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Sublime Émilie - Insights into science and art through Kaija Saariaho’s opera.
Kaija Saariaho’s monodrama received its Finnish premiere April 2nd, 2015 at the Finnish National Opera. The title character Émilie du Châtelet (1706–1749) was a significant French Enlightenment mathematician, physicist and philosopher whose love of knowledge and science was equally matched by a passion for men, jewellery and gambling. Marquise du Châtelet is known as the first woman in the history of science to achieve significant results in mathematics and physics.
The scientific community and general audiences had a chance to learn about Émilie’s unique life and work on the eve of the premiere of the opera. A group of international researchers and artists who share an interest in her story came together for a series of lectures, discussions and music performances in Helsinki on 1–2 April 2015.
The event was prepared by the AvaraOpera collective, operating at University of the Arts Helsinki, and it is produced in collaboration with the Finnish National Opera. The event is jointly funded by University of the Arts and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.