Georg Ots 95th Anniversary Concert
Estonian National Opera
March 21, 2015 at 7pm.
Conductors: Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten
Sorpano Helena Juntunen, Finland
“On March 21 Estonian National Opera celebrates the 95th anniversary of Georg Ots – the most famous and admired Estonian singer. His expressive and lyrical baritone voice has left a deep impression in the hearts of the audience. Ots’ frequent performances of classical music and pop concerts on the radio and TV made him a true star. During the 30 years of his career at the Estonian National Opera, he created a whole gallery of roles polished in details and touched with his stage charm. His Iago (Verdi’s “Otello”), Demon (Rubinstein’s “The Demon”), Rigoletto (Verdi’s “Rigoletto”), Don Giovanni (Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”), Papageno (Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”), Porgy (Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”), Cervantes/don Quixote (Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha”) and many other roles are unforgettable. Ots was one of the few singers who had an opportunity to sing to international audiences, including audiences in the US, during the post-war period. Read more.“
Thursday 29th January, 2015
7pm Kaustinen Hall 25/20€
Hailed as the best Mozart orchestra in the country, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra provides a full measure of the Master’s music.
The scintillating soloist of the concert is the internationally renowned star soprano Helena Juntunen.
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Fabulous Bäckström Brothers
A wildly funny musical comedy about singing brothers.
This comedy about three musicians is guaranteed to have classical music enthusiasts in stitches as well as those who think opera is a ridiculous form of expression.
Lauri Meri/Helsingin Sanomat
See Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on YouTube! Walhalla meets Vaudeville! Die Niebelungen meets Ninja!
A nod to the Marx brothers and Monty Python, the comedy concerns the dynamics between two singing brothers. The show meanders swiftly between opera, comedy, concert and vaudeville.
…the farcical set-up explodes into a slapstick comedy the like of which you’ve never seen before, when a contemporary opera about the collision between matter and antimatter, conceived in the backseat of a car, intertwines with the unspoken conflicts between two brothers sitting in the front seats, and the horn-helmeted Wagnerian god figures who get lost in the pink-hued reality of roadside fast-food cafes.
Lauri Meri/Helsingin Sanomat
The comedy is written and directed by two of the most celebrated British comedy makers Toby Parker and Aitor Basauri, artistic directors of the internationally awarded Spymonkey theatre group (e.g. Melbourne Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Montreal, Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas). “If there’s a funnier theatre company out there, I can’t think of it.” (The Times)
Watch the YouTube video, which became an overnight hit
Performers: Jouni Bäckström (baritone), Petri Bäckström (tenor) and Jukka Nykänen (piano)
Directors Toby Park and Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey) Script: The team
Read the review in the Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish) assessment from HERE
- Thu 08.01. 7 pm
- Sun 11.01. 3 pm SOLD OUT
- Tue 13.01. 7 pm
- Mon 13.04. 7 pm
- Tue 14.04. 7 pm
- Tue 15.04. 7 pm
Tickets from the box office: €28/24, from Lippupiste €30.50/26.50
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Perttu Kivilaakso, sello
Laura Mikkola, piano
Apocalyptican solisti, sellisti Perttu Kivilaakso ja kansainvälisesti arvostettu huippupianisti Laura Mikkola tulkitsevat konsertissa sellolle ja pianolle sävellettyjä klassikkoteoksia. Klassisen muusikkokoulutuksen saanut rokkari Kivilaakso suhtautuu musiikkiin kuin musiikkiin intohimoisesti, ja saa lavalle duoparikseen lempipianistinsa Laura Mikkolan.
L. van Beethoven: Sonaatti A-Duuri sellolle ja pianolle op.69 No.3
J. Sibelius: Malinconia op.20
D. Sostakovits: Sonaatti sellolle ja pianolle d-molli op.40
Leif Segerstam, conductor
Jenni Lättilä, soprano
Sami Saikkonen, dancer
Ville Saukkonen, director
Timo Ollila, lighting designer
Arnold Schönberg: Erwartung op. 17
Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen, Four Legends for Orchestra op. 22
A woman wanders in the woods in the dark of night, searching for her lover. Suddenly she discovers a dead body…
The anniversary year of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra opens with a stunning staged version of Arnold Schönberg’s notorious monodrama Erwartung. The macabre narrative in the celebrated soprano part will be performed by Jenni Lättilä, with dancer Sami Saikkonen as the absent lover. Marking the beginning of the 150th anniversary year of composer Jean Sibelius, the programme concludes with one of his perennial favourites, the Lemminkäinen cycle.