ECHOES OF THE UNIVERSE - THE MUSIC OF KAIJA SAARIAHO
The documentary Echoes of the Universe draws an artistic portrait of our most significant contemporary composer. The film will premiere at the DocPoint Festival in early February 2023.
JUST BEFORE NIGHTFALL
The organ chamber piece Just before nightfall by composer Olli Kortekangas and poet Pia Perkiö takes the listener to ultimate questions. The piece will premiere at Musiikkitalo Organo on 12 August 2023, performed by the vocal group TriAngel and organist Jan Lehtola.
La Passion de Simone
Touching and philosophical La Passion de Simone’s by Kaija Saariaho brings something to think for Easter Week! Performances in the Concert Hall Sun 12.4. and Mon 13.4.
Kaija Saariaho‘s first stage work, Study for Life, had its only performance in February 1981. Now the new generation is bringing its own interpretation of this enigmatic first step towards opera, combining it with a stage version of the violin concerto Graal Théâtre.
KANSANRADIO (the people's radio)
Kansanradio opera is a new Finnish chamber opera. The libretto of is based on the rich content of the Kansanradio radio program, which has been broadcasted on YLE for more than forty years.
Koria täti (aunt Koria) is a production by Saaristo-ooppera and tells the tale of a slowly dementing old woman, who is isolated from the rest of the family and locked in her personal chambers. Olli Kortekangas’ composition is accompanied by Tommi Kinnunen’s libretto. Päivi Nisula shines in the leading role.
THE LAST TEMPTATIONS
Joonas Kokkonen’s magnificent opera The Last Temptations will be heard in August at Nilsiä’s Aholansaari. Esa Ruuttunen sings in the role of Paavo Ruotsalainen.
HEAVEN AND HELL
The film “Taivas ja Helvetti” (Heaven and Hell”), directed by Riitta Rask and scheduled for release in 2021, is a biography documentary following the legendary composer and conductor Kari Tikka