Lilli Paasikivi, artistic director of the Finnish National Opera, values KULLERVO for its vocal versatility. The mezzo-soprano sees Sibelius’s work as a blend of opera and ballet.
If only Jean Sibelius had been bold enough to tackle big operas, says Lilli Paasikivi, the mezzo-soprano and artistic director of the Finnish National Opera. Paasikivi sees the symphonic poem KULLERVO, which is being interpreted here afresh, as a blend of opera and ballet. Jean Sibelius produced a piece with a broad vocal repertoire, she says. What a shame he never tried again!
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