Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s Spring and Autumn News

10/04/2011

Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s :  Spring and Autumn News (BK)

A complete Il Trittico, the Ballet’s visit to Stockholm and a revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen are promised by Finnish National Opera and Ballet during the Summer and Autum seasons for 2011. Giacomo Puccini’s collection of one act operas known as Il Trittico will open at the Finnish National Opera on May 13,the first time in history that the Helsinki opera house has performed the entire triptych as a set. Hence, the opening night will double as the Finnish National Opera premiere of the second opera of the production, Suor Angelica. Il trittico will be conducted by FNO Artistic Director Mikko Franck and the one-act operas will be directed by three Finnish directors, debuting at the FNO main stage. DirectorJohanna Freundlich will direct a devotional convent for her production of Suor Angelica, Il tabarro’s broodingand tragic love triangle will be directed byKatariina Lahti and Gianni Schicchi, the comic tale of deceit and vindication, will be directed byVille Saukkonen. Mark Väisänen is responsible for set design of all three productions, as is Timo Alhanen for the lighting design. Costume design is respectively handled by Mark Väisänen (Suor Angelica), Tarja Simonen (Il tabarro) and Taina Relander (Gianni Schicchi). The leading role of Suor Angelica will be sung by Olga Romanko. Vocalists performing in Il tabarro includeElisabet Strid, Hannu Niemelä and Zoran Todorovich/Mikhail Agafonov. Gianni Schicchi features Roberto De Candia as lead vocalist. The four-hour production of Il trittico will be shown six times in May, returning to the performance schedule again in the autumn.

Guest performances in Stockholm for the Finnish National Ballet

The Finnish National Ballet will perform its production of Beneath the Dancing Sky 2.0, a triple bill of contemporary dance, in guest performances at The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm on June 1 and 3. Performances earlier this spring in Helsinki captivated audiences and caused quite a sensation. The production includes three outstanding works from still active choreographers: William Forsythe’s workwithinwork, Johan Inger’s Walking Mad and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 7.

The last time the Finnish National Ballet performed in Stockholm was the in the early 80s. Recent years have witnessed an increase in domestic and international tours for the Ballet, with productions last travelling to perform as guests in Italy, Denmark, China and Singapore.

Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen to open the autumn season

The Finnish National Opera’s autumn season will begin with Götz Friedrich’s celebrated production of Richard Wagner’s monumental opera drama, The Ring of he Nibelung. The four operas of the cycle, The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and The Twilight of the Gods, will return to the FNO production schedule on August 5th and the entire four opera cycle will be presented twice.

Performances will be conducted by Leif Segerstam, and the cast will be led by vocalists Terje Stensvold as Wotan and the Wanderer, Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, Jürgen Müller as Siegfried and Matti Salminen as Hagen.

Ticket sales for the Ring series have already begun; tickets to individual performances will become available starting April 18, the same date sales will commence for the autumn 2011 season.

Bill Kenny

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet web site is www.opera.fi

Reviews of Il Trittico and Der Ring des Nibelungen are planned by Seen and Heard International.

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