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Total duration 2 h 30 min
1 intermission
8 performances
8.9.2017 – 5.10.2017
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
16-129 €
Performed in Swedish
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

Highlight of the season

The much-anticipated highlight of the season is the world premiere of a new Finnish opera. Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata is the meeting of a story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and the music of Sebastian Fagerlund, one of the most highly acclaimed Finnish composers of his generation. Gunilla Hemming adapted a libretto from Bergman’s film of the same name, reflecting on human choices, hidden conflicts in families and the possibility of forgiveness. The role of Charlotte has been specially composed for Anne Sofie von Otter, one of the most highly esteemed mezzo-sopranos of our time. This is the first time Von Otter has been seen on the Finnish National Opera stage.

Yle will record and broadcast Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata on Yle Teema television channel and online at yle.fi/klassinen. You can watch live stream of Autumn Sonata also at our Stage24-service. The opera will also be featured at The Opera Platform online showcase.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

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Sebastian Fagerlund; Höstsonaten; Syyssonaatti

”Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata is a multilayered and powerful relationship drama. Its protagonists meet up in the dark hours of the night and end up having to question the choices they’ve made and their consequences. Underlying the drama, we have the eternal themes of forgiveness and the ability to accept other people as they are. Even as I was starting out the work, I felt as if the story and its characters were waiting for me somewhere in the depths of my mind. The tidal surges of the opera’s music still have an unusual pull on me.”

– composer Sebastian Fagerlund

See composer Sebastian Fagerlund's interview

Synopsis

Charlotte, a renowned pianist, visits her daughter after years of absence. A family drama begins to unravel. Charlotte once made the choice of career over family, and the question now is what marks this choice has left on her daugthers, Eva and Helena. Helena is ill, and Eva has lost a child; these dark strands colour the story that plumbs the depths of troubled human relationships.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

 

Creative team

Music
Sebastian Fagerlund
Libretto
Gunilla Hemming
Director, sets
Stéphane Braunschweig
Costumes
Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Lighting design
Marion Hewlett

Cast

Performances and tickets

2 h 30 min
1 intermission
8 performances
8.9.2017 – 5.10.2017
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
16-129 €
Performed in Swedish
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 8.9.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Wed 13.9.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 16.9.2017
at 18:00
sold out
Tue 19.9.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 23.9.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 26.9.2017
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 30.9.2017
at 14:00
on sale
Thu 5.10.2017
at 19:00
on sale

Order refreshments here

Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury for the season

See what you like: choose your favourites on this season’s rich menu.

Book your refreshments beforehand online or at the Opera Restaurant sales desk; you will have a much wider range to choose from, and you will not have to queue in the interval.

Opera Restaurant sales desk
Tel. +358 9 4030 2377 on weekdays 09.00–11.00 and 12.00–16.00
Service desk beside the box office in the Opera House foyer on the Töölönlahti side open from Tuesday to Friday 12.00–16.00
ravintolapalvelut[at]opera.fi

Season ticket

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Buy a season ticket and get benefits

If you visit us several times a year and would like to ensure that you get a seat at future premieres, the season ticket is a perfect choice for you.  As a season ticket holder, you will receive discounts and benefits and a designated seat in the auditorium.