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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Helsinki, Finland

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HelsinkiJaakko Kuusisto: Ice

Kuusisto: Ice
Jaakko Kuusisto; Anna Kelo; Finnish National Opera; Kati Lukka; Marja Uusitalo; Ville Rusanen; Aarne Pelkonen

HelsinkiThe Lover

Mahler, Sibelius, Xenakis, Beethoven
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki; Xavi Castelló Aràndiga; Tero Saarinen; Tero Saarinen Company

HelsinkiHPO & Dalia Stasevska

Vaughan Williams, Tiensuu, Sibelius
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Dalia Stasevska; Kari Kriikku

HelsinkiJekyll & HydeWorld premiere

Various: Jekyll & Hyde
Val Caniparoli; Finnish National Ballet; Garrett Keast; David Israel Reynoso; Jim French

HelsinkiHPO & Esa-Pekka Salonen

Dun, Ravel
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Colin Currie

HelsinkiThe Merry Widow

Lehár: Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
Kurt Kopecky; Jussi Tapola; Finnish National Opera; Anna Kontek; Jyrki Korhonen; Jouni Kokora
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Salonen's Helsinki Rheingold celebrates Finnish vocal talent

Jukka Rasilainen (Alberich) © Ralph Larmann
For any opera house, the production of a new Wagner Ring cycle is a huge undertaking and becomes a mission statement. For Finnish National Opera, its mission is to stage an all-Finnish Ring.
*****
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Waterworld: firm musical foundations in Pelléas et Mélisande

Camilla Tilling (Mélisande) and Laurent Naouri (Golaud) © Sakari Viika
Marco Arturo Marelli's 2012 production lacks mystery but puts a fine Golaud centre stage, while Esa-Pekka Salonen ensures superior musical values in the pit. 
****1
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Potential and polish: the finals of the Mirjam Helin Competition

Stefan Astakhov and Johanna Wallroth, winners of the 2019 Mirjam Helin Competition © Heikki Tuuli
The Mirjam Helin's singer-only jury plump for a polished soprano and youthful baritone in a final concert with no obvious stand-out star. 

An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Carè, Stundytė and Pursio all shine as singers and actors in an intense, exciting production at the Finnish National Opera.
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Outstanding revival of Kasper Holten's Die tote Stadt in Helsinki

Starring celebrated heldentenor Klaus Florian Vogt, Kasper Holten's highly-praised production of Korngold's Die tote Stadt for Finnish National Opera is brilliantly revived.
*****
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Tapiola Sinfonietta dancing with Pekka Kuusisto at the Helsinki Music Centre

What I have experienced multiple times with Tapiola Sinfonietta and with Pekka Kuusisto, and today with both, is that no matter how high your expectations are, these players will always outperform them.
****1
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