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Before Sibelius: the first full Kalevala opera


Sibelius was by no means the only composer to draw inspiration from the Kalevala in the late 19th century. Karl Müller-Berghaus’s (1829–1907) opera Die Kalewainen in Pochjola was composed in Turku more than 120 years ago, to a libretto by Franz Spengler. This recently rediscovered work is the first through-composed opera based on the Kalevala, but it has never before been staged anywhere. In late February/early March 2017 the Turku Music Festival and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra will bring the opera to Turku’s LOGOMO cultural centre.

The composer, conductor and violinist Karl Müller-Berghaus was born in Braunschweig, Germany, and served as conductor of the Turku orchestra from 1886 until 1895.

Karl Müller-Berghaus (detail from a lithography after a photo by A. Dorbritz, Cologne; © CC BY-SA 3.0)
Karl Müller-Berghaus (detail from a lithography after a photo by A. Dorbritz, Cologne; © CC BY-SA 3.0)

The production features leading soloists including Tommi Hakala, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Christian Juslin and Susanna Andersson. It will be directed by Tiina Puumalainen and conducted by Leif Segerstam.

The performance lasts approximately 3 hours and the opera is sung in German.

Click here for a pdf brochure about the production and performances.

This major cultural event is also part of the official ‘SuomiFinland100’ programme on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence.

Website for the production (including ticket order link): click here
Click here to order tickets.







Finland’s Museum Card


Coming to Finland in 2015 is the Museokortti (‘Museum Card’), a single non-transferrable card that will provide access for a full year to all the country’s museums – including of course Ainola, the Sibelius Museum in Turku and Sibelius’s birth house in Hämeenlinna. The card will cost approx. €50.

Further information (in Finnish) here

Fairy Tale – Competition for Children

Fairy Tale

What kind of world would you like to live in?

Get inspired by Jean Sibelius’s tone poem En saga (A Fairy tale) and imagine your dream world!

Listen on the Fairy Tale website to En saga, performed by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Leif Segerstam. Get inspired and create your own fairy-tale world using whatever visual technique you prefer (e.g. drawing, painting, photography, collage), then upload it onto the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s Fairy Tale website with the title ‘My fairy tale – my dream world’.

All children from around the world aged between 0 and 12 can participate in the Fairy Tale competition. Entries can be submitted until Saturday 15th November 2014. The Fairy Tale website can be viewed in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese.

The artwork by those entering the competition will be used to create an exhibition viewable both online and also in the Turku Concert Hall. Out of all the entries received, the jury will choose  five, and these five children will then be invited to an international children’s event in Turku Concert Hall in March 2015. These five children will also receive a scholarship for art studies.

Fairy Tale – A Worldwide Competition for Children is the brainchild of Leif Segerstam, chief conductor and artistic director of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. It is an international children’s competition in which children from around the world are invited to visualise their dream world by drawing inspiration from Jean Sibelius’s tone poem En saga (A Fairy Tale). The Fairy Tale competition celebrates both the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth and also the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s 225th anniversary in 2015.

The Fairy Tale competition is part of the official programme to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth. The project has received special support from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Guidelines and rules on the Fairy Tale website
Fairy Tale on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/556810141111801/
Fairy Tale on YouTube:

Further information:
Viliina Tolvanen, Project Coordinator