Orli

Veijo Baltzar wrote a script of a mythological folk opera Orli in 1992. Orli started as a street theatre in the city of Imatra in 1994 and turned out into a 2,5 hour-long folk opera that was eventually performed in Finlandia Hall (1000 seats), Helsinki, opened by the premier minister Paavo Lipponen.

Orli tells a story of a folk, tempted and forced by satanic powers to flee from their homeland, cross the sea and to search for new home in foreign lands. The play depicts a fight between Gods, good and evil, beautiful and ugly. The play discusses rites and myths, the consequences of losing them, as well as values and morals and their significance in nations’ identities.

Orli 1: 1994–1995

Premiere Karelia Hall 10 Nov 1995

Script, direction: Veijo Baltzar
Music composition: Hannu Sopanen
Music arrangement: Jussi Virsunen
Choreography: Anna Lahtinen
Stage design: Antti Hämäläinen, Tiina Jaakkola,
Hannu Kanto /Imatra art school
Costume design: Mirka Seitsonen /Imatra vocational school
Sound and light design: Jorma Väänänen
Choreography: Anna Lahtinen
Assistant director: Hanna Hakalisto

Orli 2: 1996–1997

Script, direction: Veijo Baltzar
Leading roles: Leena Marsio and Kasimir BaltzarMusic composition: Hannu Sopanen
Choreography: Anniina Aunola
Music arrangement: Timo Lehtovaara (Sibelius Academy)
Stage design: Antti Hämäläinen, Tiina Jaakkola, Hannu Kanto /Imatra art school
Costume design: Minna Piispanen
Sound and light design: Jorma Väänänen

Make-up: Arja Rossi