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Performer: Tuomas Katajala

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LisbonSt. John's Passion

© Gulbenkian Música – Márcia Lessa
Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon; Michel Corboz; Ana Quintans; Helena Rasker; Tuomas Katajala; Marco Alves dos Santos

SavonlinnaIl barbiere di Siviglia

Savonlinna Opera Festival
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Kari Heiskanen; Antti Mattila; Teemu Muurimäki; Annalisa Stroppa; Tuomas Katajala
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HelsinkiCovid fan tutte

Mozart: Così fan tutte
Esa-Pekka Salonen; Jussi Nikkilä; Finnish National Opera; Mark Väisänen; Erika Turunen; Miina-Liisa Värelä; Johanna Rusanen-Kartano
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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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Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Rheingold: a Finnish tour de force

Tommi Hakala © Arne Hyckenberg
In an unusually convincing concert performance, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Finnish National Opera emphasised the lyrical aspects of Wagner's Das Rheingold.
*****
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Savonlinna's Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Jyrki Korhonen (Osmin) and Tuomas Katajala (Belmonte) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-savo
The opening production of the 2017 Savonlinna Opera Festival had an optimistic message, strongly delivered by a cast led by the exceptional Konstanze of Hulkar Sabirova.
****1
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Clément’s cruel Don Pasquale strikes a sour note

Mariame Clément’s Glyndebourne production of Don Pasquale, revived here for the 2015 Tour, delivers its lesson particularly harshly. 
***11
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Don Pasquale at the Norwegian National Opera

What do you get when you mix an old man with a penchant for younger women, a young woman, her equally young lover and a scheming doctor, and set it all sometime around the 1960s, although you wouldn’t really know it had it not been for the petticoats? A rather successful night at the opera, it would seem.
****1
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