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We asked the Principal Conductor of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet Hannu Lintu about his thoughts on Billy Budd. Read further!
”The general perception of French music seems to be that it’s light, ethereal, sometimes even jolly, distinctly lacking violence or harshness. However, we too can be harsh in our music." Conductor Patrick Fournillier introduces you three musical gems from 20th century French composers.
The music must describe the beautiful yet merciless sea and ice, and how small and powerless we are against their might. These were composer, conductor and violinist Jaakko Kuusisto’s first thoughts when starting to work on his new Finnish opera, Ice. It is based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel. Read more!
I was heavily influenced by the 1936 movie Camille, starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor, as well as the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, La Dame aux Camélias.