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.
Around 17500 people attended to our selection of nearly 30 concerts. The highlights of this years festival contain Karita Mattila, Matti Salminen and Klaus Florian Vogt performing in Parsifal by Richard Wagner, soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s debut in Finland and our concluding concert with Estonian Festival Orchestra, top violinist Lisa Batiashvili and conductor Paavo Järvi.
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