Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen: Khovanshchina

  • Time:

    • Tue 20.8.2024 18:00

    • Wed 21.8.2024 18:00

    • Duration: 3h, 20min interval

  • Address:

    Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall
    Töölönlahdenkatu
    00100 Helsinki

  • Tickets:

    35–135 / 21–117 € (Musiikkitalo)

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Event Introduction

The history of Modest Mussorgsky’s opera Khovanshchina is fascinating and complex. Mussorgsky started the project already in 1872 while still working on the opera Boris Godunov. The composer began a compulsive investigation into a dark part of Russian history, the 17th century rebellion of the streltsy, soldiers armed with muskets. The events, full of conspiracies and ruthless violence, did not leave the composer alone, but Mussorgsky only managed to complete the piano score before his death in 1881. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov finalised the work, and the opera premiered in 1886. 

The opera will be performed at Helsinki Festival as a previously-unheard concert version compiled by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The grand production conducted by Salonen will bring a group of nearly two hundred musicians onto the stage: the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, singers from Tapiola Chamber Choir, Dominante and The Helsinki Chamber Choir and dozens of soloists. The orchestration devised by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1959 and the finale arranged by Igor Stravinsky are woven together by composer  Gerard McBurney who also directs the creation of this unique interpretation with a sound world created by the renowned sound artist Tuomas Norvio. Salonen and the FRSO’s Khovanshchina will continue to the Salzburg Easter Festival 2025.

Khovanshchina’s story of greed, power and madness resonates in our time stronger than ever before.

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tapiola Chamber Choir
Dominante
The Helsinki Chamber Choir

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Gerard McBurney, director

Mika Kares, bass – Prince Ivan Khovansky
Tuomas Katajala, tenor – Andrey Khovansky
Giorgi Sturua, tenor – Prince Vasily Golitsin
Tomi Punkeri, baritone – Boyar Fyodor Shaklovity
Nadezhda Karyazina, alto – Marfa
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, tenor – Scrivener
Olga Heikkilä, soprano – Susanna
Ain Anger, bass – Dosifey
Natalia Tanasii, soprano – Emma
Johan Krogius, tenor – Kuzka

Tuomas Norvio, sound design
Elias Brown, assistant conductor
Charlotte McBurney, assistant director

Categories

Classical and Contemporary Music

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Event Information

  • Time:

    • Tue 20.8.2024 18:00

    • Wed 21.8.2024 18:00

    • Duration: 3h, 20min interval

  • Address:

    Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall
    Töölönlahdenkatu
    00100 Helsinki

  • Tickets:

    35–135 / 21–117 € (Musiikkitalo)

    Get tickets

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