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November 17, 2019

Photo credit: Vern Evans

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker—John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. Among Adams’s works are several of the most performed contemporary classical pieces today: Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, Chamber Symph...

November 13, 2019

A conversation with Gunilla Hemming, the Autumn Sonata (FNO) librettist.

The opera Autumn Sonata has been an instant success with the audiences when it was premiered in 2017 at the Finnish National Opera. It uses Ingmar Bergman's film script Hostsonaten as its source, i...

November 9, 2019

Massenet’s Werther, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Handel’s Agrippina  

Love seems to have preoccupied the planning team of the season 2019/2020: it rushes on stage in so many variations and thematic lines that it is difficult to choose which one to favour. On the other hand...

November 6, 2019

Photo credit: Kristen Loken

Born in Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad), Alexander Barantschik has graduated from St Petersburg Conservatory and has worked with St Petersburg Philharmonic under Evgeny Mravinsky. After moving abroad in 1979, he worked as a concertmaster of...

October 23, 2019

Anja Salonen (b.1994) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her education includes studies at California Institute of Arts (Valencia, LA), Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) and a summer school at Pharos (Greece). She also...

October 23, 2019

11-31 October 2019 marks the Festival of one of the most important figures on modern composition scene – the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. The Festival is taking place in Helsinki and features Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Chamber...

August 30, 2019

Photo by Finnish National Opera/Ralph Larmann 

Anna Kelo is a Finnish opera director who has graduated from GITIS (Russian State Unstitute of Theatre Arts) in Moscow in 1992 and has been working at Finnish National Opera (FNO) for 25 years since 1994, becoming its chief...

June 12, 2019

 Two operas have recently been revived at the Paris National Opera: Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ and Puccini’s ‘Tosca’. Being dramatically different from each other in conception, design, settings and approaches to stage acting, they give material for comparison between...

May 10, 2019


Photo: Simon van Boxte

Sebastian Fagerlund is a Finnish composer who has written chamber, orchestral and operatic work during the last two decades. He came to prominence in 2006 after the premiere and consequent performances of his Clarinet Concerto performed by...

May 2, 2019

Photo: Valentin Baranovsky, ©️ Mariinsky Theatre

A grandiose celebration of the 175th Jubilee since Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov birth was held at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in March-April 2019. With St Petersburg Conservatory (which is just across the road from...

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