New book discusses contemporary opera in Finland

Finland is a nation of opera. Nowhere else in the world are there as many contemporary operas being produced per capita as in Finland. Finnish audiences are receptive and interested and indeed proud of the high quality of Finland’s music culture. 

What is it to be an opera composer in Finland and in today’s increasingly globalised society?

In their book Finland – A Nation of Opera editors Elke Albrecht and Eeva-Taina Forsius-Schibli provide facts and up-to-date information, but principally give composers themselves a voice in a collection of essays with personal musings concerning everything about opera, from its history to its aesthetic principles. For the reader, this yeilds a unique opportunity to glance behind the scenes of the incredibly complex production process of the joint artwork that is opera.

The book includes contributions by Kalevi Aho, Atso Almila, Paavo Heininen, Mikko Heiniö, Olli Kortekangas, Ilkka Kuusisto, Einojuhani Rautavaara and many more.

Finland – A Nation of Opera: 19 Essays about contemporary opera is available in English (paperback), Finnish (paperback) and German (hardcover & paperback).

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