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Sneak preview of the Turku Music Festival brings top names in Baroque opera to Finland: Franco Fagioli, Luca Pisaroni and Jakub Jósef Orlińskin, and the 26-year-old mezzosoprano Samantha Hankey.

The Turku Music Festival, the oldest consecutively running festival in Finland, will be held for the 60th time next summer, from 8 to 22 Aug 2019. To celebrate this anniversary, the Festival will be giving a sneak preview by bringing to Finland a star-studded Baroque opera cast and the Venetian Baroque orchestra Il pomo d’oro sponsored by novelist Donna Leon. They will perform a concert version of Handel’s opera Agrippina at Turku Concert Hall on Sunday 2 June 2019 at 19.00.

Friends of Baroque opera are in for a treat as the Turku Music Festival presents an international-calibre production of Handel’s Agrippina. The Venetian Baroque orchestra Il pomo d’oro, returning to the Festival for their third visit, will perform a concert version of Handel’s opera Agrippina with top international soloists as part of a grand tour that will take the ensemble to the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Théatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Barbican in London.

The cast includes Franco Fagioli, one of the most acclaimed countertenors of our time; bass baritone Luca Pisaroni; countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński; soprano Kathryn Lewek; countertenor Xavier Sabata; bass Andrea Mastroni; and baritone Biagio Pizzuti. The title role is taken by American mezzo Samantha Hankey, who is only 26 years old but is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most interesting singers of her generation. Having won the Glyndebourne Opera Cup in 2018 and received 2nd prize in the Plácido Domingo Operalia competition in 2018, she made her Metropolitan Opera début in multiple productions in the 2018–2019 season (Mefistofele, Adriana Lecouvreur, Carmen, Rheingold, Götterdämmerung and Rigoletto). She also made guest appearances at the Zurich Opera and the Bavarian State Opera.

“Our Festival has a quality-conscious expert audience, and we like to give them unique experiences. We are happy to be able to bring this excellent international production to Finland. The cast is particularly brilliant. We have a special relationship with Il Pomo d’Oro, the Baroque orchestra sponsored by novelist Donna Leon, and young conductor Maxim Emelyanychev has great promise,” says Liisa Ketomäki, Executive Director of the Turku Music Festival.


Händel: Agrippina (concert version) Turku Concert Hall, Sun 2 Jun 2019 at 19.00

Samantha Hankey – Agrippina
Luca Pisaroni – Claudio
Franco Fagioli – Nerone
Kathryn Lewek – Poppea
Xavier Sabata – Ottone
Andrea Mastroni – Pallante
Jakub Jósef Orliński – Narciso
Biagio Pizzuti – Lesbo

Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev – harpsichord and conductor


The opera is performed in Italian, with surtitles in Finnish and Swedish.
Tickets for Agrippina go on sale at Lippupiste on 9 Nov at 12.00.


The Turku Music Festival will be held from 8 to 22 August 2019. The programme for this 60th festival is the first to be planned by the Festival’s new artistic director, conductor Klaus Mäkelä. The full programme will be published on 25 Feb 2019.


Further information and interview requests
Further information is available from Executive Director Liisa Ketomäki,, tel. 040 740 6200

Salome’s concert version in May 2019

Due to its daring subject and tone language, Richard Strauss’ Salome had a strong reception by the time it was released. The work is strong, dramatic and passionate. The most well-known scene of the opera is “Dance of the Seven Veils”, in which Salome is dancing for Herodes. As a service in return Salome wants Jochanaan’s head, for which she’s madly and fiercely in love. The opera culminates in the scene where Herodes has had Jochanaan executed and the head is brought to Salome.

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra will perform opera’s concert version on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th on May in 2019 at 7pm at The Concert Hall. The ticket sale will start on Monday 24th of September 2018. For the first time, the role of Salome is played by soprano Anu Komsi. In the other main roles we will see Finnish top singers, such as Tommi Hakala in the role of Jochanaan.

“I debuted my previous big Strauss-role, role as Zerbinetta, also in Turku, at Turku Music Festival with conductor Leif Segerstam in 1994. Now I’m so excited that I will finally get on stage as Salome, with one of the best Richard Strauss -conductors, Leif Segerstam” tells Anu Komsi.

