#216 Love and Heresy

We had the distinct pleasure of attending two recent opera premieres, the World Premiere of Heresy in Dublin by Roger Doyle and the Met’s premiere of L’Amour de Loin by acclaimed composer Kaija Saariaho.

Both operas explore universal themes in strikingly different ways, from Doyle’s setting of the infamous heresy trial of Giordano Bruno, to Saariaho’s mythic setting of idealized love.

We’ll hear from Eric Fraad, the director of Heresy on what it’s like to adapt to experimental music and storytelling. We’ll also talk with both composers and feature music from the operas.

Hosted by Seth Boustead
Produced by Sarah Zwinklis

Music

At the Court of Elizabeth I Pt. 2 by Roger Doyle
Daire Halpin, soprano; Robert Crowe, male soprano

The Divine Sophia by Roger Doyle
Daire Halpin, soprano; Catriona O’Leary, mezzo soprano

L’Amour de Loin Overture by Kaija Saariaho
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Eric Owens, bass-baritone

The Cell – Hallucination by Roger Doyle
Iestyn Morris, counter tenor; Ahmad Alkaran, guest tenor; Caitriona O’Leary, mezzo soprano; Alex Smith, boy soprano

L’amour de Loin, Act II by Kaija Saariaho
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Susanna Phillips, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo soprano

Death by Fire by Roger Doyle
Morgan Crowley, tenor

L’Amour de Loin, Act IV by Kaija Saariaho
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Susanna Phillips, soprano; Eric Owens, bass-baritone

L’Amour de Loin, Act V by Kaija Saariaho
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Susanna Phillips, soprano

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