L'Amour de Loin - Love From Afar
Amin Maalouf / Kaija Saariaho
This special web site is based on the libretto about Tripoli, "L'Amour de Loin," written by the world famous author Amin Maalouf
Jaufré Rudel: A Biography / Biographie
Amin Maalouf: Emigrant, Pilgrim, Storyteller / Exilé, Pèlerin, Conteur
The Opera / L'Opéra
- Synopsis / Sommaire
- Act One / Première Acte
- Act Two / Deuxième Acte
- Act Three / Troisième Acte
- Act Four / Quatrième Acte
- Act Five / Cinquième Acte
Opera in five acts. Composed: 1999-2000
The story of the opera "L'Amour de Loin" was written by the distinguished Lebanese author Amin Maalouf and is based on "La Vida breve" of of Jaufré Rudel, Prince of Blaye, one of the first great troubadours of the 12th century.
Jaufré Rudel, a young troubadour, falls in love with his idea of a distant lady, who then appears in the flesh. His glowing passion for the Countess of Tripoli, of whom he has only heard, is the central theme of the libretto.
The opera "L'Amour de Loin" (Love from Afar) was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. It was staged on 15, 19, 22, 27, and 30 August 2000 in the unique setting of the Felsenreitschule (theatre within the Festival Hall complex).
Kaija Saariaho, a Finnish composer resident in Paris, worked on the stage work L'Amour de Loin, for premiere in Salzburg. Scoring for the opera are: symphony orchestra (ca.80 players), chorus, and three soloists (sop, mz, baritone).
- Musical direction: Kent Nagano
- Stage direction: Peter Sellars
- Stage design: George Tsypin
- Costumes: Martin Pakledinaz
- Light: James F. Ingalls
- Choir direction: Erwin Ortner
- Clémence, Comtesse de Tripoli: Dawn Upshaw
- Le Pèlerin: Dagmar Peckova
- Jaufré Rudel, Prince de Blaye et Troubadour: Dwayne Croft
- SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg Arnold Schoenberg Chor IRCAM, Paris
- Work commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and by Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Background image: The libretto offered to you here may be downloaded to your computer and one copy can be made for your private use. No further copies are allowed to be made without the express approval of Chester Music Ltd., publisher and copyright owner, or their appointed agent.
Important Notice: Photograph by the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, Exhibited in February 2000 at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery (New York) and in September 2000 at the workshop of the Serpentine Gallery (London).
Libretto © 1999 Amin Maalouf
English Translation © Chester Music Ltd.
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