Finnish National Opera’s 2018-19 Season To Include Camilla Tilling, Olafur Sigurdarson & Rocío Pérez

By Francisco Salazar

The Finnish National Opera has announced its ambitious season featuring new operas, a number of new productions and revivals. It will also include a number of international opera stars as well as some of Finland’s top singers.

Operas in Alphabetical Order

Veronika Dzhioeva, Anna Danik, and Mika Pohjonen lead a revival of Verdi’s “Aida” with Patrick Fournillier conducting.

Performance Dates: April 6–May 2, 2019

Jaakko Kuusisto’s “Ice” gets its world premiere. The opera, based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s novel, is set to star Ville Rusanen, Aarne Pelkonen, Mari Palo, and Marjukka Tepponen. Anna Kelo directs a production with Kuusisto conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 25–March 9, 2019

Debussy’s “Pelléas and Mélisande” gets a revival with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Camilla Tilling, Laurent Nauori, and Ville Rusanen.

Performance Dates: May 23–31, 2019

The company will also showcase the world premiere of Iiro Rantala and Minna Lindgren’s “Sanatorio Express.” The opera will showcase a hilarious take on the questions tormenting today’s humanity. Johanna Rusanen, Waltteri Torikka, Hannu Niemelä, Markus Nykänen, Päivi Nisula, Anu Hostikka, Ann-Marie Heino, Heikki Hattunen, and Samuli Takkula lead the cast conducted by Kalle Kuusava.

Performance Dates: Sept. 27–Nov. 1, 2018

Marianne Fiset takes on the title role of Massenet’s “Thais” with Warwick Fyfe and Mika Pohjonen. Patrick Fournillier conducts the revival.

Performance Dates: Feb. 8–28, 2019

Kasper Holten bring’s his production of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” to the Finnish National Opera. Paul Mägi conducts a distinguished cast that includes Olafur Sigurdarson, Miina-Liisa Värelä, and Joachim Bäckström.

Performance Dates: Sept. 14–Oct. 11, 2018

Mika Pohjonen and Dominik Sutowicz alternate the title role in Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann.” Rocío Pérez, Helena Juntunen, and Measha Brueggergosman sing Hoffmann’s lovers with Franco Pomponi as the four villains.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19–Nov. 20, 2018

Christof Loy brings a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca” with Patrick Fournillier conducting. Aušrinė Stundytė sings the title role with Andrea Caré as Cavaradossi and Tuomas Pursio as Scarpia.

Performance Dates: Sept. 7–Oct. 18, 2018

Sir David McVicar’s production of Berg’s “Wozzeck” returns with Olafur Sigurdarson, Helena Juntunen, and Daniel Brenna.

Performance Dates: March 22– April 27, 2019