”Welcome – this is a candy opera! Everyone likes this. Strauss was very good at describing women’s psychology and subconscious in his music”, tells Leif Segerstam and continues: ”Salome was my first opera in Savonlinna in 1970 – it was a pleasant task and the audience liked the interpretation of a young star. I have performed Salome in The Vienna State Opera, Zürich, Cologne, Salzburg Festival and The Royal Swedish Opera. In addition, 2019 is a Strauss year – it marks the 70th anniversary of the composer´s death.

Leif Segerstam is one of the most versatile composers in Scandinavia – a conductor, a composer, a violinist and a pianist. World-famous Leif Segerstam is officiated as a conductor and a chief conductor in numerous well-known opera houses and symphony orchestras, such as in The Royal Swedish Opera, The Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Vienna State Opera and Austria’s and Denmark’s Radio Symphony Orchestras. He has made the executive visits for The Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and La Scala amongst others. Segerstam’s outstanding list of compositions includes, for instance, 310 symphonies. His impressive and splendid career has received recognition with numerous awards. In 2014 the President of the Republic of Finland granted Segerstam a title of a professor.

Anu Komsi is one of Finland’s most international colorature sopranos, who has carved a name in world’s biggest opera houses and significant concert stages. During her opera career Komsi has sung on Europe’s and America’s well-known opera stages and festivals, such as La Scala in Milan, The Opéra Bastille in Paris and Salzburg Festival. In addition, Komsi is an artistic director of Kokkola Opera. For Komsi, this is the first role as Salome.

Salome in Turku Concert Hall, Thu 16th and Fri 17thof May 2019 at 7pm. Leif Segerstam, conductor, Anu Komsi, Salome, Tommi Hakala, Jochanaan, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Turku Music Festival one of the Best Music Festivals in Europe

Canada’s largest online travel website, Flight Network, listed 29 of the best European music festivals for 2018. Turku Music Festival was among the 29 for the second year in a row.

“A highly-regarded festival featuring top-notch artists such as Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča, Sonya Yoncheva, Kristine Opolais, Valery Gergiev and Rolando Villazón, Finland’s Turku Music Festival is a versatile city-wide event that offers festival-goers everything from large orchestral concerts and chamber music, to recitals and jazz shows.

Between concerts, attendees can soak in the beauty of Turku by dining in one of many restaurants along the Aura River, wandering through the medieval fortress of Turku Castle, or exploring the Turku Cathedral, which houses a royal tomb and history museum. As the oldest continuously running music festival in Finland, Turku Music Festival is a favorite among those with a refined taste in music.”

Päivi Lipponen’s Book Lecture at Turku Music Festival

WSOY, celebrating its 140th anniversary, is publishing Päivi Lipponen’s first novel Ihmisyyden vuoksi (“For humanity”) in August. This historical novel is situated in the early years of Finland’s independence, 1918. 16.8. 17:00 Turku Music Festival in co-operation with Turku City Library organizes a public lecture where Päivi Lipponen tells us more about her brand new novel. The lecture takes place in the library’s Studio.

Päivi Lipponen, Ph.D., has published a total of seven fiction books so far. She works as a journalist and a teacher of history and social studies in adult education. She also leads the Päivi and Paavo Lipponen fund. Lipponen has made a 20-year career in municipal and national politics, and in 2007-2015 he served as MP.

A wide range of literary events at Turku Music Festival!

The author of the famous Brunetti novels, Donna Leon, discusses literature and writing with the audience at Arken on Tuesday 14 August at 17.00. Admission is free, and the discussion is in English.

Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is a legendary French journalist, author and cultural personality who is known in France by his initials, PPDA. On his first visit to Finland, he and pianist Eliane Reyes give a recital titled ‘Valses poétiques’, featuring French poetry on the theme of love and waltzes by Chopin at Turku Castle on Monday 20 August at 19.00 and Tuesday 21 August at 19.00.

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This summer’s festival features international stars and young Finnish talent

The Turku Music Festival, the oldest continuously held annual music festival in Finland, is being held for the 59th time this summer, from 10 to 22 August. This is the last summer of our current artistic director, conductor Ville Matvejeff, who is leaving us to take up the post of artistic director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival. The Turku Music Festival features 30 concerts and events, with a star-studded guest list of international top names and young Finnish talent. Events will be held not only at traditional venues but also in private homes and in the Old Academy Building, 200 years old and recently reopened after an extensive renovation.

