Finnish music at the Finlandia Hall

Soprano Laura Pyrrö and pianist Tiina Korhonen give a recital at the Finlandia Hall’s Helsinki Hall on Friday September the 15th at 7 pm!

The concert is a part of the Comic Opera Helsinki’s lied concert series.

Theme land of the concert is Finland, so the programme consists of Finnish music.  During the evening the audience can enjoy music from Leevi Madetoja, Erkki Melartin, Tauno Pylkkänen and Jean Sibelius, among others.

Tickets and further information: http://www.koominenooppera.fi/?page_id=4179&lang=en




Two rarely seen miniature operas in the Finnish National Theatre in September

Two rarely seen miniature operas from the 1920’s are performed in the Finnish National Theatre in September!

Paul Hindemith’s operas with very diverse moods, Sancta Susanna and Hin und zurück, are carried out in a breathtaking way by director Ville Saukkonen.

The main roles are sung by Laura Pyrrö, Mari Hautaniemi, Petri Bäckström, Margit Westerlund and Jouni Bäckström.

The premiere is on Tuesday September 19th at 7 pm, other performances on Sep 20th at 7 pm, Sep 22nd at 7 pm and Sep 23rd at 3 pm.

Further information and ticket reservations: http://www.kansallisteatteri.fi/esitykset/sancta-susanna-hin-und-zuruck/




Open-air opera in Helsinki this summer!

A one-of-a-kind oppurtunity to experience magical opera in the heart of Helsinki!

Savitri, an opera composed by Gustav Holst, will be performed in Helsinki four times right before the nordic Midsummer.

The piece, located in India, processes love and death. The text is based on Mahabharata, an ancient Indian epic, and tells a story about Savitri and Satyavan and their combat against Death.

The opera is directed by Juulia Tapola and the roles sung by soprano Laura Pyrrö, bass-baritone Jouni Kokora and tenor Matias Haakana.
The events and ambiances are led onwards by the Helsinki-based Kaari-ensemble’s singers and the orchestra consists of piano, violins and sitar.

Performances are in Finnish, duration approximately 40 minutes.

The venue is a park surrounding Helsinki University’s Snellmania-building in Snellmaninkatu 14, entrance right in the corner of Liisankatu.

PERFORMANCES: FRI Jun 16th at 7 pm,  SAT Jun 17th at 2 pm,  MON Jun 19th at 7 pm,  TUE Jun 20th at 7 pm

TICKETS: 15 euros, ONLY CASH.

BOOK IN ADVANCE & FURTHER INFORMATION: tel +358 50 358 5181, laura@laurapyrro.com, www.facebook.com/savitriooppera

 




Finland 100 Years first Jubilee concert takes place in India

India-Habitat-CentreFinland 100 Years first Jubilee concert takes place in Delhi, India!

The concert venue will be Stein Auditorium in India Habitat Centre, and Laura Pyrrö is accompanied by an Indian pianist Aching Shaiza.

The programme consists of Finnish classical music (Jean Sibelius, Oskar Merikanto, Erkki Melartin, Fredrik Pacius, Leevi Madetoja) but includes also other western art music from Schumann, Brahms and Puccini, among others.

The concert is organized by The Finnish Embassy and Neemrana Music Foundation.

For further information: http://www.indiahabitat.org/programmes




Let’s dance on Epiphany Eve!

imgresMikkeli City Orchestra’s, St. Michel Strings, traditional Epiphany Ball melodies echo in the Concert House Mikaeli on January 5th!

At first the orchestra with it’s soloists invites the audience to dance in the concert hall, and after the intermission the evening continues in a laid-back mood in the foyer of the concert house.

Many types of music will be heard during the evening: lighter opera and operetta, musical, beautiful tones by Oskar Merikanto, Italian movie themes…

The concert is conducted by Andres Kaljuste and the soloists are Laura Pyrrö and Tuukka Lehtonen.

For further information: http://mikkelinkaupunginorkesteri.fi/sivut/




Concert Tour in France

Sibelius-konsertti 3_FotorTour consisting of three concerts in France starts from Aix-en-Provence on November 10th!

