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.
|Festival address||Vaasa Festival on map|
|Phone||+358 6 325 3755|
|Office||Kaupungintalo, Senaatinkatu 1, FI-65100 Vaasa|
Vaasa Choir Festival is an international major event of song and choir music. Nearly one hundred concerts take place during the five days of the Festival. Vaasa Choir Festival is a social celebration of the end of the choral season and it’s open for all choirs and vocal ensembles. Music can be heard in churches, concert halls, schools, restaurants etc.
In the main performers at the Festival consist of various national and international top choirs and vocal ensembles. World music, barbershop and more traditional choral music go hand in hand in this happy Festival. In the 2014 the main performers are: Philomela (FI), Kauppakorkeakoulun Ylioppilaskunnan Naislaulajat KYN (FI), Felix Zenger (FI), Masterpiece Quartet (US), Kammerkoor Head Ööd, Vend (EE), Irmelin (SE), Satu Sopanen & Fort Big Band & Ralf Nyqvist (FI) and Jyväskylän Naislaulajat & Vaasa City Orchestra (FI).
Join us at the Choir Festival where you’ll see, hear and experience different kinds of concert performances.
See you in Vaasa in May!
The holiday season, the glittering waters of Lake Saimaa and the unique atmosphere of a Finnish lakeside town all combine with half a millennium of history at Olavinlinna Castle to provide memorable experiences at this world-famous festival. Our perfectly romantic opera summer will feature the great classics: a new, impressive and entertaining production of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades will lead the programme, together with the return of Faust, Otello and Madama Butterfly. Our visiting company this year will be the distinguished Puccini Festival from Tuscany in Italy. These veritable Puccini specialists will bring vigorous drama to our stage with productions of Tosca and Turandot.
2018: Premiered in 2017, the specially commissioned Finnish opera Mannerheim will return with Waltteri Torikka again singing the title role as the Marshal of Finland, and other leading performers including Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Essi Luttinen and Markus Nykänen. With music by Tuomas Kantelinen, libretto by Laila Hirvisaari and Eve Hietamies, Mannerheim the Opera formed part of the celebrations for the centenary of Finnish independence last year. This new production will be directed by Tuomas Parkkinen. The festival programme will also include some other notable music events, including a centenary concert for Leonard Bernstein and an evening with Aili Ikonen.
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.