Friday, February 20, 2009

More On Nationalized Opera Houses: National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) To Host Local Debut Of Finnish National Opera Conductor Hannu Lintu

Elegant, elevated patriotism at work ...

Hannu Lintu has conducted several opera productions for the Finnish National Opera including Aulis Sallinen’s “King Lear” and Kalevi Aho’s “Before We Are All Drowned.” In 2004, he recorded Tauno Pylkkanen’s opera “Mare and Her Son.” Future opera engagements include a new opera by Mikko Heiniö.


King Charles goes hunting, but...

...will he shoot an elk or fall victim to a conspiracy? A Romantic opera about ambition and love, about the emergence of Finland as a nation, about the people and power. Premiered in 1852, Kung Karls jakt (The Hunt of King Charles) is the first Finnish opera ever (in Finnish).


National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.)

Placido Domingo's Washington National Opera

Sharon Percy Rockefeller's Classical WETA-FM, American classical music-less public radio in the Nation's Capital


Header photo credits: Finnish national music champion Hannu Lintu and Grammy-prize winning American classical music champion John McLaughlin Williams.

Who do you think was the first to be invited to guest conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.)?

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