Ángel Ódena, Tommi Hakala & Daniel Brenna Highlight Finnish National Opera’s 2020-21 SeasonBy Francisco Salazar
The Finnish National Opera has announced its 2020-21 season featuring the continuation of the New Ring Cycle.
Operas (in Alphabetical Order)
The Finnish Opera will showcase a production of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci“ directed by Damiano Michieletto. “Cavalleria” is heading by Niina Keitel, Eduardo Aladren, Ángel Ódena, and Merle Silmato while “Pagliacci” stars Marjukka Tepponen, Mika Pohjonen, and Ódena.
Performance Dates: Sept. March 26-May 8, 2021
The New Ring continues to be unveiled with Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” The production directed by Anna Kelo stars Joachim Bäckström, Jyrki Korhonen, Tommi Hakala, Miina-Liisa Värelä, Johanna Rusanen, and Lilli Paasikivi. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.
Performance Dates: August 28-Sept. 9, 2020
Alan Buribayev conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin“ starring Boris Pinkhasovich, Olesya Golovneva, Jussi Myllys, Elli Vallinoja, and Jyrki Korhonen.
Performance Dates: March 18-April 24, 2021
Jaakko Kuusisto conducts his work “Ice” in a production by Anna Kelo. The opera, written by Juhani Koivisto, stars Ville Rusanen, Aarne Pelkonen, Mari Palo, Hanna Rantala, and Marcus Groth.
Performance Dates: Oct. 22-Nov. 19, 2020
Veronika Dzhioeva, Monika-Evelin Liiv, Claudio Otelli, and Mika Pohjonen star in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore“ with Patrick Fournillier conducting.
Performance Dates: Sept. 11-Oct. 1, 2020
Kaija Saariaho and Sofi Oksanen’s new opera “Innocence” makes its world premiere. Susanna Mälkki conducts the production by Simon Stone and stars Jenny Carlstedt, Anu Komsi, Tuomas Pursio, Iida Antola, Markus Nykänen, and Jukka Rasilainen.
Performance Dates: Jan. 29-Feb. 23, 2021
Natalia Kreslina, Alexey Kosarev, Joonas Eloranta, and Alexander Teliga star in Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.” The production is conducted by Hannu Lintu.
Performance Dates: Oct. 10- 23, 2020
Armin Kolarczyk, Silja Aalto, Jussi Merikanto, Iida Antola, and Elli Vallinoja stars in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro“ with Christoph Altstaedt conducting.
Performance Dates: Dec. 15, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021
Harri Karri conducts Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly“ starring Hye-Youn Lee and Jeni Packalen.
Performance Dates: March 6-25, 2021
Mika Pohjonen, Reetta Haavisto, Olafur Sigurdarson, and Sari Nordqvist star in a new production of Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” Stuart Stratford conducts the production by David Radok.
Performance Dates: Feb. 12-24, 2021
Anna Kelo’s new Ring continues with “Siegfried.” Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an international cast headed by Daniel Brenna, Tommi Hakala, Jukka Rasilainen, Sari Nordqvist, Johanna Rusanen, and Krista Kujala.
Performance Dates: May 14-June 1, 2021
Mari Palo and Reetta Haavisto share the title role in Lehar’s “The Merry Widow.” The production also stars Olli Tuovinen, Waltteri Torikka, Jyrki Korhonen, Jouni Kokora, Sanna Iljin, Johanna Lehesvuori, Olavi Suominen, and Markus Nykänen.
Performance Dates: Nov. 20-Dec. 31, 2020