A rave-reviewed masterpiece
The opera Kullervo by Aulis Sallinen, based on the Finnish national epic The Kalevala and the play Kullervo by Aleksi Kivi, brilliantly transfers the fanatical character of Kullervo to the world of opera. It now takes the Olavinlinna Castle stage in a new production. The music of Sallinen is powerful and colourful, and does not resort to obvious solutions. Singing the title role will be the great Finnish baritone Tommi Hakala.
The portrait of Kullervo is painted in the darkest shades of Finnish mythology. The smouldering ruins of his home farm spark off in Kullervo a desire for revenge, and the fate of this luckless character is further enflamed by his relationship with a woman who turns out to be his sister.
Conductor: Hannu Lintu
Stage director: Kari Heiskanen
Stage design: Antti Mattila
Costumes: Riitta Anttonen-Palo
Lighting design: Ilkka Paloniemi
Chorus master: Matti Hyökki
Cast includes: Tommi Hakala (Kullervo), Tuija Knihtilä
(Mother), Ville Rusanen (Kimmo).