Die Kalewainen in Pochjola
The Turku Music Festival Foundation and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate the centenary of Finnish independence by producing a world premiere of Karl Müller-Berghaus’ (1829-1907) opera Die Kalewainen in Pochjola. This large-scale opera in four acts is the first full opera composed on the theme of Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.
The German composer Müller-Berghaus served in 1888–1898 as the conductor of the Musical Society of Turku. The work was never staged in full in his time in Finland, and the scheduled world premier in Hamburg was cancelled because of a cholera outbreak. The opera lay forgotten, until it was discovered in the archives of Turku City Library. Stylistically, the opera is a continuation of the Wagnerian and the romantic German heroic operatic tradition.
The opera will be conducted by Leif Segerstam and the main roles will be performed by Tommi Hakala, baritone, and Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano.
In addition to the performances, the opera will also be recorded on video that can be viewed on the Internet.
28 February 2017, premiere, Turku, Logomo
Johanna Rusanen-Kartano ja Tommi Hakala. (Kuva: Turun Musiikkijuhlat)