Documentary - The Genesis of Adriana Mater, by Per Nygren
Adriana Mater is the second opera by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, with
a libretto in French by her frequent collaborator, Amin Maalouf. The National
Opera of Paris and the Finnish National Opera jointly commissioned the opera.
It received its world premiere at the Opéra Bastille on 3 April 2006 in a
production directed by Peter Sellars. The production was dedicated to Gerard
Mortier, Artistic Director of the National Opera of Paris.
The opera’s Finnish premiere took place on 23 February 2008 in Helsinki. The
opera received its UK premiere in a concert performance on 24 April 2008 and
its US premiere took place at the Santa Fe Opera on 26 July 2008 with Groop
and Freund in their original roles.
Saariaho used memories of her own first pregnancy as part of the inspiration
for the opera. Maalouf utilised his memories of being a war correspondent and
his awareness of contemporary political and religious conflicts as themes in the
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|Kaija Saariaho, photo Esa Jaske.|