Introduction

A longing to love

Kari Heiskanen’s critically-acclaimed direction of Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo makes a well-deserved return to the repertoire in Finland’s centenary year. Brilliantly interpreting the gloomy title role is baritone Ville Rusanen, who made an indelible impression as Kimmo, Kullervo’s childhood friend, in 2014.

Love may be a possibility in the world of a man cursed from birth and with a thirst for revenge, but can he see even a chink of light? Sallinen admirably captures the young Kullervo’s defiant, unpredictable bluster. The opera even has an almost “light” musical interlude.

Conductor: Hannu Lintu 
Stage director: Kari Heiskanen
Stage designer: Antti Mattila
Costume designer: Riitta Anttonen-Palo
Lighting designer: Ilkka Paloniemi
Chorus master: Matti Hyökki


Info

Performances:
8.7. (premiere), 12.7., 17.7.2017 at 19

Sung in Finnish.
Finnish and English surtitles.
Duration approximately 3 hours. One interval.

Cast includes:
Ville Rusanen (Kullervo), Dan Karlström (Kimmo), Johanna Rusanen-Kartano (Mother), Hannu Forsberg (Kalervo), Sanna Matinniemi (Sister), Niina Keitel (Smith´s young wife), Petri Bäckström (Hunter), Niklas Spångberg (Unto), Tiina Penttinen (Unto’s wife), Birthe Wingren (Blind Singer), Johann Tilli (Tiera), Lasse Penttinen (1st man), Markus Suihkonen (2nd man).

Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra
Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir