Metropolitan Opera to Present Kaija Saariaho’s ‘Innocence’ in 2025-26

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that it will present Kaija Saariaho’s “Innocence” during the 2025-26 season.

In a tribute statement to the composer, who died on June 2, the company said, “The Met mourns the loss of eminent Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, who recently passed away at age 70. Saariaho made Met history in 2016 with the company premiere of her “L’Amour de Loin,” which was, at the time, the first opera by a female composer to be presented on the Met stage in more than a century.”

The company added, “Her most recent opera, “Innocence,” premiered at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July 2021 and earned Saariaho a Victoires de la Musique Classique award. “Innocence” will have its Met premiere as part of the 2025–26 season.”

In April 2022, the Met had said it would present the work in a production by Simon Stone, who directed the Met’s new “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

“Innocence,” tells the story of a school shooting in the 2000s in Helsinki, Finland, and the repercussions of that event.