This season’s highlights include Ville Rusanen's debut with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy in Kullervo and his debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin under Hannu Lintu (also with Kullervo). He makes his company debut as Bormental in a new opera by Alexander Raskatov - A Dog’s Heart - based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, in Milan at Teatro alla Scala.
In his first season outside Helsinki, Rusanen earned excellent reviews for his appearances as Guglielmo in David McVicar’s production of Cosi fan tutte for Scottish Opera. In 2010 he made his debut with De Nederlandse Opera in a Raskatov's A Dog’s Heart.
In concert, Ville Rusanen has performed Fauré's Requiem, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, the St John Passion, the St Matthew Passion and Carmina Burana. He made his London debut at the 2007 BBC Proms in a performance of Sibelius’ The Tempest with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä. Most recently he sang Sibelius' Kullervo at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago under Hannu Lintu.
“Guglielmo's angry seduction of Dorabella – is superbly handled. Rusanen's bright, incisive baritone is a strong foil to Prieto's sweet and persuasive tenor.” (The Independent, May 2009)