R. Schumann: Scenes from Goethe’s Faust
Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu & Jussi Nikkilä
Schumann’s rarely-performed grand work receives a modern interpretation at Helsinki Festival, combining music, performing arts and strong visual aspects.
The tale of Faust, who sold his soul to the Devil, is one of the most iconic in our cultural heritage and has been adapted countless times. Inspired by Schumann’s music, Jussi Nikkilä’s stage realisation intertwines the dramatic oratorio with scenes of Faust returning to turning points in his life.
Based on Goethe’s play, the composition created for a symphony orchestra, two choirs and vocal soloists ranges from grandiose horror opera to lied-like intimacy. The three-part work will feature top opera performers as vocal soloists. The characters they interpret will be multiplied on stage by eight actors.
The work is realised as a joint production of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle and the Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.
Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Vocal soloists: Soile Isokoski, Arttu Kataja, Maximilian Schmitt, Helena Juntunen, Markus Suihkonen, Irina Nuutinen, Virva Puumala, Annastiina Tahkola, Simo Mäkinen, Aarne Pelkonen
Choirs: Tapiola Chamber Choir, Emo Ensemble & Cantores Minores
Choirs coached by: Hannu Norjanen, Pasi Hyökki
Director: Jussi Nikkilä
Choreographer: Ingrid André
Cinematography: Raimo Uunila
Actors: Hannu Kivioja, Sanna-Kaisa Palo, Alise Polacenko, Miro Lopperi, Tom Rejström, Saara Pakkasvirta, Sonja Salminen & Santra Juoperi
Set design: Tapio Keskitalo
Lighting design: Pietu Pietiäinen
Costume design: Niina Pasanen
Makeup: Päivi Kela
Production: Helsinki Festival, Yle Draama, Yle Design, Radio Symphony Orchestra
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