Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has transformed a poem into an opera inspired by the great troubadours of the twelfth century. Obsession and devotion are in question in a madcap race to fulfill the torment of searching for a woman who may not exist. Clemence walks a fine line between reality and illusion and underlines it with a loneliness that propels him into a journey that may cost him his very life. He longs for the pleasures of life, in search of a new love, and dares to dream of a fantasy as if he has seen it with his own eyes. In a strange and faraway land he must meet her as he impulsively seeks out her wiles and her admiration. He sets out to find love, yet, he is anguished with trepidation at the thought that he may not find her. Falling ill over the scenario, he finally arrives. Devastation looms like a lingering death and encircles the situation leaving us to ponder if he has made the right decision. This simple answer can be found at the Grand Auditorium on December 10th, 12:55 p.m. in Ellsworth Maine. Come and enjoy yet another masterpiece in the world of opera in the wonderful setting of the Grand.
Written by John D’Alessandro
Photos by Susan D’Alessandro