Dazzling soprano Kristine Opolais, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu open the festival

Once again, the Turku Music Festival brings in one of the world’s most sought-after opera singers, Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais. She appears at the opening concert of the festival with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Hannu Lintu on Friday 10 August 2018.

“It will be a fantastic night with arias from some of my favourite opera roles, such as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele. I have also included arias from roles that I will be performing over the next few seasons: Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and Elisabetta in his Don Carlos, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot and Catalani’s La Wally. All these operas feature exceptional women with a wide range of emotions, and lovely music, of course. It will be a unique night,” says Opolais.

Opolais is a frequent guest for instance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she appeared in the title role of Dvořák’s Rusalka last season. In the coming season, she will appear there in Puccini’s Il trittico in a cast that includes Plácido Domingo.


Two Nordic concerts for jazz lovers

Pianist Iiro Rantala brought in a full house to the Ruissalo Shipyard in summer 2017. This summer, he returns to the scene with Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius on Tuesday 14 August at 20.00. The concert is titled ‘Good Stuff’, which is also the title of the duo’s new album.

The Max De Aloe Baltic Trio, with Max De Aloe on chromatic harmonica and effects, Niklas Winter on guitar and Jesper Bodilsen on bass, will perform at the traditional Candlelight concert in Turku Cathedral on the Night of the Arts, Thursday 16 August at 22.00.


Gems of classical ballet at the Ballet Gala performed by members of the Finnish National Ballet

One of the summer’s most significant projects is the Ballet Gala, jointly organised by members of the Finnish National Ballet and the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland, at the Concert Hall on Sunday 19 August at 18.00. Its first half features Secret Charm by dancer Jonna Aaltonen. The second half is dedicated to classical ballet, the performers including Alina Nanu, Stefania Cardaci, Linda Haakana, Atte Kilpinen, Michal Krčmář, Florian Modan, Ville Mäki, Johan Pakkanen, Jevgenia Pleskova, Charlotte Schauman-Mäki and Jonathan Rodrigues.

“The idea for this Gala came from the desire to plan everything together with the dancers from the ground up, giving room for their ideas. The programme now includes the world premieres of choreographies created by Emrecan Tanis, a member of the FNB who is also an internationally successful choreographer, and by star dancer Michal Krčmář. The scarlet thread of the programme was laid out by the dancers. We organised an open call for works with the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland, and Jonna Aaltonen’s Secret Charm was selected because it fit the programme best,” explains Liisa Ketomäki, Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.


Home concerts at Vähätori, on Vartiovuori, in Ruissalo and at the studio home of Johanna Oras

“Our home concerts have been very popular every year. People enjoy listening to music in an intimate setting and meeting the performers at close quarters. We are very happy that we have been able to add new homes to the programme again this year,” says Liisa Ketomäki, Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

This summer, home concerts are given at Vähätori, on Vartiovuori, in Ruissalo and at Koski.

Frugård, Ruissalo, Sunday 12 August at 13.00 and 16.00: The hosts, Katia Al-Kaisi and Petteri Terho, begin with a talk on the history of the villa, built in the mid-19th century. The musical programme includes Finnish evergreens and classic solo songs performed by vocalist Anna Inginmaa and guitarist Juha Savela (who among other things is a member of the Waltteri Torikka Trio).

Home of Irma and Benito Casagrande on Vähätori, Saturday 11 August at 17.00: Italian evergreens, specifically Neapolitan songs and tunes, performed by the Napuletanate ensemble: Flavia di Nola, mezzosoprano; Laura Havu, piano; Lauri Manninen, guitar and mandolin.

Pyhän Hengen kappeli [Chapel of the Holy Spirit] also on Vähätori, downstairs at Casagrande house, Saturday 11 August at 13.00 and 15.00: Soprano Anneliina Koskinen and contralto Anna Edgren perform love songs from the 14th century under the title Omnia Vincit Amor, the motto that is also found on the wall of Casagrande House.

Author Volter Kilpi wrote his magnum opus Alastalon salissa [In the parlour at Alastalo] mainly at his home on Vartiovuori hill. The current owners of the apartment host a concert dedicated to the author on Friday 17 August at 15.00: Violinist Laura Kokko, who has studied the correspondence between Kilpi and his wife, performs with mezzosoprano Essi Luttinen and pianist Petri Haapasalo. The same programme will also be given at Turku Art Museum on 18 August at 15.00.

