In Kaija Saariaho’s hypnotic opera, based on Ezra Pound’s translations of two Japanese Noh plays, a ghost and an angel emerge from a world of light and shadow. A trio of celebrated performers—countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and dancer Nora Kimball-Mentzos—conjures these supernatural encounters in a U.S. premiere directed by Peter Sellars that shimmers with spectral power and ”overwhelms with beauty” (Bachtrack).

“This introspective music theatre, this future of opera, overwhelms with beauty, stimulates the imagination, and entrances the mind. Don’t miss it.”
– Bachtrack
“Sensual and evocative.”
– Financial Times
“Disarms, seduces and hypnotizes…. Not since Written on Skin has modern opera thrilled with such intensity”
– Bachtrack

Venue and Accessibility

10 Columbus Cir
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Theater I Music

Only the Sound Remains

Kaija Saariaho, composer
Peter Sellars, director

(U.S. premiere)

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Add to Calendar America/New_York Only the Sound Remains White Light Festival - Enter the hypnotic, supernatural world of Kaija Saariaho’s new opera in a U.S. premiere directed by Peter Sellars. Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023 Lincoln Center - White Light Festival false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Nora Kimball-Mentzos, dancer and choreographer

Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, conductor

Theatre of Voices

Meta4; Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Heikki Parviainen, percussion

Julie Mehretu, set designer

Robby Duiveman, costume designer

James F. Ingalls, lighting designer

Christophe Lebreton, sound designer

Performance Details

  • Pre-performance discussion with Kaija Saariaho, Peter Sellars, and Ara Guzelimian on Sunday, November 18 at 3:45 pm in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio
    Pre-performance discussion with Kaija Saariaho, Peter Sellars, and Ara Guzelimian on Sunday, November 18 at 3:45 pm in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio
  • These performances will be followed by a White Light Lounges.
    These performances will be followed by a White Light Lounges.

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A co-production of Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, Finnish National Opera, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Real, and Canadian Opera Company. As one of the original co-commissioners of Kaija Saariaho's Only the Sound Remains, the Canadian Opera Company is proud to support the North American premiere of this work at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.