Kullervo in Berne

Kullervo in Berne
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Aulis Sallinen’s third opera Kullervo will receive its Swiss premiere on February 3 2006, with eight further performances in February and March. Stadttheater Bern will mount a production under the direction of Dieter Kaegi with Hans Drewanz conducting.

The production will include many Finnish singers; the title role of Kullervo will be performed by baritone Gabriel Suovanen, and other protagonists include tenor Jyrki Anttila, baritone Esa Ruuttunen, mezzo-soprano Anna-Lisa Jakobsson, and soprano Riitta Ahonen. They will perform on a stage designed by Christoph Wagenknecht.

This is the second Swiss Premiere of a Finnish Opera in Bern within a few years, following L’amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho in 2001 on the same stage and with the same conductor, Hans Drewanz.

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