Kaija Saariaho's Adriana Mater

Presented by San Francisco Symphony

Director Peter Sellars stages a new production of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Adriana Mater, part of a multi-year partnership between the acclaimed director, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the SF Symphony. Set in a country on the brink of civil war, the opera explores the relationship between a mother and her son as they navigate a world rumbling with the threat of violence. Their gritty reality is offset by their hopes and dreams for a better future and as the music swells and recedes, the protagonists must decide between a life of revenge and one of forgiveness.  


City: San Francisco

Program Items

Kaija Saariaho Adriana Mater (staged) [San Francisco Symphony Premiere]


Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Peter Sellars Director
Fleur Barron Mezzo-soprano (Adriana)
Axelle Fanyo Soprano (Refka)
Nicholas Phan Tenor (Yonas)
Christopher Purves Baritone (Tsargo)
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
San Francisco Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall

Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States