Ballet visits Stockholm in late spring, Wagner’s Ring cycle set to kick off the autumn season
Il trittico, a collection of three one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini, will open at the Finnish National Opera on May 13. This will be first time in history that the Helsinki opera house will perform the entire triptych as a set. Hence, the opening night will double as the Finnish National Opera premiere of the second opera of the production, Suor Angelica.
Il trittico will be conducted by FNO Artistic Director Mikko Franck. The one-act operas will be directed by three Finnish directors, debuting at the FNO main stage. Director Johanna Freundlich will direct a devotional convent for her production of Suor Angelica, Il tabarro's brooding and tragic love triangle will be directed by Katariina Lahti and Gianni Schicchi, the comic tale of deceit and vindication, will be directed by Ville Saukkonen. Mark Väisänen is responsible for set design of all three productions, as is Timo Alhanen for lighting design. Costume design is respectively handled by Mark Väisänen (Suor Angelica), Tarja Simonen (Il tabarro) and Taina Relander (Gianni Schicchi).
The leading role of Suor Angelica will be sung by Olga Romanko. Vocalists performing in Il tabarro include Elisabet Strid, Hannu Niemelä and Zoran Todorovich/Mikhail Agafonov. Gianni Schicchi features Roberto De Candia as lead vocalist.
The four-hour production of Il trittico will be shown six times in May, returning to the performance schedule again in the autumn.
Guest performances in Stockholm for the Finnish National Ballet
The Finnish National Ballet will perform its production of Beneath the Dancing Sky 2.0, a triple bill of contemporary dance, in guest performances at The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm on June 1 and 3. Performances earlier this spring in Helsinki captivated audiences and caused quite a sensation. The production includes three outstanding works from still active choreographers: William Forsythe's workwithinwork, Johan Inger's Walking Mad and Ohad Naharin's Minus 7.
The last time the Finnish National Ballet performed in Stockholm was the in the early 80s. Recent years have witnessed an increase in domestic and international tours for the Ballet, with productions last travelling to perform as guests in Italy, Denmark, China and Singapore.
Wagner's epic opera cycle The Ring to open the autumn season
The Finnish National Opera's autumn season will begin with Götz Friedrich's celebrated production of Richard Wagner's monumental opera drama, The Ring of the Nibelung. The four operas of the cycle, The Rhine Gold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and The Twilight of the Gods, will return to the FNO production schedule on August 5 and the entire four opera cycle will be presented twice. Performances will be conducted by Leif Segerstam, and the cast will be led by vocalists Terje Stensvold as Wotan and the Wanderer, Catherine Foster as Brünnhilde, Jürgen Müller as Siegfried and Matti Salminen as Hagen.
Ticket sales for the Ring series have begun; tickets to individual performances will become available starting April 18, the same date sales will commence for the autumn 2011 season.