Émilie, an Opera about Love, Death, and Mathematics

Liisamaija Hautsalo and Osmo Pekonen
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 387–390 Short Papers


Kaija Saariaho’s opera Émilie, based on the life and death of the mathematician Émilie du Châtelet (1706–1749), with a libretto by Amin Maalouf, premiered at the Opéra National de Lyon in 2010. We present its historical background, creators, storyline, musical score, performance history, and critical reception.