Einojuhani Rautavaara
The House of the Sun - Tragedia Buffa. Chamber Opera in Two Acts

Oulu Symphony Orchestra
Mikko Franck, conductor
Petri Bäckström, tenor
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Mia Huhta, soprano
Helena Juntunen, soprano
Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, soprano
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Markus Nieminen, baritone
Ulla Raiskio, contralto
Raija Regnell, mezzo-soprano
Jukka Romu, bass

Finnish contemporary

Critics' choices


2 CDs; booklet with liner notes, written by the composer, and synopsis in English, German, French and Finnish, and the libretto in the original Finnish and in English and German 


October 2003

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1032-2D


Track listing

CD1 48:31
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)
The House of the Sun - Opera in Two Acts
1 Act I 48:31

CD2 35:58
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)
The House of the Sun - Opera in Two Acts
1 Act II 35:58

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Classical Internet Award 2004 '10/10'

Press review

The performances, vocal and instrumental, are beyond criticism, and with only a few longueurs, the opera is very effective (...) in its own way quite beautiful and touching. It certainly won't remind you of anything else - Rautavaara has his own voice, and his own persuasive sensibility.
Robert Levine,

Rautavaara could hardly have wished for a finer cast. (...) The orchestral playing and engineering are also exemplary standard, and Mikko Franck's perceptive performance makes the best possible case for this fascinating score. Enthusiastically recommended.
Julian Haylock, International Record Review, February 2004

Complete description

Libretto and music by Einojuhani Rautavaara (1989-90)

The cast includes:
Anna-Kristiina Kaappola: Noora
Raija Regnell: Riina
Mia Huhta: Eleanor
Helena Juntunen: Irene
Ulla Raiskio: Victoria von Sonnig
Jukka Romu: John von Sonnig
Tuomas Katajala: Victor von Sonnig
Tommi Hakala: Gregor
Markus Nieminen: Prof. Alessandro Riccioni
Petri Bäckström: Maximilian Holstein