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17.8. Guest Performance: Helsinki Festival

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Mika Pohjonen, tenor
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Waltteri Torikka, baritone
Petri Bäckström, tenor
Kristian Lindroos, baritone
Helsinki Music Centre Choir, coach Nils Schweckendiek

Väinö Raitio: Princess Cecilia

säveltäjä Väinö Raitio
säveltäjä Väinö Raitio Picture by: A. J. Tenhovaara Yle Kuvapalvelu väinö raitio
The Helsinki Festival concerts at Helsinki Music Centre begin festively with a one-of-a-kind performance of Väinö Raitio’s 1933 opera gem Princess Cecilia. More than 80 years since its previous showing, the masterpiece receives the relaunch it deserves during the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. For this special performance, the opera will be interpreted by modern and charismatic leading soloists such as the dazzling Johanna Rusanen in the main role, Mika Pohjonen and Waltteri Torikka. The Radio Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Hannu Lintu.
A pioneer of the modernist generation of the 1920s, Raitio's (1891–1945) eccentric works received relatively little attention but have been the focus of growing interest in the past decades. Princess Cecilia received praising reviews following its premiere and was planned for performances in international arenas before the war years. It is a piece of Finnish music history one should not miss.

Details of the event

Tickets incl. handling fees starting from €28–64 / discount ticket €28–38