Only the sound remains

Kaija Saariaho

Palais Garnier - from 23 January to 07 February 2018

Only the sound remains

Opera in two parts

Music
Kaija Saariaho
Libretto
Ezra Pound
Ernest Fenollosa

After Deux pièces du théâtre nô japonais, Tsunemasa, Hagoromo

In English

Conductor
Ernest Martínez Izquierdo
Director
Peter Sellars
Spirit, Angel
Philippe Jaroussky
Priest, Fisherman
Davone Tines
Danseuse
Nora Kimball‑Mentzos
Quatuor à cordes
Meta4
Kantele
Eija Kankaanranta
Flûte
Camilla Hoitenga
Percussion
Heikki Parviainen
Quatuor vocal
Theatre of Voices
Else Torp
Iris Oja
Paul Bentley-Angell
Jakob Bloch Jespersen
Set design
Julie Mehretu
Costume design
Robby Duiveman
Lighting design
James F. Ingalls
Sound
Christophe Lebreton

French and English surtitles
Commande et coproduction avec de Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, teatro real, Madrid, finnish National Opera, Helsinki

about


The timbre of the lute or the voice, the movements of dance and those of the wind are so many intangible treasures, the loss of which can be unbearable.
Only the Sound Remains brings together two short operas, Always Strong and Feather Mantle, inspired by two plays from Japanese No theatre: Tsunemasa and Hagoromo. After a violent death in combat, the tormented Tsunemasa reappears at court: his spirit has been deprived of the happiness of playing the lute, an instrument from which his skill once drew enchanting sounds. In Feather Mantle, a fisherman appropriates a mantle which he finds hanging from a branch.
A young nymph asks him to give it back so that she can return to heaven. In exchange, she promises him the offering of a dance.

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