By popular demand, the concerts at the studio home of artist Johanna Oras at Koski that attracted huge crowds in summer 2017 are repeated this year. There are three concerts on Sunday 19 August, at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00: Soprano Marjukka Tepponen, baritone Kevin Greenlaw and pianist Salla Karakorpi perform. Tepponen and Greenlaw appeared in the Turku Music Festival’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2013. Tepponen has enjoyed international success in recent years and was well received as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte earlier in this season.


Roope Salminen & Kolina at the Ruissalo Shipyard on two nights

Kolina is the most award-winning and most popular improvisation company in Finland. They perform a full-length show completely based on musical improvisation at the Ruissalo Shipyard on two nights, Wednesday 15 August at 19.00 and Thursday 16 August, the Night of the Arts, at 19.00. “The audience will decide what the songs and poems in the performance will be about, who will perform them and in what style. We are ready to do any genre, from hymns to gangsta rap,” promises Roope Salminen. The performers are actor and singer Roope Salminen, actor and singer Antto Hinkkanen and musicians Mikko Gee Saarinen (percussion) and Olli Äkräs (synthesiser).


Portrait of Szymanowski by soprano Olga Heikkilä, violinist Kreeta-Juulia Heikkilä and pianist Suzana Bartal at Sigyn Hall on Monday 13 August at 18.00

The programme is a musical portrait of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, with performances of Myths for violin and piano and Love songs of Hafiz for soprano and piano. In the second half, Bartal performs Szymanowski’s Three Mazurkas for piano and Debussy’s Préludes Book 2 to mark the centenary of Debussy’s death.


Baroque opera at the Old Academy Building, world-famous detective novelist Donna Leon meets the audience at Arken

Il Pomo d’Oro is a Baroque ensemble from Venice that has appeared regularly at such venues as the Théâtre Royal at Versailles, Wigmore Hall in London, the Theater an der Wien and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Before coming to Turku, they will have appeared at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

The Old Academy Building, 200 years old and recently renovated, hosts a concert of the finest opera prologues of the 17th century by Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Cassini, Cesti and others, as selected by conductor Erico Onofri and soprano Francesca Aspromonte, Wednesday 15 August at 18.00.

Venice is also the setting for the famous Brunetti novels by detective novelist Donna Leon. She is a great lover of Baroque opera and supports the Il Pomo d’Oro ensemble, sometimes touring with them. Leon is familiar with Turku, having visited the Turku Music Festival in 2013 and the Turku Book Fair. On this her third visit, Donna Leon discusses literature and writing with the audience at Arken on Tuesday 14 August at 17.00. Admission is free, and the discussion is in English.


Wellbeing from music and singalong

Actress Kati Urho, soprano Kaisa Takkula and pianist Anni Collan give a performance entitled ‘Aatos and Klaara’s singalong and opera show’ at the Cathedral Parish Assembly Hall on Friday 17 August at 18.00. In spring 2018, the performers tour service housing facilities in the Turku region, performing a programme known as ‘The Reverend’s Summer Hymn Special’. Further information from producer Liisa Mattila:


“Why Paris when we have Turku?” French guests in Turku

The festival culminates in two concerts featuring French artists.

Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is a legendary French journalist, author and cultural personality who is known in France by his initials, PPDA. On his first visit to Finland, he and pianist Eliane Reyes give a recital titled ‘Valses poétiques’, featuring French poetry on the theme of love and waltzes by Chopin. Valses Poétiques by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, reciter, and Eliane Reyes, piano, at Turku Castle on Monday 20 August at 19.00 and Tuesday 21 August at 19.00. Eliane Reyes is an accomplished pianist who performs both as a soloist and as a chamber musician (for instance with pianist Marta Argerich).


Music for two pianos at the concluding concert at Sigyn Hall on Wednesday 22 August at 19.00. Piano virtuosos Hélène Mercier and Louis Lortie have performed together since they were students and enjoy a seamless artistic consensus. The programme consists of French and Russian musical gems, including less-known works. Mercier was born in Montreal and has lived in Paris for years. She has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician with Kurt Masur, Vladimir Spivakov, Ivry Gitlits, Brigitte Engerer and others. Louis Lortie, also from Montreal, appears at Wigmore Hall and with orchestras in Dallas, Detroit and Shanghai in this season. Mercier and Lortie regularly perform and record together.


