RAUTAVAARA, E.: Aleksis Kivi (Finnish National Opera, 2010)

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Aleksis Kivi
Libretto/Text Author: Rautavaara, Einojuhani
Conductor: Franck, Mikko

Aleksis Kivi: Hynninen, Jorma
August Ahlqvist: Reinikainen, Janne
J.L. Runeberg: Zilliacus, Tobias
Young Aleksis: Rusanen, Ville

Set/Stage Designer: Ijas, Eeva
Costume Designer: Pasanen, Niina
Lighting Designer: Westman, Juha
Choreographer: Numminen, Ari
Stage Director: Milonoff, Pekka
Television Director: Kamppila, Hannu

Date of Production: 2010
Venue: Almi Hall, Helsinki
Playing Time: 01:57:33
Catalogue Number: ODV4009
UPC: 0761195040096

This video features the three-act opera Aleksis Kivi (1996) by iconic Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara who also wrote the libretto.

The opera tells the story of Finland's national author Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) and draws on many of Kivi's own poems and texts. Aleksis Kivi wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language (Seven Brothers), but during his short lifetime he suffered from moral and artistic condemnation by literary rivals. He died, insane and impoverished, at age 38.

This Finnish National Opera production is conducted by Mikko Franck and staged by Pekka Milonoff and features Jorma Hynninen in the lead role. Hynninen, upon whose request the opera was written, already headed the casts at the opera's world premiere performance in 1997, as well as for the acclaimed premiere CD recording in 2002.

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