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 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.
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.
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.