Hours of Bliss at the Cathedral

Hours of Bliss – recitals of about 45 min – will again be held at Turku Cathedral.

On Monday 13 August at 13.00, soprano Olga Heikkilä and cellist Tuomas Ylinen perform music by John Tavener, Eric Tanguy and George Crumb. On Tuesday 14 August at 13.00, violinist Laura Kokko performs music by Saariaho, Talvitie and von Biber and improvises.


Concert series at the Art Museum

Students from Turku Music Festival masterclasses perform at lunchtime concerts at Turku Art Museum from Tuesday 14 August to Saturday 18 August. These popular concerts will feature students from the masterclasses of pianists Antti Siirala and Niklas Pokki. A ticket to the museum includes entry to the concert.


Concerts at the Cathedral

The summer music series at the Cathedral features cellist Jukka Perksalo on Wednesday 15 August at 14.00 and organist Arttu Selonen on Wednesday 22 August at 14.00. The evening music series at the Cathedral features organist Keith John on Tuesday 14 August at 20.00 and organist Stefan Kagl on Tuesday 21 August at 20.00. Admission is free.


Ticket sales

Tickets for all events at the Turku Music Festival go on sale nationwide on Wednesday 21 February at 13.00. Tickets to the Turku Music Festival are sold by Lippupiste.

Further information and requests for interviews: Managing Director Liisa Ketomäki, tel. +358 40 740 6200, e-mail


Klaus Mäkelä is the new artistic director of the Turku Music Festival

The Board of Directors of the Turku Music Festival Foundation has unanimously chosen conductor Klaus Mäkelä to be the new artistic director of the Turku Music Festival. He will be invited to plan the programme for the festival’s 60th anniversary in 2019. The current artistic director of the festival, Ville Matvejeff, is leaving after this summer to take up the post of artistic director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

“I am happy to have this opportunity to be the artistic director of the Turku Music Festival. When I was asked whether I would be interested, it immediately seemed like a good fit at this point in my career. It is my first artistic director’s post, and I have a strong personal connection to Turku. The Turku Music Festival has a robust tradition, and next year’s 60th anniversary will be a very special occasion,” says Klaus Mäkelä. “As a conductor, I work in various places in Finland and abroad. Artistic planning is about germinating ideas and meeting performers. I can do that anywhere, and the ways in which things are done are different in every place. I will be in Turku during the festival in August and will visit a few times a year as needed, but I will be supported by the managing director and the festival office, and I believe our collaboration will be fruitful.”

”I have been following Klaus’ career for some time now and I am very impressed by what he has already achieved. He is one of the most talented and most interesting young artists I know and he’s known to be efficient and productive. When the thought of working together came to my mind, it all fell into place very naturally. The timing was simply perfect for both parties. It feels great and inspiring to have the chance to build the Turku Music Festival into an even more interesting festival with an even higher level. I could not be happer and Klaus has the chance to bring out his artistic ideas through the more than 30 annual concerts we have in the framework of the festival. We’ll immediately have the chance to start working on the solid foundation we’ve built with the former artistic directors”, says the festival’s Managing Director Liisa Ketomäki.

“Klaus Mäkelä is one of Finland’s most interesting young conductors today. He is also an excellent cellist, as we know from the Turku Cello Competition in 2014. This will be his first opportunity to show what he can do as the artistic director of an international festival where concerts range from solo recitals to concert performances of operas”, says Maija Palonheimo, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

Turku Music Festival artistic director designate, conductor and cellist Klaus Mäkelä (b. 1996) has made a substantial impact on the Finnish music scene in a short period of time.  The 2017/18 season will see him make significant debuts across Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada and Japan. From the 2018/19 season, Mäkelä will be Principal Guest Conductor with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Artist in Association with Tapiola Sinfonietta.

This season Mäkelä debuts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He will also return to Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Oulu Symphony Orchestra.

Also working in opera, Mäkelä will make his debut in December 2017 with performances of The Magic Flute with the Finnish National Opera. Mäkelä has already conducted many Finnish orchestras and now appears regularly with Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere and Turku Philharmonics, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.

