• Borealis Recommends – May

Kaija Saariaho – Photo by Andrew Campell
Kaija Saariaho – Photo by Andrew Campell

When Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’Amour de Loin was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York last year, it was only the second opera by a woman to be presented in the company’s history. The first was in 1903. For the Bergen International Festival Peter Meanwell talks with one of Europe’s most prominent composers about a life in music, the role that gender has played in her career, and about the continuing imbalance between male and female composers on the concert stage. The talk will take place on May 29, 19.00-20.00 at Litteraturhuset – you can read more about the event here.

As well as Peter’s talk with composer Kaija Saariaho make sure you don’t miss the performance of her new commission for cello, alongside works by Per Nørgård, Benjamin Britten and J.S. Bach. Stalwarts of the London new music scene, the London Sinfonietta are in town as well, performing as part of the Norsk Komponist Forening’s 100th Anniversary, with works by Eivind Buene and Rolf Wallin, alongside Louis Andriessena and more Kaija Saariaho.


In the office this month, we’re getting excited about the forthcoming albums by Bergen local Phonophani and Borealis favourite (and 2015 artist) Jlin.

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