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Press release: Jorma Hynninen to star in title role of new opera at Ateneum


Akseli, a new monologue opera about the life of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, will have its premiere in the Ateneum Hall on Kalevala Day, 28 February 2013. The title role will be sung by baritone Jorma Hynninen with music composed by Kimmo Hakola and libretto by Pekka Hako. The director is Vilppu Kiljunen, and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Ville Matvejeff.

The monologue opera takes place in seven scenes set in the artist’s Kalela atelier and in his thoughts on Paris, Berlin and Africa. The libretto is based on Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s own writings and on texts written about his art. The opera is not biographical; rather it reveals to the audience seven imagined moments in the life of the artist.

The opera explores the mindscapes and visions of the artist: the unspoilt wilderness and its people, youthful thrills and longing for distant lands, love, friendship and the pain of loss, as well as the world of the Kalevala and the passions and ideals of making art.

Produced by Ateneum Art Museum and the Finnish Chamber Opera together with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

Premiere: 28 February at 19
Other performances:
2 March at 15
3 March at 15
6 March at 19
9 March at 15
10 March at 15
13 March at 19
16 March at 15
17 March at 15

Ticket sales begin via Lippupalvelu on Monday 14 January at 9.
Note: Tickets cannot be purchased or reserved at Ateneum. Entrance to the museum on the same day as the performance is included in the price of the ticket.
Tickets to performances in March (incl. handling fees): €48.50, pensioners and students €45.50
Tickets to the premiere on 28 February: €68.50 – includes refreshments before the performance and a chance to meet the artist after the performance.
Lippupalvelu, tel. +358 (0)600 10 800 (€1.96/min+local network charge), www.lippupalvelu.fi

Further information and tickets for critics:
Ateneum Art Museum, Marja Istala Kumpunen, Communications Manager, tel. +358 (0)50 555 3551, mik@ateneum.fi