Only the Sound Remains

Ivor Bolton’s first production of the season at the Teatro Real in Madrid is a very special one:

Only the Sound Remains is the latest opera of Kaija Saariaho (*1952), one of today’s most acclaimed composers and the 2017 recipient of the “Fronteras del Conocimiento de la Fundación BBVA” prize for her contribution to contemporary music.

The new production of the Teatro Real and the Opéra national de Paris is starring Philippe Jaroussky and Davone Tines, who are the symbolic protagonists of the opera, and is directed by Peter Sellars.

Kaija Saariaho
Only the Sound Remains

Opera in two parts
Libretto by Ezra Pound and Ernest Fenollosa,
inspired by Japanese Noh theatre


Premiere October 23
Performances October 26, 29, 31,
November 5, 7, 9
Teatro Real Madrid

Ivor Bolton, Musical Director
Peter Sellars, Stage Director
Julie Mehretu, Set Designer
Robby Duiveman, Costume Designer
James F. Ingalls, Lighting Designer
Christophe Lebreton, Sound Design

Philippe Jaroussky, Spirit, Angel
Davone Tines, Priest, Fisherman
Nora Kimball-Mentzos, Dancer
Theatre of Voices (Else Torp, Iris Oja, Paul Bentley-Angell, Steffen Bruun), Vocal Quartet
Meta4 Quartet (Antti Tikkanen, Minna Pensola, Atte Kilpeläinen, Tomas Djupsjöbacka), String Quartet
Heikki Parviainen, Percussion
Eija Kankaanranta, Kantele
Camila Hoitenga, Flute
Timo Kurkikangas, Sound
David Poissonnier, Sound Engineer