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THE BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, BIT20 ENSEMBLE AND LA CHAMBRE AUX ÉCHOS PRESENT
La Passion de Simone

A chamber opera about a philosopher and political activist.

Philosopher and teacher Simone Weil (1909–1943) grew up in a middle-class Jewish family in Paris but nonetheless sympathized with the radical workers' movement. She joined the Spanish civil war and was a member of the French resistance during World War II.

The main character in La Passion de Simone is a modern-day figure who reflects upon Simone's ideals. What might we learn from someone who, in an attempt to understand and fight violence and oppression, tried uncompromisingly to put herself in the place of its victims?

In the course of the opera's monologue, we hear Weil's own voice, at a distance, mediated through an actor. A vocal quartet represents victims of and witnesses to human oppression. The ensemble members portray each tableau as an inner landscape. The work does not describe the philosopher's life as a series of chronological events; instead, it indicates a way of thinking. It is an agnostic prayer for human values and collective memory. 

Kaija Saariaho music

Amin Maalouf text



La Chambre aux échos concept and artistic direction

Clément Mao - Takacs musical direction

Aleksi Barrière stage direction 



Pauline Squelbut scenographer/stage manager

Étienne Exbrayat lighting design 

Liisa Nieminen costumes 

Clémentine Marin production administrator 



BIT20 Ensemble orchestra



Sayuri Araida solo soprano



Vocal ensemble: 

Sandra Darcel soprano      

Marianne Seleskovitch mezzo-soprano   

Johan Viau tenor    

Romain Dayez bass-baritone 



Isabelle Seleskovitch actress



KAIJA SAARIAHO (1952–)

La Passion de Simone

Norwegian premiere



No interval. Performed in French. Surtitles in English.



Presented by Bergen International Festival, BIT20 Ensemble og La Chambre aux Échos.

Supported by FINNO, The Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Fund, Institut français de Norvège og The Sibelius Society of Norway.



SEE ALSO 

Who was Simone Weil? A conversation between director Aleksi Barrière and Christine Amadou, Associate Professor at the University of Oslo at Cornerteateret, Wednesday 31 May at 19:15.

Festival Composer and Artist in Residence Kaija Saariaho


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Cornerteateret
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Full price290.00  
With Festival Card180.00  
Under 30 years150.00  
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Supported by FINNO, Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Fund, Institut français de Norvège  and The Sibelius Society of Norway.
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