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Adriana Mater opera's world première is big success in Paris

Adriana Mater opera's world première is big success in Paris
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The world première of Kaija Saariaho's second opera Adriana Mater at L'Opéra Bastille in Paris on Monday was a big success. The applause following the performance was excited albeit quite short, with people shouting "Bravo".
      Once the composer, dressed in red, stepped onto the stage, she received a thunderous ovation.
      Adriana Mater has recently received some publicity even through French television. Composer Kaija Saariaho, librettist Amin Maalouf, director Peter Sellars, and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen were all interviewed in the cultural news broadcasts of French TV.
In the TV interview Saariaho named director Sellars as the hero of the performance. Aside from the bitter and violent war events, Sellars has added to the opera a dimension of hope that the conductor herself had not envisaged in the first place.
      One of the principal themes in the opera is the relationship between the main character Adriana and her sister Refka. According to librettist Maalouf, the opera reflects "our world that has gone off the rails".
      While violent powers are rumbling in the music of the opera, also a poetic level of dream and reverie is present. The intense theme of the work forces the individual to contemplate particularly his or her relationship towards revenge and forgiveness.
      Adriana Mater demonstrates that Kaija Saariaho remains one of the most interesting and imaginative contemporary composers.
A strike forced L'Opéra Bastille to postpone Thursday's world première until Monday, and performances are to continue through April.
      However, the atmosphere in Paris is still tense, and further large demonstrations have been planned for today - Tuesday - against the contested new labour laws. Particularly students are protesting against the newly passed legislation, and strikes and street protests are expected to expand further.

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 Adriana Mater opera's world première is big success in Paris

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