Aulis Sallinen
King Lear
Opera in Two Acts
DVD video

Matti Salminen, bass
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Taina Piira, soprano
Satu Vihavainen, soprano
Petri Lindroos, baritone
Kai Pitkänen, tenor
Jorma Hynninen, baritone
Sauli Tiilikainen, baritone
Jorma Silvasti, tenor
Aki Alamikkotervo, tenor
Hannu Forsberg, bass
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Okko Kamu, conductor

Finnish contemporary


Menu languagues: English, Finnish
Picture format: NTSC colour 16:9
Region code: 0
Sound Format: PCM stereo
Subtitles: English, Finnish

DVD Video

April 2015

Catalogue No.:
ODV 4010


Track listing

DVD 164'00
Aulis Sallinen (1935-)
King Lear, Opera in Two Acts, Op. 76 164
1 ACT I 84:18
2 Prologue: The Fools's Song 4:31
3 Scene 1, Lear's Palace 26:59
4 Scene 2, Gloucester's Castle 18:44
5 Scene 3, Forest 3:02
6 Scene 4, Cornwall's Castle 31:54
7 ACT II 76:37
8 Scene 5, Gloucester's Castle 5:19
9 Scene 6, Forest 12:43
10 Scene 7, Albany's Castle 8:05
11 Scene 8, Forest 13:40
12 Scene 9, The British camp near Dover 11:12
13 Scene 10, The British camp 25:38

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Press review

Remarkable (...) and hugely recommended.

Mike Ashman, Gramophone, July 2015

Complete description

One of the internationally most well-known Finnish composers, Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) celebrates his 80th birthday in 2015. As a tribute, Ondine is releasing the 2002 production of his most latest opera, King Lear with the same cast that premiered the work at the Finnish National Opera in 2000.

King Lear's premiere was a great success with a strong cast of singers under the direction of Okko Kamu. The title role of King Lear is sung by the legendary bass Matti Salminen. Other singing roles include Lilli Paasikivi, Taina Piira, Satu Vihavainen, Petri Lindroos, Kai Pitkänen, Jorma Hynninen, Sauli Tiilikainen and Jorma Silvasti.

The libretto of the opera is based on the world-famous tragedy by William Shakespeare which tells the tragic story of the English king Lear, who struggles with both members of his own family and his enemies, as well as with his developing madness.