Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simoneis very strange and full of contradictions and inherently anti-theatrical. When I first listened to it, it wasn’t the story that stood out to me, which is usually where my head goes. In fact, I had a hard time trying to make any narrative sense of not just the libretto, but of the music.

La Passione de Simone Soprano Jane Sheldon in La Passion de Simone. Photo...

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