We shall continue our acclaimed opera production Mannerheim premiered in 2017, with Waltteri Torikka in the title role as the Marshall of Finland and other leading performers including Johanna Rusanen-Kartano and Essi Luttinen. With music by Tuomas Kantelinen, libretto by Laila Hirvisaari and Eve Hietamies and direction by Tuomas Parkkinen, Mannerheim the Opera formed part of the celebrations for the centenary of Finnish independence in 2017. The festival programme will also include a visiting production of Ilkka Kuusisto’s opera Aino Ackté and a varied concert series.
|Festival address||Ilkantie 16, Ilmajoki Festival on map|
|Phone||+358 6 424 2900|
|Office||Ilkantie 17, FI-60800 Ilmajoki|
This international festival focuses on vocal music, providing a broad selection of courses, competitions and concerts for all friends of vocal music, and for amateur and professional performers alike.
More than two thousand friends of vocal music from around the world will gather in Tampere for a programme of concerts, an international ensemble singing competition and a chorus review providing a marvellous experience for all music enthusiasts. High standard master classes will also impart insight into the secrets of music making.
This festival is a major international celebration of choral music. The joyous community celebration at the end of the singing season is open to all choirs. The programme will bring song and choral music to churches, concert halls, schools and restaurants.
The holiday season, the glittering waters of Lake Saimaa and the unique atmosphere of a Finnish lakeside town combine to provide memorable experiences at this world-famous festival. Our programme in 2019 will include a new production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville that fully explores the twists and turns of this fast-paced sitcom. Familiar favourites will return in the form of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. The world-famous opera house La Scala Milan will link our festival to an unbroken tradition of performance dating back to the birth of Verdi’s operas and of all of the world’s operettas, and a Vienna Volksoper production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus will even inspire the birds of Olavinlinna Castle to dance along.