Trailer of Innocence [with Elena Schwarz and Simon Stone] | Dutch National Opera

Psychological thriller on the opera stage

The new opera Innocence delves into the aftermath of a school shooting. A topical tale of guilt, forgiveness and being haunted for life by traumatic events. Dutch National Opera presents the latest work by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers in the world. The libretto is by compatriot and bestselling author Sofi Oksanen and dramaturg Aleksi Barrière, a specialist of new music theatre and multilingual dramaturgy.

On stage at Dutch National Opera from 7-22 Oct 2023


Opera in five acts and an epilogue
The main singing language is English, and additional languages are Finnish, Czech, French, Romanian, Swedish, German, Spanish and Greek

Libretto Sofi Oksanen (original Finnish) & Aleksi Barrière (dramaturgy & multilingual version)

Musical direction – Elena Schwarz
Stage direction and dramaturgy – Simon Stone
Set design – Chloe Lamford
Costume design – Mel Page
Lighting design – James Farncombe
Choreography – Arco Renz

The Waitress (Tereza) – Jenny Carlstedt
The Mother-in-Law (Patricia) – Lenneke Ruiten
The Father-in-Law (Henrik) – Thomas Oliemans
The Bride (Stela) – Lilian Farahani
The Bridegroom (Tuomas) – Markus Nykänen
The Priest – Frederik Bergman
The Teacher – Lucy Shelton
Markéta (student 1) – Vilma Jää
Lily (student 2) – My Johansson
Iris (student 3) – Julie Hega
Anton (student 4) – Rowan Kievits
Jerónimo (student 5) – Camilo Delgado Díaz
Alexia (student 6) – Olga Heikkilä

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus Master – Edward Ananian-Cooper

Residentie Orkest The Hague

Composition commission and co-production by Dutch National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Royal Opera House (London), Finnish National Opera and Ballet (Helsinki) and San Francisco Opera

In collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera (New York)

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