A trou­ba­dour’s tale: L’amour de loin

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Lo­cal oper­a­go­ers will re­call Kaija Saari­aho’s opera L’amour de loin from the sum­mer of 2002, when Santa Fe Opera pre­sented the Amer­i­can pre­miere of this stately tale of me­dieval courtly love. Our com­pany com­mis­sioned it in con­sor­tium with the Salzburg Fes­ti­val and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris — and it has since been mounted in pro­duc­tions in Switzer­land, Ger­many, Fin­land, Le­banon, Nor­way, Great Bri­tain, Aus­tria, and Canada. This sea­son it pre­mieres at the Metropoli­tan Opera, only the sec­ond opera by a fe­male com­poser that com­pany has ever pre­sented. (The first was Ethel Smyth’s

Der Wald, per­formed in 1903). As part of the se­ries The Met: Live in HD, the pro­duc­tion will be broad­cast live to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 11 a.m. Satur­day, Dec. 10, with a re­peat screen­ing at 6 p.m. In the Met’s cast are so­prano Su­sanna Phillips, mezzo-so­prano Ta­mara Mum­ford, and bass-bari­tone Eric Owens; the con­duc­tor is Su­sanna Mälkki, and the pro­duc­tion is directed by Robert Lepage. Tick­ets ($22-$28) can be had through www.tick­etssantafe.org (505-988-1234). — James M. Keller

Su­sanna Phillips in L’amour de loin

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