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Guide to Concerts, Classical Music, Opera and Ballet in Finland

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TurkuPhilosophers' Symposium

Haydn, Bernstein, Brahms
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; Janne Nisonen; Tami Pohjola

HelsinkiToscaNew production

Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Puccini: Tosca
Patrick Fournillier; Christof Loy; Finnish National Opera; Christian Schmidt; Aušrinė Stundytė; Andrea Carè

HelsinkiRed Nose Day Concert

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Jaakko Kuusisto

HelsinkiThrough the ages

Mozart, Barber, Schumann
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Pablo González; Mackenzie Melemed

HelsinkiLes Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Patrick Fournillier; Johannes Erath; Finnish National Opera; Heike Scheele; Gesine Völlm; Mika Pohjonen; Dominik Sutowicz
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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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Sibelius Festival in Lahti opens with Swanwhite rarity

Baiba Skride © Maarit Kyt Aharju
Baiba Skride gripped the audience in Sibelius's Violin Concerto in the opening concert of this year's Sibelius Festival in Lahti, along with some rarities by the composer.
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Satan, sex, blood and redemption: Faust in Finland

Clemens Unterreiner (Valentin) © Valtteri Hirvonen
Auguin conducted as if he really believes in this evergreen work, which was wonderful to hear in the composer’s rather overlooked anniversary year.
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Staging, spectacle, singing: three-card trick at Savonlinna

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
This was more stadium rock than stuffy opera house, lighting as ‘metaphor made real’ as the lovers were – literally – star-struck, blinded by love.
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Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
There is a reason that Butterfly has the highest blub factor in the repertory, for it is not only for Cio-Cio-San that we weep, but for ourselves. 
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