Friday, 3 April 2020

Online Operas during Corona Lockdown

Here is a list of online opera performances I saw on Facebook, and felt this is something everybody (interested in opera) should know about!

Today also my bilingual children opera "Vickan & Väinö" was recorded for being broadcast later this spring! Sharing that with you as soon as it comes out!

But for now:

Metropolitan New York
https://www.metopera.org/
3.4 Les Pêcheurs de Perles
4.4 Macbeth
5.4 Norma
6.4 Aida
7.4 La Fanciulla del West
8.4 Falstaff
9.4 Parsifal
10.4 Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
11.4 Don Pasquale
12.4 Cosi fan tutte

Bayerische Staatsoper München
https://www.staatsoper.de/
Lucia di Lammermoor until the 8th of April
Parsifal until the 11th of April
Boris Godunov 18th of April to the 2nd of May
L’elisir d’amore 4.-18th of April
Die Frau ohne Schatten 11.-25th of April

Komische Oper Berlin
https://www.komische-oper-berlin.de/
8.4 Pelléas et Mélisande
18.4 La Bohème
1.5 Jewgeni Onegin

Deutsche Oper Berlin
https://www.deutscheoperberlin.de//de_DE/home
2.-4.4 Tristan und Isolde
4.-6.4 Fidelio
6.-8.4 Cimarosa: Die Heimliche Ehe
8.10.4 Aribert Reimann: Die Gespenstersonate
10.-12.4 Don Giovanni
12.-14.4 Don Carlos
14.-16.4 Carl Heinrich Graun: Montezuma
16..18.4 Wolfgang Rihm: Oedipus

Staatsoper Berlin
https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/de/
03.04.2020 »Hippolyte et Aricie« Jean-Philippe Rameau
04.04.2020 Staatskapelle & Barenboim spielen Brahms
05.04.2020 »Così fan tutte« Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
06.04.2020 »Tannhäuser« Richard Wagner
07.04.2020 Staatskapelle & Barenboim spielen Brahms
08.04.2020 »Tristan und Isolde« Richard Wagner
09.04.2020 Staatskapelle & Barenboim spielen Bruckner
10.04.2020 »Parsifal« Richard Wagner
11.04.2020 Barenboim & Staatskapelle spielen Beethoven
12.04.2020 Staatskapelle & Barenboim spielen Bruckner
13.04.2020 »Parsifal« Richard Wagner
14.04.2020 »Violetter Schnee« Beat Furrer
15.04.2020 »Die Verlobung im Kloster« Sergej Prokojew
16.04.2020 »Der Rosenkavalier« Richard Strauss
17.04.2020 »Der Spieler« Sergej Prokofjew
18.04.2020 Barenboim spielt Beethoven-Klaviersonaten
19.04.2020 »Manon« Jules Massenet

Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
https://www.roh.org.uk/
Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST
Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST
The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST
Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – 24 April 2020, 7pm BST
The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014 – 1 May 2020, 7pm BST

The Salzburg Easter Festival
https://www.osterfestspiele-salzburg.at/videos-1833.html
Die Walküre, 2017, Available: 4 April, 12:00 to 6 April, 12:00
Otello, 2016, Available: 6 April, 12:00 to 8 April, 12:00
Cavalleria rusticana, 2015, Available: 8 April, 12:00 to 10 April, 12:00
Pagliacci, 2015, Available: 10 April, 12:00 to 12 April, 12:00
Arabella, 2014, Available: 12 April, 12:00 to 14 April, 12:00
Parsifal, 2013, Available: 14 April, 12:00 to 16 April, 12:00

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Guest Lecture at the University of Helsinki

There is a first for everything - yesterday was a first for giving a guest lecture at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki! Pics or it didn't happen!




Photos by Hannah Kaihovirta



I talked about my educational repertoire - my three children operas Dumma Kungen, Djurens planet and Vickan & Väinö and about the challenges that have to be taken into account when composing educational material. I also talked about what my work as a composer is like and played a recording of my orchestral piece Tundo!. All the students were very focused the whole 90 minute lecture and asked enlightening questions. Big thank you the University of Helsinki for this opportunity and for inviting me!
Photo by Hannah Kaihovirta


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

USA Tour coming up!

