The whole cast includes Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor (Parsifal), Karita Mattila, soprano (Kundry), Matti Salminen, bass (Gurnemanz), Waltteri Torikka, baritone (Amfortas), Robert Bork, bass (Klingsor), and Juha Kotilainen, bass (Titurel). Tapani Plathan who was supposed to sing the part of Klingsor has been forced to cancel due to illness and is replaced by Robert Bork.
Following a string of successful débuts at the world’s leading opera houses, Sonya Yoncheva has quickly established herself as one of the most internationally sought-after sopranos. This is Sonya Yoncheva’s first appearance in Finland, and she comes to Turku directly from the Salzburg Festival.
Lisa Batiashvili is one of the most charming violinists of our time and well remembered by Finnish audiences from her appearance at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 1995, which launched her worldwide career. The visit of the Estonian Festival Orchestra is the result of the Festival’s efforts to promote cultural exchange between Finland and Estonia.
FlightNetwork listed 34 of Europe’s Best Music Festivals in 2017. Turku Music Festival earned a spot on the list: “If you’ve been craving a visit to a spectacular Nordic country like Finland, this is an awesome time to go. What’s better than great weather, amazing culture and good music? We’ll tell you: not much.”
The Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble feature a selection of works where the composers explore cosmic connections and transcendence. The performance is accompanied by a video installation designed by American artist Joanne Grüne-Yanoff for this programme in the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art.
The traditional Music by Candlelight concert takes place 17.8. at 22:00 in candlelit Turku Cathedral. Severi Pyysalo performs his own composition for vibraphone, “Ode to Gershwin”. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the death of master composer George Gershwin