Kaija Saariaho: La Passion de Simone

Event Introduction

With a passion

La Passion de Simone is based on the life and ideas of French philosopher Simone Weil (1909–1943). In it, a young woman admires Simone while also questioning her radical integrity. The stage ensemble version of composer Kaija Saariaho’s oratorio La Passion de Simone will be performed for the first time in Helsinki.


Sayuri Araida, soprano
Isabelle Saleskovitch, actress
Vocal Quartet: Sandra Darcel (soprano), Marianne Seleskovitch (mezzo-soprano), Johan Viau (tenor), Romain Dayez (bass-baritone)


Composer – Kaija Saariaho
Libretto – Amin Maalouf
Conductor – Clément Mao-Takacs
Director – Aleksi Barrière
Lightning design – Étienne Exbrayat
Costumer – Liisa Nieminen
Producer – Teatro Productions Oy
Technicals – Musiikkitalon tekniikka
Orchestra – Avanti! chamber orchestra

Sponsors and partners

Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation


Music, Kaija Saariaho



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Event Information

  • Time:

    • Wed 1.9.2021 19:00

    • Thu 2.9.2021 19:00

    • Duration: 65 min, no intermission

  • Address:

    Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall
    Mannerheimintie 13 A
    00100 Helsinki

  • Tickets:

    19–74 € (Ticketmaster)

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