶ La Passion de Simone - Watch the full performance on OperaVision from 16 January 2021 to 16 July 2021.