The Horseman

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This article is about the 1975 Finnish opera. For the 2008 Australian film, see The Horseman (film).

The Horseman (Finnish: Ratsumies) is an opera in three acts by Aulis Sallinen, based on a libretto by Paavo Haavikko. It was premiered by the Savonlinna Opera Festival on June 17, 1975. It was the first of Sallinen's six operas and was written to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Olavinlinna Castle. According to George Loomis writing in the New York Times the work "is widely credited for helping to precipitate a wave of Finnish operas".[1]

The opera was revived at the 2005 Savonlinna Opera Festival in a new production directed by Vilppu Kiljunen. A live recording of the premiere performance was released on LP by Finlandia Records in 1979, and later re-issued on CD by the same label.[2]


  1. ^ Loomis, George (12 July 2005). "A grim, uneven tale at Savonlinna festival". New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ Calland, Deborah. "Sallinen: The Horseman". BBC Music Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2014.