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Operas and orchestras celebrate the centenary of Finland

In 2017, Finland has been independent country for hundred years. The centenary will be celebrated in cultural organizations all over Finland and abroad too. We have gathered here some highlights of Finnish classical music events that take place during this year.

A notable amount of operas composed by Finnish composers will be premiered in 2017 


Neljäntienristeys is a new opera of Tapio Tuomela, based on a well-liked Finnish novel by Tommi Kinnunen. The opera will have its premiere by Oulu City Theatre on January 13. Read more here.

Die Kalewainen in Pochjola is a production of the Turku Music Festival Foundation and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. This large-scale opera in four acts is the first full opera composed on the theme of Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. In addition to the performances, the opera will also be recorded on video that can be viewed on the Internet. Read more here

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet joins the centenary celebrations with a wide repertoire of Finnish works, including the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund’s new opera Autumn Sonata, based on the film by Ingmar Bergman, with Ann Sofie von Otter in the leading role. Kaija Saariaho’s opera Only the Sound Remains will have its Finnish premiere on April. Read more here.

Savonlinna Opera Festival will have a world premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s Castle in the Water to honor Finland’s jubilee year. The festival will also have Sallinen’s opera Kullervo in the program, as well as a joint concert of The YL Male Voice Choir and Tapiola Choir. Read more here.

Sillanpää, an opera about the life of F. E. Sillanpää, famed writer and Nobel Prize awardee, will be premiered in Hämeenkyrö in July. The opera is composed by Seppo Pohjola. Read more here.

Tuomas Kantelinen has composed an opera about Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim. The opera will be premiered in Ilmajoki Music Festival on June. Read more here.

Ilkka Kuusisto’s Citizens’ opera: Aino Ackté will be premiered in Savonlinna on autumn. Read more here.

Jukka Linkola’s opera about Abraham Ojanperä will be premiered in Liminka on August. Read more here.

Outside the official jubilee program there will also be the premiere of Riikka Talvitie’s chamber opera The Judge’s wife on March 16 in Helsinki. 

Finnish orchestras on tour 

Sibelius Academy and Juilliard joint symphony orchestra will tour in Helsinki, Stockholm and New York City in autumn with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read more here.

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra goes to Russia in February. Read more here

Finnish orchestras will tour abroad outside the official Finland 100 program too, as Finnish Baroque Orchestra will have a concert in Paris and Kufstein during spring. In May, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra tours Europe whereas the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra heads to Japan. The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra will have a concert in Mozartfest Würzburg in June.

Symphony orchestras outside Finland are also recognizing the jubilee year of Finland. The Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, for example, will have a Sibelius concert on April and the Iceland Symphony will have ‘A Finnish Spring’ with three concerts dedicated to Finnish music during spring 2017.

All events of the ‘Finland 100 Years’ can be found at suomifinland100.fi. http://suomifinland100.fi/

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