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Kaija Saariaho

Émilie du Châtelet was a pioneering physicist, one of the most talented scientists of the 18th century and also a woman of strong emotions. At the moment in which she is depicted in this captivating monodrama, she is pregnant with her lover's child. Émilie, an exceptional woman facing conflicting expectations, will be played by the wonderful Camilla Nylund.

The sensitive music of Kaija Saariaho lends added depth to Émilie's musings on her relationship with Voltaire, with her lover, with science and with her as yet unborn child. She fears that childbirth will be the death of her. She does not have much time, but she needs to finish her magnum opus. "To the last I will hold the pen in my hand, my head held high, my heart full of love, my spirit in the stars." 

Tickets for the spring season performances available from 6 Oct 2014.
Tickets EUR 16-60, stalls from EUR 40 (incl. service charge). Full details of seat prices for each performance and updated information about seats available at online sales.

Duration 1 h 10 min
Performed in French, surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English.
  • Conductor André de Ridder
  • Director Marianne Weems
  • Assistant Director Jessie Mills
  • Sets Neal Wilkinson
  • Video design Austin Switser
  • Lighting design Allen Hahn
  • Sound design Dan Dobson
  • Costumes Claudia Stephens

Show time: Thu 2 Apr 2015 19:00

  • Conductor André de Ridder

Show time: Mon 6 Apr 2015 14:00

  • Conductor André de Ridder

Show time: Thu 9 Apr 2015 19:00

  • Conductor André de Ridder