2018-10-29, Bachtrack, by Fernando Remiro

When L’Amour de loin premièred at the Salzburg Festival in 2000, Kaija Saariaho opened a new century of opera with her brave synthesis of Wagner’s and Debussy’s confronted myths of separation, impossible love and nocturnal yearning. Almost two decades later, her fourth opera comes as a pleasant confirmation of a brilliant compositional style but fails to take a step further along that aesthetic path.

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