Aulis Sallinen
Kullervo - Opera in Two Acts

Finnish National Opera Chorus
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Ulf Söderblom, conductor
Paula Etelävuori, contralto
Matti Heinikari, tenor
Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Anna-Lisa Jakobsson, mezzo-soprano
Juha Kotilainen, baritone
Vesa-Matti Loiri, vocalist
Pertti Mäkelä, tenor
Marko Putkonen, bass
Esa Ruuttunen, baritone
Matti Salminen, bass
Eeva-Liisa Saarinen, mezzo-soprano
Jorma Silvasti, tenor
Satu Vihavainen, soprano

Finnish contemporary


3 CDs; booklet with liner notes and synopsis in English, German and Finnish, and the libretto in the original Finnish and in English

This re-release marks the production of the opera at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in July 2014. Previously relased as ODE 780-3T.


April 2014

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1258-2T


Track listing

CD 1 53:41
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
Kullervo - Opera in Two Acts
1 Act I: Introduction 7:27
2 Act I: Scene 1 20:38
3 Act I: Scene 2 25:21

CD 2 66:56
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
Kullervo - Opera in Two Acts
1 Act I: Entr'acte 7:55
2 Act I: Scene 3 23:22
3 Act II: Scene 4 16:43
4 Act II: Scene 5 18:46

CD 3 36:26
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
Kullervo - Opera in Two Acts
1 Act II: Scene 6 25:20
2 Act II: Epilogue 11:06

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Complete description

This triple CD contains the two-act opera Kullervo by Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen who also wrote the libretto. Derived from the Finnish national epic Kalevala and from the play Kullervo by Aleksis Kivi, it tells the story of the magician Kullervo, the ill-fated son of Kalervo and the only irredeemably tragic character in Finnish mythology.

Sallinen wrote his fourth opera between 1986-1988 on commission from the Finnish National Opera. Prior to the world première - which took place in Los Angeles in February 1992 with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Finnish National Opera Choir and soloists lead by Ulf Söderblom - this recording was produced in Helsinki in collaboration with the Finnish National Opera and in the presence of the composer in September 1991.

The cast includes
Jorma Hynninen: Kullervo
Eeva-Liisa Saarinen: Kullervo's mother
Matti Salminen: Kalervo, Kullervo's father
Jorma Silvasti: Kimmo
Satu Vihavainen: Kullervo's sister
Anna-Lisa Jakobsson: Smith's young wife
Pertti Mäkelä: hunter
Juha Kotilainen: Unto
Paula Etelävuori: Unto's wife
Marko Putkonen: Tiera
Matti Heinikari: 1st man
Esa Ruuttunen: 2nd man
Vesa-Matti Loiri: blind singer