At the Sibelius Academy, he studied conducting with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen and Hannu Kiiski. As soloist, he has performed with Finnish orchestras such as the Lahti Symphony, Kuopio Symphony and Jyväskylä Sinfonia as well as appearing at many Finnish festivals including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Naantali Music Festival, and Chamber Music Summer Festival in Helsinki.

Klaus Mäkelä plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1698, kindly made available to him by the OP Art Foundation.

Further information and requests for interviews: Managing Director Liisa Ketomäki, tel. +358 40 740 6200, e-mail


One of world’s leading sopranos Kristīne Opolais performs at the Turku Music Festival 2018!

Turku Music Festival presents once again a leading soprano acknowledged all over the world. The Latvian soprano Kristīne Opolais performs at the Opening Concert Friday 10th of August at 7 PM with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu. The evening consists of arias dear to Opolais and great classics combined with Finnish contemporary music.

“I am very excited to return to Finland next summer for my debut in the opening concert of the Turku Music Festival, with Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony! It will be a fantastic evening, filled with arias from signature roles that are very close to my heart – Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Margherita from Boito’s Mefistofele. I’m also looking forward to singing arias from incredible roles I plan to add in future seasons, including Verdi’s Desdemona in Otello and Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, and Catalani’s La Wally. All are extraordinary women with complex emotions and beautiful music. I hope you can join us for this very special night of music!”, says Kristine Opolais.

“I’m thrilled the Turku Music Festival is yet again welcoming one of the world’s most luminous stars of the opera scene to Finland.  Kristīne Opolais is most definitely a singer to be familiarised with and RSO is privileged to visit Turku with a firework of orchestral music and greatest arias from opera literature”, states conductor Hannu Lintu

”We are very happy we could make this long-awaited visit work in both Opolais’, the orchestra’s and Hannu Lintu’s schedules. Finnish audiences surely remember Opolais from the leading role in Rusalka at the Met Opera.” ManagingDirector Liisa Ketomäki, Turku Music Festival

Ticket sales begin on Tuesday 12th of December at 9AM from (points of sale in all of Finland). The entire programme for the summer 2018 is published on 21st of February 2018.

Kristīne Opolais is one of today’s greatest sopranos and performs regularly in the world’s leading opera houses. Before her concert in Turku, she sings the role of Madama Butterfly at the Vienna State Opera and debuts in the role of Elsa (Lohengrin) at the Covent Garden. Last season’s highlights include the title role of Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera. She works regularly with leading conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Harding.

More information and interview requests:

Managing Director Liisa Ketomäki, +358 40 740 6200,


Tampere Piano Competition winner Ossi Tanner visiting Turku

Press release 8.11.2017


Turku Music Festival is producing the Opening Concert of the Music in the Cathedral festival once again. This year the young talented pianist Ossi Tanner will perform on Monday 5th of February in Turku Cathedral.

The annual Turku Music Festival is arranged for the 59th time from 10th to 22nd of August 2018 and the programme is filled with piano music. The Opening Concert of the Music in the Cathedral festival, produced by Turku Music Festival, is no exception. Monday 5th of February 2018 7:00 PM a young piano virtuoso and the Tampere Piano Competition winner Ossi Tanner performs Bach, Debussy, Sibelius and Rachmaninoff in the Turku Cathedral.

20-year-old Ossi Tanner has won both Tampere Piano Competition 2017 and Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition 2015. He has performed as a soloist for instance with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oulu Symphony Orchestra. Tanner was chosen as an artist-in-residence for the Lahti Symphonic Orchestra’s season 2017/2018. This concert is a follow-up for the piano virtuoso series. Last summer we heard Anton Meijas who came in second for the Tampere Piano Competition.

Ticket sales for the concert begin on Tuesday 14th of November 9:00 AM. Tickets may be bought at points of sale, online or by phone.

Ossi Tanner is studying under Professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna at Sibelius Academy. Academic year 2017/2018 Tanner is studying at the Paris Conservatory with Professor Michel Dalberto. He has been taught e.g. by Junio Kimanen, Konstantin Bogino, Paavali Jumppanen, Tuula Pulkki and Sirpa Heikkilä. Year 2013 Tanner was chosen for the Youth Piano Academy Finland. He has been supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Pro Musica Foundation and Martin Wegelius Foundation. Pro Musica Foundation chose him as the Young Artist of the Year 2015.

