Venice Music Biennale Announces Award of Golden Lion to Composer Kaija Saariaho and Silver Lion to Neue Vocalsolisten

Venice Music Biennale’s new Artistic Director, Lucia Ronchetti, has selected composer Kaija Saariaho as the winner of the Golden Lion (Leone d’oro). Ronchetti chose Saariaho for her breadth of work for voice, vocal ensemble, choir, and the originality of her vocal compositions. Her piece “Oltra mar” (“Across the sea”), composed in 1999 and written for choir and orchestra, is considered {…}

Lithuanian Contemporary Opera Wins Venice Biennale’s 2019 Golden Lion

”Sun & Sea (Marina),” a new opera-performance by director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer Vaiva Grainytė, and composer Lina Lapelytė, took the main award of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia — Golden Lion for Best National Participation. The Lithuanian Pavilion in the historic quayside building within the Marina Militare complex has been transformed into an artificially-lit beach {…}