Aulis Sallinen - World Premiere in Helsinki
26th February 2013
Five Female Portraits is a set of songs with large ensemble derived by Aulis Sallinen from three of his operas: The Red Line, The King Goes Forth to France and Kullervo. Each draws a portrait of a woman compelled in her role by fate or a mission. The vocal lines differ only very slightly from their original counterparts in the operas but the revised orchestral accompaniment creates an extraordinary new soundscape as background to the arias.
Five Portraits of Women was commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the premiere performance will be with Jenny Carlstedt, soprano and Jukka Harju, French Horn conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste.