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Dramatically powerful and sonically beguiling: Innocence, at the Royal Opera House, reviewed

Plus: a striking production of an operatic dud at ENO

29 April 2023

9:00 AM

29 April 2023

9:00 AM


Royal Opera House, until 4 May


London Coliseum, until 4 May

The big London companies gave two UK premières in the space of a week, both dealing with the subject of teenagers being shot dead. Kaija Saariaho and Sofi Oksanen’s new opera Innocence was premièred at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2021 and comes to the Royal Opera in exactly the same production by Simon Stone, the Australian director responsible for that lockdown favourite The Dig as well as a shattering staging (in Munich, in 2019) of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.

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