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La Passion de Simone

Presented by Sydney Festival in association with The Song Company

Music by Kaija Saariaho
Text by Amin Maalouf

Australian premiere

Passion and philosophy collide in a glimmering ascent to enlightenment.

Simone Weil bestrode the 20th century as a figure of impossible grace. Acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho tells her story through music in this deeply spiritual work, never before seen in Australia.
Saariaho’s score is luminous and coruscating, blending a single incredible soloist with the voices of The Song Company and nineteen virtuoso instrumentalists.

Star soprano Jane Sheldon (The Howling Girls, An Index of Metals) leads the audience through Weil’s extraordinary life, from her rejection of labour during World War II to her exile into self-imposed starvation in protest of the Holocaust’s atrocity. Director Imara Savage and designer Elizabeth Gadsby, the creative team behind the acclaimed Fly Away Peter, return to SCO for this shimmering meditation on defiance in the face of inhumanity.

Photography: Samuel Hodge

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director
  • Imara Savage
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Elizabeth Gadsby
  • Lighting Design
  • Alexander Berlage
  • Video Artist
  • Mike Daly
  • Solo Soprano
  • Jane Sheldon
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • The Song Company
  • Dates
  • 8pm Wed 9, Thurs 10, Fri 11 January 2019
  • Venue
  • Carriageworks Bay 17, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
  • Tickets
  • $46 - $60 Available here
  • Acknowledgements
  • La Passion de Simone is published by Chester Music, by kind permission of The Music Sales Group
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