The tour is based on professor Eero Tarasti’s new book, Sémiotique de la musique classique.
The opus will be released on the end of October and, among other issues, it covers the work of composers Jean Sibelius and Reynaldo Hahn, which are to be heard in the concerts.

The performing artists include soprano Laura Pyrrö, violinists Petrus Laitinmäki and Oskari Eirola, violist Mikko Metsälampi and pianists Eero Tarasti and Eila Tarasti.

The first concert will be held in Aix-en-Provence 10.11. (Conservatoire Darius Milhaud), second in Paris 12.11. (Centre Hongrois) and the third one in Strasbourg 15.11. (Palais Universitaire).
The concert takes place also in Helsinki as a matinee performance in the University of Helsinki’s Language Centre’s banquet hall on Thursday November 3rd.




Gigli 2016 Gala Concert in Savoy Theatre

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The Finnish Beniamino Gigli Association and the Italian Cultural Institute establish a gala concert in Savoy Theatre, Helsinki, to celebrate the 102-year-old debute of this world-renowned Italian tenor.

Soloists in the concert include sopranos Laura Pyrrö and Ludovica Gasparri, tenor Mario Leonardi, baritone Kristian Lindroos and bass Markus Suihkonen.
The artists perform opera arias and duets, mainly those of the Italian repertoire. The programme consists of music from Bellini, Donizetti, Giordano, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, among other composers.

The concert takes place on October 15th, starting at 5 pm.

Tickets in advance: Ticketmaster Suomi 0600 010 800 / asiakaspalvelu@ticketmaster.fi

Further information: www.gigli.fi




Spring production in Pori Opera is about to start!

pimponone_1The spring production in Pori Opera is about to have it’s premiere!

The three-acted opera, Pimpinone, is composed by German Georg Philipp Telemann.

The main parts are sung by soprano Laura Pyrrö and bass baritone Jouni Kokora and the performance is directed by Ville Saukkonen. Tiina Korhonen plays the cembalo and Tyra Therman has created the visual image.
This shall be Laura Pyrrö’s debut in Pori Opera.

There are all together four performances: Friday 6.5. at 7 pm, Saturday 7.5. at 1 pm and 7 pm plus Sunday 8.5. at 2 pm.

The performances take place at Pori Old Town Hall.

Further information: www.porinooppera.fi




New theme song for Tuska Festival is out!

The new radio spot theme song for Tuska Festival is out now!

Tuska Festival is specialized in heavy metal music, but in their advertising campaign they have always used a far different musical genre. This year’s style is opera, and the melody is from W. A. Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. The execution is made by a team called Pain & Agony, and the singers are soprano Laura Pyrrö and baritone Markus Nieminen.

Listen to the song from here:




Opera in Kappeli

kappeliAmbient opera evenings start in Restaurant Kappeli on the 16th of March!

Restaurant Kappeli, which oozes the glamour of past times, was opened in the Esplanadi Park in Helsinki year 1867. Since then it has been widely known as a classy rendez-vous-spot.

Charmingly wistful opera arias and songs tell stories of spring, nature and love, and can be heard in the beautiful hall six times during the spring. Arias are composed by Mascagni, Mozart, Puccini and Melartin, among others.

There are two sittings on each day of the performance: 16.3., 6.4. and 13.4. at 5 pm and 8 pm.

Further information about the performance and dinner: https://www.raflaamo.fi/fi/helsinki/kappeli




Welcome to The Navy Band’s christmas concerts!

Laivaston soittokunta 1The Finnish Defence Forces’ Navy Band gives it’s traditional christmas concerts in Tammisaari Church on Dec 9th and in St Michael’s Church, Turku on Dec 17th, both at 7 pm.

Soprano Laura Pyrrö and trumpetist Seppo Pohjoisaho perform as soloists, and the concerts are conducted by Captain Commander (Mus.) Petri Junna.

The repertoire consists of traditional christmas songs, oratorio arias and orchestral music. Feel welcome!

