Performed in the original French with Czech and English subtitles
Our tender words drift from shore to shore...
Experience the story of a nobleman from Blaye who hears of a Princess from Tripoli. He falls deeply in love with her and sets out on a long journey just to set eyes on her... The troubadour Jaufré Rudel, a nobleman from Blaye, was a real figure from the 12th century, whose amorous infatuations were captured in his songs. He perfected the concept of love from afar, which the opera took as its title and which is reflected in its content. “To dream about the form and intensity of love with the realization that it will not become a reality – that is the basis of Rudel’s poetry,” said the librettist Amin Maalouf. The opera’s musical language was greatly inspired by medieval and Arabic music and uses unusual sound effects. For example, the chorus is partly used as an instrumental element of the orchestra. The renowned Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho (*1952) was commissioned to write it by the Salzburg Festival in 2000. In 2003 it was awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Since that time it has been performed in many of the leading European opera houses. In December 2016 it will be performed for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Janáček Opera is proud to give L’amour de loin its first performance in the Czech Republic.
Czech premiere 24th March 2017, Janáček Theatre