A celebration of the human voice with a programme encompassing music of all kinds, irrespective of genre. The distinguished conductor Taavi Oramo was appointed Artistic Director of VocalEspoo in 2020.
|Festival address||Tapiola, Espoo Festival on map|
|Phone||+ 358 50 385 1623|
|Office||PL 205, FI-02101 Espoo|
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.
In 2021 we shall premiere Hiljaiset perivät maan (the meek shall inherit the earth), a new Finnish opera on the radical Lapua Movement of the early 1930s, composed by Jukka Linkola, with libretto and direction by Tuomas Parkkinen. Leading performers will include Ville Rusanen, Saara Kiiveri, Taneli Mäkelä, Reetta Haavisto, Essi Luttinen, Mari Palo and Jaakko Kortekangas. Hiljaiset perivät maan is a rousing love story set at a time of rough justice, when black wagons brought fear to the plains and the Lapua Movement shattered the village communities of Ostrobothnia. The festival programme will also include a wide range of concerts.
World-class opera in the medieval waterside setting of Olavinlinna Castle – Savonlinna Opera Festival never fails to provide the most memorable moments of the Finnish cultural summer. In summer 2021 we shall host a baroque opera that is a rarity for this festival, a gala concert with Karita Mattila, and the well-loved classics Carmen, La traviata and the Barber of Seville. Our visiting opera company will be the Croatian National Theatre from Rijeka, which is a European Capital of Culture.
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. Our Artistic Director for 2021 is the distinguished Irish composer Michael McGlynn.