Further information: http://konserttikalenteri.puolustusvoimat.fi/en/navy-band




Sibelius Jubilee Concert in Athens

Mustakallio2_FotorLaura Pyrrö performs as a soloist in Sibelius jubilee year’s concert in Megaron Hall, Athens Greece, on Thursday December the 3rd.

On December 8th, the Day of Finnish Music, 150 years has passed since Jean Sibelius, the national composer of Finland, was born.

The programme in Athens includes a collection of Sibelius’s solo songs and quintet in g minor.
Other performers in the concert are pianists Eila Tarasti and Eero Tarasti and a string quartet consisting of musicians from the University of Helsinki.

Professor Eero Tarasti gives a pre-concert lecture about Sibelius and his work.

The concert starts at 8:30 pm, tickets 5,5 – 22 euros.

Further information: http://www.megaron.gr/default.asp?pid=5&la=2&evID=2914




Pimpinone is back!

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The hilarious burlesque baroque opera returns!

Soprano Laura Pyrrö ja baritone Jouni Kokora perform in the opera brilliantly directed by Ville Saukkonen and lusciously visualized by Tyra Therman.

The premiere of the one-hour performance, sung in Finnish, took place in KokoTeatteri, Helsinki in fall 2014. Soon Pimpinone can be spotted in several cities throughout Finland.

The tour starts in August from Rovaniemi, where the opera is accompanied by The Lapland Chamber Orchestra and baroque specialist Aapo Häkkinen. In October Pimpinone takes over the Theatre House in Turku, and in November the performances continue in Sellosali Espoo and Lahti.

Further information:
http://www.korundi.fi/en/Lapland-Chamber-Orchestra/Concert-calendar
http://www.oopperakammari.fi/index.php?id=126
http://www.sellosali.fi/en-US/GP_Telemannin_ooppera_Pimpinone(70358)




Sysmän Suvisoitto Festival 30 years

Tuuli2014_Laura_14-09-04_053b_isoSysmän Suvisoitto Festival, which has delighted the summers of the Päijänne Tavastia region, celebrates it’s 30th year. The festival has it’s focus on high-level classical music.

Suvisoitto takes place from June 28th to July 11th, and due to the year of celebration the programme is very vast.
Finnish music has also a few other reasons to celebrate: it has been 150 years from our national composer’s Jean Sibelius’s birth, our present master-composer Aulis Sallinen turned 80 years on April and Olavi Virta, one of the most beloved singers in Finland, was born in Sysmä 100 years ago.

Soprano Laura Pyrrö will perform in three different concerts. Saturday evening’s concert on July 4th introduces the many faces of chamber music, on Sunday the 5th Olavi Virta is reminisced with tango melodies and on Monday the 6th is the turn for Jean Sibelius to enchant the audience with his solo songs.

Other performers in the festival include the founder of Suvisoitto, conductor Ari Rasilainen, baritone Jorma Hynninen, tenor Mika Pohjonen, violinist Minna Pensola, pianisti Risto Lauriala, Jyväskylä Sinfonia Orchestra and Tessa Virta’s Tango Orchestra, among others.

Further information: www.suvisoitto.fi




Laura Pyrrö stars two Fashion Shows

mll muotinäytös 2014Laura Pyrrö stars two fashion shows in Helsinki on week 19 in May.

On Tuesday the 5th of May she performs in Kulosaari Casino in a Five O’clock Tea & Fashion Show Event.
During the show she leads the audience to the most chic, Paris-like moods with pianist Ilmari Räikkönen.
The profit of the event will be donated to The Finnish Cancer Foundation.

On Thursday 7th on May Laura performs in a charity fashion show organized by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare. The event takes place at Restaurant Bank at 6 pm. As last year, Laura will be seen as a model on the catwalk, like many other familiar faces from Finnish culture, politics and music: for example Laura Malmivaara, Ella Kanninen, Jani Toivola, Minna Tervamäki, Kim Herold, Maria Guzenina and Sami Saari.

The picture was taken at last year’s fashion event in Vanha, the old university building in Helsinki.




The Science Forum in Kamppi

imgresThe Science Forum is a biennial science festival, and year 2015 “Did you know this? Science in Kamppi” -happening takes place in The Kamppi Mall on January 7th to 8th.