Last year 2019 was not an easy year - mildly said. But I have high hopes on that 2020 will be different and have some exciting news:

I'm super excited about visiting USA for three and a half weeks, most of February! Going to Los Angeles, Colorado and New York! Extremely excited (and slightly terrified at the same time)!! 😁 Going to LA for visiting my favourite American Lucy McKnight , to Colorado Springs for hearing the US premiere of my piece "Tundo!" by Colorado Springs Philharmonic conducted by the amazing Christian Reif and to New York because it's anyway on the way home... 😉
Friends in LA, Colorado and NYC, let's meet up! 😍


And this pic is a throwback pic from 2017 when I was at Playa El Saler in Valencia, Spain - the closest pic to what I imagine LA will look like in February... 😏



Saturday, 7 December 2019

Tundo! - Finnish Premiere by Kuopio Symphony


Kuopio Symphony giving Tundo! its Finnish premiere. Photo by Katariina Kummala


What an incredible week comes to an end! This week my piece "Tundo!" got its Finnish premiere December 5th and I made me debut with Kuopion kaupunginorkesteri conducted by the marvellous Jaakko Kuusisto! It was also the first time I visited Kuopio, which immediately became one of my favourite cities in Finland. Great concert hall, great and also friendly orchestra, wonderful atmosphere both at work and in town. I got to live on an address named after one of my idols, Minna Canth street, and after I got home my piece as well as the concert got a great review (of which you only can see a small part in the pic) in Savon Sanomat by Jussi Mattila. This was my last concert in Finland this season, quite an ending indeed!

Conductor Jaakko Kuusisto, me, accordionist Niko Kumpuvaara and
composer & percussionist Arttu Takalo after a successful concert!
Photo by Katariina Kummala


Great review (in Finnish) in Savon Sanomat by Jussi Mattila


Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Tarja Halonen recommends

Next Sunday 1st of December there will be a panel discussion at 2PM about equality in music with Wilhelm KvistEriikka Maalismaa, Kaarina Hazard, Juha Ahonen and yours truly moderated by Robin Lindeberg. And at 3PM TampereRaw will play a wonderful concert at Camerata at Musiikkitalo with the same topic, including my first piano quintet "Minna - Pictures from the life of Minna Canth". Oh yeah and our former president Tarja Halonen (in the picture) recommends this concert, so I guess you should come and listen! 😏


Maria Itkonen, former president Tarja Halonen and me. Photo by Anna Angervo

Monday, 11 November 2019

New York debut!

It's Monday and a new exciting week is here; including two performances of my opera Djurens planet, in Oulu and Viitasaari and my first piece ever played in the USA! My friend Matti Pulkki will give my solo accordion piece "Shapes" it's US premiere on Tuesday at 7:30 PM at ASF + Scandinavia House! He is also going to give a lecture about writing for accordion (also including talking about "Shapes") at the Manhattan School of Music on Thursday! Friends in New York, hope you can go! I would if I could!


Friday, 8 November 2019

World premiere of "Requiem for our Earth" by Lyran

WHAT AN EVENING!
Yesterday my 30 minute piece "Requiem for our Earth" got its world premiere by Akademiska Damkören Lyran conducted by Jutta Seppinen, and what a world premiere it was! I had been stressed about this piece for ages because I definitely had gone way beyond my comfort zone: electronics, lights, moving choir, a new video projection by Marek Waldemar Pluciennik - so many things that potentially could go wrong - and everything went simply PERFECTLY! So happy and grateful to have the privilege to compose such a large scale work and get it performed by amazing performers to a sold out venue! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!

And getting so wonderful reviews by both HS – Helsingin Sanomat and Hbl - Hufvudstadsbladet makes me feel even more flabbergasted! "The highlight of the metropolitan area's concert season" Susanna Välimäki wrote and Wilhelm Kvist's heartwarming words "My instant impression is that the piece is the most important thing I have seen in a long time"!
THANK YOU!🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