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The USC Thornton Opera Program
and the USC Thornton Symphony Present

La Passion de Simone & The Juniper Tree

a double-bill production

La Passion de Simone

by Kaija Saariaho

libretto by Amin Maalouf

The Juniper Tree

by Phillip Glass and Robert Moran

libretto by Arthur Yorinks

Thornton OperaLab

Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building

(MUS 105)

April 18, 2024 | 7:30 PM

April 19, 2024 | 7:30 PM

April 20, 2024 | 7:30 PM

April 21, 2024 | 2:00 PM

Tickets are available through the USC Ticket Office online or call

Walk up purchases will be available at the theater box office

Synopses | Notes

Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone is a meditative journey in 15 stations exploring the life-work of French philosopher Simone Weil. The Juniper Tree is based on the Grimm Brothers’ tale of the same name with composers Glass and Moran setting alternating scenes.


This double-bill will transport the audience to other worlds both sublime and grim.

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