Chosen main theme of this year is Chance – around this matter binds a series of lectures. Science in Kamppi -happening approaches science through well-known, everyday subjects: do you know, what a solar panel, bread, axe or a snowboard has to do with science?

On the main stage in Kamppi central circle audience can listen to top scientists’ interesting statements and also music; all related to the quotidian subjects. Soprano Laura Pyrrö is accompanied to the stage by accordionist Veli Kujala and Avanti! Chamber orchestra.

All the events are free to attend.

For further information: http://www.tieteenpaivat.fi/en/




New record “Laps’ Suomen” released now!

FCRCD-9755+CoverLaura Pyrrö’s and pianist Jouni Somero’s new CD, Laps’ Suomen, is now available from well-equipped music stores through Finland.

The recording’s repertoire consists of Finnish songs and opera arias from the 19th and 20th centuries, all sung in Finnish. The composers on this CD are Armas Järnefelt, Heino Kaski, Leevi Madetoja, Erkki Melartin, Oskar Merikanto and Fredrik Pacius.

All the songs selected to this recording are graceful in classic and timeless ways and the themes are drawn from romantic nationalism.

One first reconrding is also included: Erkki Melartin’s song “Mirjamin laulu III”. It was originally incuded in Eino Leino’s dramatized fairy play Meiram, which had it’s premiere in the early 1900’s. This song was reckoned to be lost a long time ago, until the quests bared fruit and an orchestra score was found in August.

The recording is produced by FC-Records and distributed by Naxos.
You can also order this CD directly from e-mail address laura @ laurapyrro.com

Further information: www.fcrecords.fi




Burlesque Baroque Opera about lust, abuse and credulity

Pimpinone+kuvat+141+muokattuGeorg Philipp Telemann’s flaccid baroque opera in KokoTeatteri!

Young bombshell Vespetta fantasizes about a better life and decides to acquire a high-class millionaire to sustain her. The new employer, older gentleman Pimpinone, turns out to be an excellent target. In order to get married Vespetta pretends to be a well-behaved and decent lady in a way that would make anyone else but Pimpinone suspicious about the accuracy of her stories.

The performance is outstandingly funny, extremely entertaining and musically splendid.
The opera is directed by Ville Saukkonen and visualised by Tyra Therman. Main roles are sung by soprano Laura Pyrrö and baritone Jouni Kokora.
Duration approximately an hour, performed in Finnish.

Premiere Fri 31.10., other performances Mon 3.11., Wed 5.11., Thu 6.11. and Fri 21.11., all at 7 pm.

Tickets: www.kokoteatteri.fi (Tel 050 321 9919), www.tiketti.fi (Tel 0600 116 16)
Further information: www.kokoteatteri.fi

Sales for private occasions: producer Milla Tommila (Tel 044 294 5522)

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6-BsGCesZI&feature=youtu.be




Operetta Gala on a concert tour

operettigaala_fullhd+jkylaOperetta Gala concert tour organized by Alexander Theatre starts on September 18th!

The first concert is held in the Jyväskylä Pavilion, and then the tour continues to Kuopio Music Centre and Savonlinna Hall. More concerts around Finland will follow in the spring 2015.

Concert soloists are sopranos Laura Pyrrö and Johanna Rusanen-Kartano and baritone Raimo Laukka; chamber orchestra is conducted by Janne Hovi. The program includes most beloved arias and duets from operettas composed by Franz Lehár and Emmerich Kálmán, among others. Tickets from Lippupalvelu!




Laura Pyrrö as a guest artist in Four Winds Festival

pyrro_13-01-09_017_2_isoLaura Pyrrö visits Levi as a guest artist in Neljän Tuulen Festivaali – Four Winds Festival on September 10th to 13th.

She will perform in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri on Wednesday the 10th, in Samimusic goes Classic -concert on Thursday the 11th and in the final concert, Two Masters – Mozart and Beethoven, on Saturday the 13th. In the final concert the artistic director of the festival, Ari Rasilainen, will be conducting Saimaa Sinfonietta.

