Sallinen - The Red Line
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Cat No: ODV4008
Format: DVD - NTSC
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th September 2010
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Tsuumi Dance Company
Opera magazine called The Red Line “a work of both national and universal significance”. Its story centres on the fate of a poor woodsman, Topi, and his wife, Riika, and deals with the Finnish quest for social justice at the first free elections in 1907.
Legendary baritone Jorma Hynninen headed the Finnish National Opera ensemble in the work’s world première and subsequent tour performances to great acclaim: “Sallinen’s Red Line is the best new opera I have heard in many a year (...) it proved as gripping in its way as Wozzeck or Jenufa” (The New York Times)
This release pays tribute to Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen on the occasion of his 75th birthday in 2010. Sallinen started a new wave of Finnish opera in the 1970s, and The Red Line played a fundamental part in establishing Finnish contemporary music on the international scene.
- Topi, a Crofter: Jorma Hynninen
- Riika, his Wife: Paivi Nisula
Stage Director: Pekka Milonoff
Directed for video by Aarno Cronvall
Recorded live in Helsinki, Finnish National Opera, May 2008.
Extras: Interviews with Aulis Sallinen, Pekka Milonoff, Mikko Franck, Jorma Hynninen
DVD Video [115’ • 44’ Extras]
Subtitles: Finnish / English
NTSC colour • 16:9
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround / PCM Stereo
Region Code 0 • English Menu
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