Suomen Oopperaryhmät

The Box & The Trial

The double bill of two chamber operas, The Box and The Trial, offers us two complementary perspectives of the unpredictability and disconnectedness of life. It tells a story about people living in isolation from the surrounding society and, on the other hand, about people at the mercy of society. Both operas share the view of an absurd world, that can feel familiar to many of us these days.
The Box

The Box, a chamber opera composed by Stefanie Tuurna and written by Kalle Virtanen, tells the story of four men locked in the same room. The timely piece deals with the human mind by means of contemporary opera in a situation where the outside world is excluded and the only way to escape can be found on one’s own head. In the performance, four soloists are accompanied by the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, conducted by James Kahane.

Music – Stefanie Tuurna
Libretto and concept – Kalle Virtanen
Director – Martina Roos
Soloists – Jussi Vänttinen, Kalle Virtanen, Jussi Ziegler & Jasper Leppänen
Conductor –James Kahane
Helsinki Chamber Orchestra

The Trial

The Trial takes on big issues in life and touches the audience. The chamber opera offers a recognizable vision of the essential absurdity of our world. The Trial, premiered in December 2019 by Finnish Chamber Opera, is based on Franz Kafka’s famous novel Der Prozess, which was left unfinished. The chamber opera is a profane and macabre performance that is itself incomplete and unstable, like the world of Josef K, the famous protagonist of Kafka. We follow a strange theatre in a theatre, that is like a rehearsal of performance, that does not seem to answer the questions that it sets. Josef K sticks to his frantic role because he no longer wants to wake up to his nightmare. The story of Josef K is told from a point of view of an insect and it highlights the haphazardness of life, the uses and abuses of power, sexuality, and love.

The Trial enters consciousness with its macabre, primordial overall expression.” – Liisamaija Hautsalo / HS 2019

Music – Paavo Korpijaakko
Libretto – Jussi Moila (adapted from Franz Kafka’s The Trial)
Director – Vilppu Kiljunen
Set Design – Sampo Pyhälä
Costume Design – Marja Uusitalo
Lighting Design – Jarkko Lievonen
Assistant director – Miro Apostolakis

Soloists – Gabriel Suovanen (baritone), Annami Hylkilä (soprano), Reetta Ristimäki (soprano), Ann-Marie Heino (mezzosoprano), Sampo Haapaniemi (baritone), Jussi Vänttinen (baritone) & Janne Marja-Aho (actor, dancer)

Conductor – Taavi Oramo
Accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra


  • Sat 28.8. at 15-17.45 Alexander Theatre, Main stage, Bulevardi 23-27, 00180 Helsinki
  • Sun 29.8. at 15-17.45 Alexander Theatre, Main stage, Bulevardi 23-27, 00180 Helsinki


2h 45min, including intermission

English (The Box)
Finnish, German, French (The Trial)

Finnish & English (The Box & The Trial)

The Box: The Box-team
The Trial: Finnish Chamber Opera in collaboration with Greta Productions

Touring information
The Box
The Trial

Varaa Gretan studio

Mikäli haluat varata Gretan studion, laita sähköpostia osoitteeseen, ja kerro, koska tarvitsisit studiota.

Kun olet saanut vahvistuksen, että studio on vapaa valitsemallasi ajankohdalla, vahvista varaus painamalla allaolevaa painiketta.