Another maestro dies: the driving force in Finnish opera

Ulf Söderblom has died, in the week of his 86th birthday.

Ulf was principal conductor of Finnish National Opera from 1973 to 1993 and one of the makers of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, conducting its 1967 reopening after half a century’s inaction.

Among the new operas Ulf commissioned were Joonas Kokkonen’s The Last Temptations and Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo and The Horseman.

Ulf Söderblom

He belonged to an age of opera expansion.

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