Aino & Luther on stage

The Finnish National Opera is to host Erkki Melartin’s opera Aino on 26 May in a concert performance in Helsinki starring Helena Juntunen in the leading role. Completed in 1912, Aino is a landmark work in early Finnish opera. Based on the national epic, The Kalevala, it is in flowing Late-Romantic style and uses Wagnerian Leitmotif technique. Kari Tikka’s Luther is scheduled on 1 June at the Organ and Aria Festival in Espoo with three performances in all. The opera will also be performed in Germany on 30.9. and 1.10. by the Opernbühne Württembergisches Allgäu.