Oratorio Society Of New York To Perform Sibelius’ ‘Kullervo’ At Carnegie Hall

By Nicole Kuchta

The Oratorio Society of New York is set to perform Finnish composer Sibelius’ “Kullervo,” as well as works by Berlioz and Debussy, at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 25, 2019.

The Oratorio Society will divide its 200 member group for its third concert of the season. The women’s chorus will be singing Berlioz’s “La mort d’Ophélie,” a movement from “Tristia,” and Debussy’s “Sirènes,” the third movement of “Nocturnes.” The men’s chorus will be featured in the third and fifth movements of “Kullervo,” a 70-minute work inspired by a portion of Finland’s tragic national epic “Kalevala.”

Soloists in the “Kullervo” performance will include Finnish soprano Johanna Rusanen, in her Carnegie Hall debut and Japanese baritone Takaoki Onishi. Tenors and bases of the OSNY and Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus will also be featured.

Kent Tritle, Director of Choral Activities at MSM, will conduct “Kullervo” and “Sirènes,” and OSNY Associate Conductor David Rosenmeyer will conduct “La mort d’Ophélie.”

OSNY will conclude its season on May 9, 2019 with a performance of Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem,” featuring soprano Elizabeth de Trejo, mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, tenor Joshua Blue, and bass Adam Lau.