05 Feb 2007
The Hunt of King Charles, Finnish National Opera, Helsinki
By George Loomis [Financial Times, 5 February 2007]
Thanks to contemporary composers such as Kaija Saarijao, Einojuani Rautaavara and Aulis Sallinen, Finland’s per capita contribution to the continued vitality of opera is second to none. But is misplaced pride behind the Finnish National Opera’s exhumation of “the first Finnish opera” – Fredrik Pacius’s The Hunt of King Charles, a rarity even in Finland?