Ticket sales

N.B. From now on tickets for the Turku Music Festival will be available from Ticket sales for “The Music in the Cathedral: Ossi Tanner, piano” concert begin on Tuesday 14th of November 9:00 AM at points of sale or from or by phone. Ticket sales services and purchasing information: +358 600 900 900 (€1.98/min + standard network rate) Monday-Saturday 9-21, Sunday 10-18. Tickets can also be purchased from Turku Concert Hall Sale Service (Aninkaistenkatu 9) or by email ( or by phone (+358 2262 0333). Turku Concert Hall Sale Service is open Monday-Friday 12-16. We also take reservations at the Turku Music Festival office: 02 262 0812,

Interviews and additional details

Executive Director Liisa Ketomäki: +358 40 740 6200,

Karita Mattila, Matti Salminen, Klaus Florian Vogt and Waltteri Torikka to star in Parsifal at the Turku Music Festival in August 2017

The 58th Turku Music Festival will be held from 9 to 18 August 2017. The high point of next summer’s festival will be two concert performances of the opera Parsifal by Richard Wagner.

Conductor Ville Matvejeff, artistic director of the Turku Music Festival, describes the project: “The high point of the year will be the lightly edited concert performance given by the Turku Music Festival of the opera Parsifal by Richard Wagner. This three-act opera, slightly condensed for this production, is a drama of the relationships between six characters. Our performances will include a dazzling début, as Finland’s most brilliant operastar Karita Mattila will be making her first appearance in the role of Kundry. The cast will also include some of the brightest stars in the Wagner firmament, such as Klaus Florian Vogt, a frequent soloist at Bayreuth and currently at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and iconic bass singer Matti Salminen. The production will also feature début performances by Waltteri Torikka, Tapani Plathan and Juha Kotilainen. Richard Wagner was and arguably still is one of the greatest reformers in the history of opera, and the theme of early Christianity that forms the foundation of Parsifal makes it an excellent fit for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.”

Karita Mattila says: “Ville’s invitation to perform Kundry for the first time in Turku suited my timetable very well, and I had been thinking of doing this role for some time. It i s a great role for a dramatic soprano. And with the cast that Ville had managed to assemble, it was easy to say yes. I have fond memories of performing in Turku and am pleased to return.”

Parsifal will be performed at Turku Concert Hall on Thu 10 Aug at 18.00 and Sat 12 Aug at 14.00. Artistic team:
Parsifal: Klaus Florian Vogt Kundry: Karita Mattila Gurnemanz: Matti Salminen Amfortas: Waltteri Torikka Klingsor: Tapani Plathan Titurel: Juha Kotilainen Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis Turku Philharmonic Orchestra Ville Matvejeff, conductor
The concerts will be produced jointly with the City of Turku and the Turku and Kaarina Parish Union under the Reformation Anniversary Year 2017 project. The full programme of the festival will be published in February 2017.


Tickets to the Parsifal performances will go on sale on 17th of October 2016 at Ticketmaster Finland
(Lippupalvelu) points of sale around the country and at the Ars Musica cultural shop at Turku Concert Hall.

Group bookings: Turku Music Festival office, / 040 740 6200

Further information and interview requests

Executive Director Liisa Ketomäki, tel. +358 40 740 6200, e-mail

The next collaboration between the Turku Music Festival and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra,
which has already been announced, is the world premiere of the opera Die Kalewainen in Pochjola BY Karl Müller-Berghaus at Logomo on 28 February 2017. This production forms part of the official programme for celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence. The cast of the opera has changed due to scheduling conflicts: Swedish soprano Susanna Andersson will be replaced in the role of Ismo by one of Finland’s leading sopranos, Kaisa Ranta.
The other soloists are Johanna Rusanen-Kartano (Louchi), Christian Juslin (Achti Lemminkäinen), Petri Lindroos (Väinämöinen), Tommi Hakala (Ilmarinen) and Anna Danik (Luonnotar). The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Leif Segerstam (performances 28 Feb to 9 Mar) and
Ruut K iiski (performance 11 Mar). The production will be directed by Tiina Puumalainen, with sets by Teppo Järvinen. Further information:

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