Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi

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Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi



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26th April 2011




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Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi

sung and recited in Finnish

Jorma Hynninen (Aleksis Kivi), Janne Reinikainen (August Ahlqvist), Riikka Rantanen (Charlotta), Pauliina Linnosaari (Hilda), Ville Rusanen (Young Alexis) & Tobias Zilliacus (J.L. Runeberg)

Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Mikko Franck (conductor) & Pekka Milonoff (stage director)

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Set Designer: Eeva Ijäs

Costume Designer: Niina Pasanen

Lighting Designer: Juha Westman

Choreographer: Ari Numminen

This DVD 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 première performance in 1997, as well as for the acclaimed première CD recording in 2002 (released on Ondine).

DVD Video [90’ • 23’ Extras]

Subtitles: Finnish / English

NTSC colour • 16:9

5.1 Dolby Digital Surround / PCM Stereo

Region Code 0

English Menu

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