The Finnish National Opera and the Finnish National Ballet will be contributing to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius with new productions. The major effort is the world premiere of the expansive Kullervo by choreographer Tero Saarinen on the main stage on 13 February 2015.
In the 2014–2015 season, the Finnish National Opera and Ballet will be offering nine premieres. The first opera premiere of the season will be Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart on 29 August 2014. Friends of operetta will enjoy the return of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss on 28 November after an absence of almost 20 years. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner will be premiered on 13 March.
In the upcoming season, the Danish National Opera will present La bohème and Così fan tutte , two of the most loved operas which will tour the country with Denmark’s five regional orchestras. The autumn of 2014 will see the presentation of the romantically tragic world of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème – perhaps the world’s most admired opera and a perfect show for all ages and all types of audience.
The Finnish city of Lahti will lead the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius in 2015 at its annual International Sibelius Festival, taking place 4th-7th September 2014. The Lahti Symphony Orchestra, recognised internationally for its Sibelius interpretations, has announced a highly anticipated programme for its 2014 and 2015 festivals, which take place at Lahti’s impressive Sibelius Hall.
American conductor Kent Nagano signs for another three years as Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Sweden. Kent Nagano was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra in 2013. The new contract extends to 2019. The inspired collaboration has led to a series of successful concerts, loved by the audiences and praised by the critics.