Welcome to Lapland to enjoy magnificent music, arctic hill scenery and the colors of autumn!

Further information: http://www.golevi.fi/en/experiences-and-activities/four-winds-festival




Opera in Lohjan Tenoripäivät

tenoripäivätLohjan Tenoripäivät Festival has organized an impressive advertising campaign around the greater Helsinki area, and on August 16th at 7 pm one of the performances will take place in Laurentius Hall!

The ensemble of N. Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri and W. A. Mozart’s motet Exsultate, jubilate was originally produced by Ooppera Artico and has been performed in Helsinki (2012), Hyvinkää (2012) and Rovaniemi (2013).

Further information: http://www.tenoripaivat.fi/events/mozart-ja-salieri-exsultate-jubilate/




Tähdet, tähdet launches at channel MTV3!

1807753A new entertainment show starts at channel MTV3 on Sunday March 9th! In the program eight professional singers, all from different musical genres, contend for the titel of the best entertainer. Everyone invests in the show a great deal by performing music mainly unknown for themselves before, inclunding everything between hip hop and musical. The contestants are Laura Pyrrö, Jari Sillanpää, Vicky Rosti, Stig, Timo Rautiainen, Irina, Olli Herman and Diandra. A jury consisting of professionals evaluates the performances, but  only the viewers decide who gets to continue in the race. May the Star Wars begin!

Further information: http://www.mtv.fi/tahdettahdet/




Tell me the Truth about Love!

LauraPyrrö_c_LauriTuisku_editNo matter are you an enchanting mademoiselle from paris, a fateful Gypsy princess from Hungary or a rakish wench from Carelia: everyone is fascinated and tormented by the same cause – love. This ancient myth will be unwrapped with cabaret music, operetta, chansons and folk songs. Feelings vary from ecstasy to despair and writing farewell letters – with a hint of humor! Did Nanna keep on trusting love, did Vilja return to her beloved one – or is it worth it in anyway to cry just about love?

Soprano Laura Pyrrö and pianist Tiina Korhonen lead the audience to amorous feelings in Music Theatre Kapsäkki in Helsinki on Sunday February 23rd at 3 pm and in Taiteilijakoti Erkkola in Tuusula on Sunday May 25th at 6 pm and 8 pm.

The performance lasts about an hour, and songs will be heard in Finnish, English, French and German.

Further information: www.kapsakki.fi,  www,erkkola.fi




Mozart and Salieri meet in Rovaniemi

1185175_10151857719561508_946886250_nTwo ingenious composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, meet in Korundi House of Culture in Rovaniemi!

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s about a 45-minute-long opera based on Alexander Puškin’s play tells one version of Mozart’s last night: what drove him in to premature death only in the age of 35?

Soloists in the opera are soprano Laura Pyrrö (Mozart) and baritone Jouni Kokora (Salieri). Anselmi Hirvonen is responsible for the direction, and well-known Lapland Chamber Orchestra is conducted by John Storgårds.

There are two performances: on Wednesday 25th of September and Thursday 26th of September, both at 7 pm in Korundi House of Culture’s Korundi Hall.

Further information: www.korundi.fi




La Voix humaine – Story of an Abandoned Woman

19252_296181456071_5067468_nFrancis Poulenc’s touching monologue opera La Voix humaine is performed in Aino Ackté’s Chamber Music Festival in Helsinki.

The opera is based on Jean Cocteau’s play and it’s premiere took place in Paris year 1959.

This is a story of a woman whose five-year-long relationship has ended only a few days earlier: her lover has left her in order to get engaged with his new crush. The woman tries all possible ways from flattering and luring to blackmailing and threatening  to get the love of her life back. The whole opera is heard as a telephone conversation, and the audience can hear only the woman’s lines.

The opera is performed in Agricola Club on the 5th of August at 7 pm. Further information: www.ainoacktenhuvila.fi




The Magic Flute gives a start to the Tampere Opera Festival

65668_548282545215237_356661357_nThe most performed opera in the world, W. A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute, gives a start to the Tampere Opera Festival which is held for the first time on June 27th to 29th.

