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Funded by the Finnish Academy

Unlike in most European countries, in Finland, opera become established only in the early twentieth century being inspired by the National Romantic movement rather than image building within a court culture. After the Second World War, the Finnish opera started to flourish, and in 1975 began, according to Heiniö's research, the Finnish Opera Boom. The unique role that opera started to play in the Finnish culture is seen in the volume of contemporary operas: in the year 2000, Finnish opera reached a peak of 16 new works by Finnish composers.

The study Articulations of Identity in Finnish Opera aims to identify the shaping forces, cultural, social, and economical, in the development of Finnish opera.


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