A larger-than-life figure during the French Enlightenment, Emilie du Châtelet was a respected mathematician, physicist, and author who died in 1749 during childbirth, at the age of 42. The opera, Emilie, by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and librettist Amin Maalouf, examines aspects of her life. A production directed by Marianne Weems of The Builders Association enjoyed its US premiere last season at the Spoleto Festival and returns this summer, July 19 to 21, at New York’s Lincoln Center ...
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