The magical opera from the battle of good and evil with a prince and a princess, a dragon and bird-like humans is ideal also for children!

Soloists include Laura Pyrrö, Ville Salonen, Markus Nieminen, Hannu Forsberg and Krista Kujala.

Opera will be performed on the Tampere Comedy Theater’s covered open-air stage, which fits more than 800 viewers – in the heart of Tampere.

The Magic Flute will be performed on June 28th at 7 pm and 29th at 2 pm.

The festival starts with a gala concert on June 27th at 7 pm by the performers of the festival.




Defence Forces Military Band’s tour “Song to the Moon” visits 4 cities

Defence Forces Military Band’s spring tour “Song to the Moon” visits four cities in Southern Finland. Soprano Laura Pyrrö will be singing as a soloist in the concerts, and the program includes enchantingly beautiful Song to the Moon from Antonin Dvorak’s opera Rusalka, Spanish song Hijo de la Luna made famous by Montserrat Caballe, Theo Mackeben’s dramatic Schlager Warum, Lasse Mårtenson’s majestic Storm-skär’s Maja and the all-time favorite composing for all the Finns, Finlandia by Jean Sibelius; among others. First concert takes place on April 9th in The Church of the Cross in Lahti, from where the tour continues to Kouvola, Hyvinkää and Orimattila.




Laura Pyrrö sings Chanson & Cabaret!

An enchanting trip back in time to the early 1900’s with chanson and cabaret music!

The moods vary from Berlin’s smoky taverns to the banks of Seine; all the way to the glitter and glamour of Broadway. Passionate love songs, writing farewell letters, dreaming about a new life…

Some rare excuisite compositions are heard, but also more familiar songs like Mack the Knife, Can’t help lovin’ dat man, Just of those things, Nur nicht aus Liebe weinen. The concert consists of music from composers Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and Erik Satie, among others.

Soprano Laura Pyrrö and pianist Tiina Korhonen lead the audience into an unforgattable ambiance.

Two concerts are held on Friday Oct 19th at 8 pm and Thursday Nov 1st at 7 pm

The venue is the Club Scene at the Finnish National Theatre, Helsinki, tickets 15 euros

Further information: www.lavaklubi.fi




The Voice of Aino at Lahti Sibelius Festival 9.9.

The Voice of Aino -performance opens up a new perspective to life beside a great artist and Finland’s national composer, Jean Sibelius.
About an-hour-long performance consists of Jean Sibelius’s solo songs and Aino Sibelius’s letters to her husband, including excerpts from her diaries.
Many of Sibelius’s most popular compostitions are heard, for example “Var det en dröm?”, “Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte” and “Demanten på marssnön”, but also some more rare songs are included, like “Kyssen”, “Jag är ett träd” and “Hertig Magnus”.
The part of Aino is performed by actress Tiia Louste, soprano Laura Pyrrö sings the songs and Tiina Korhonen plays the piano. The performance is directed by Kari Heiskanen.
The Voice of Aino had it’s premiere in Savonlinna Hall summer 2009, and since then it has been performed in Jyväskylä Summer city festival, Oulainen Music Weeks, The New Pavilion in Kauniainen and The Finland Institute in Stockholm, Sweden among many other occasions.
The concert starts at 11:00 am and gives a closure to the festival.
Further information: www.sinfonialahti.fi/sibelius/fi




The Magic Flute enchants at The Savonlinna Opera Festival

W. A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute has charmed it’s audience at The Savonlinna Opera Festival for several decades and returns to entertain for the honour of the 100-year-old festival! The opera was originally directed by August Everding and The Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra is conducted by Will Humburg, main roles sung by Jaakko Ryhänen, Marjukka Tepponen, Jussi Myllys, Arttu Kataja, Sirkka Lampimäki and Laura Pyrrö.

Premiere on Mon 9.7., other performances Thu 12.7., Mon 16.7., Wed 18.7., Tue 24.7. and Fri 27.7., all 7 pm.
Further information: www.operafestival.fi

Link to a youtube-videoclip from the general rehearsal published by the opera festival:




Ooppera Artico goes rococo: Ars longa, vita brevis!

As it’s second production, Ooppera Artico brings on stage Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera in one act, Mozart and Salieri, and a scenic prologue which includes W. A. Mozart’s motet Exsultate, jubilate (KV165).

Opera is based on Alexander Pushkin’s play and got it’s premiere in 1898.
In the opera Salieri greatly admires Mozart’s music. Still he curses, that God gave himself only the passion for composing but not even close Mozart’s gifts and ability to put it into practice. So he feels, that as a task given from above, he has to eliminate Mozart: not a single great man remembered decades after can get through life without committing a murder! Salieri pretends to be Mozart’s loyal companion and supporter in order to get the opportunity to poison him.

The opera will be performed in Finnish, motet in Latin.

Cast of the performance: soprano Laura Pyrrö, baritone Jouni Kokora, direction Anselmi Hirvonen.

Guest Stage in Tunturikatu, Tunturikatu 16 Helsinki

PERFORMANCES: Thu 22.3., Sat 24.3., Tue 3.4., Wed 4.4., Thu 5.4., Wed 11.4., Fri 13.4., Sat 14.4., all at 7 pm
Ticket reservations from Q-teatteri ticket office 09-45421333, collect from the door half an hour in advance.




Merikanto-tour supported by Concert Centre starts in October

Soprano Laura Pyrrö, cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Rait Karm leave for a tour around Finland with a Merikanto program.

The program of the concert consist of music of Oskar Merikanto, a beloved Finnish composer. The music numbers performed include Valse Lente, Kevätlinnuille etelässä, Kun päivä paistaa and Ma elän!, among others. Besides the musical part, Jussi and Laura tell facts and interesting stories about the composer’s childhood, studies abroad and his work as a composer, organist and a pianist – Merikanto was a true multi-talent and plaeyd many roles in the Finnish music scene.

The tour stars in the beginning of October from Nokia, and other cities visited during the semester include Tampere, Ylöjärvi, Turku and Pyhäjoki, among others.

The performance is especially suitable for young people and children attending basic school and high school, and the spoken parts will be altered according to the age of the audience.

For further information visit  www.konserttikeskus.fi




The Medium takes over Oulu Opera

Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera in two acts, a psychological thriller The Medium is on premiere on The Oulu City Theater’s main stage on September 2nd at 7 pm.

In the opera an aging medium, Madame Flora sets up spiritualistic séances together with her daughter Monica and mute, adopted helper boy Toby to bring comfort to those who have lost their loved ones. Suddenly the plot turns tricky when surrounded by dark, external world-like supernaturalness she feels strangling hands on her throat and starts hearing voices others don’t hear.

Director of the opera is Leena Salonen, Oulu Sinfonia is conduted by Jari Hämäläinen and main parts will be sung by Laura Pyrrö and Marjatta Airas. The performances go on until September 24th, further information www.teatteri.ouka.fi




Can love be saved by a telephone? Evening of two miniature operas

New Finnish opera association Ooppera Artico brings it’s first production on stage: two miniature operas, Menotti’s The Telephone and Poulenc’s La voix humaine. The joyful lightness of the beginning’s comedy turns into a crushing drama leaving a telephone the only implement to maintain a relationship, which is inevitabily drifting towards it’s end. Both of the operas will be performed in Finnish.

Cast of the performance: soprano Laura Pyrrö, baritone Jouni Kokora, direction Anselmi Hirvonen.

Guest Stage in Tunturikatu, Tunturikatu 16 Helsinki

PERFORMANCES: Thu 24.3. Tue 29.3. Wed 30.3. Fri 1.4. Sat 2.4., performances at 7 pm
Ticket reservations from Q-teatteri ticket office 09-45421333, collect from the door half an hour in advance.




Laura Pyrrö’s “Jos olet mun!” album out on October 14th 2010

Oskar Merikanto’s most beloved solo songs and more rare production with new, fresh arrangements! Soprano Laura Pyrrö, violinist Liisa Makkonen, cellist Jussi Makkonen, pianist Rait Karm. The album is produced by Nova Records and distributed by Sony BMG.

Further information: www.novaproductions.fi