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World’s first internet opera opening at Savonlinna

World’s first internet opera opening at Savonlinna | Finland | Scoop.it
A production conceived by an international online community staged by opera professionals will premiere at the Savonlinna Opera Festival this weekend.

 

The brainchild of the Opera by You project, Free Will is the first-ever opera crowdsourced online.

As the name implies, anyone who wanted to could join in the effort—and the opera's creators number some 200 participants the world over. They've come up with ideas, composed music and selected the best proposals by voting.

When director Jere Erkkilä was invited onboard the project, the whole system was a complete maze to him, he says.

"Art director Jari Hämäläinen called a couple of years ago and asked whether I’d want to take part in this. I said ,'sure, I’ve no idea what you’re talking about, so I’m joining'," Erkkilä quips.

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Savonlinna Opera Festival,Opera At It`s Best

Savonlinna Opera Festival,Opera At It`s Best | Finland | Scoop.it
The Savonlinna Opera Festival July 5-August 4 2011 Finland is home to some of the most breath taking scenery, warm and inviting culture, and also some of the best musical talent around the world.
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Opera Fresh: Finnish National Opera Brings Workshop to Kerava Prison

Opera Fresh: Finnish National Opera Brings Workshop to Kerava Prison | Finland | Scoop.it
A music therapy workshop produced by the Finnish National Opera is about to start at the Kerava Prison. Miro Mantere, the teacher of the workshop, gives an example, and the men burst out laughing. ...
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TSO, Finnish stars team up for passionate effect

TSO, Finnish stars team up for passionate effect | Finland | Scoop.it
The TSO hosts the Canadian premieres of two pieces by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, artfully interpreted by her compatriots, soprano Karita Mattila and cellist Anssi Karttunen (TSO, Finnish stars team up for passionate effect: The TSO hosts the...
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Savonlinna Opera Festival keeps up traditions

Savonlinna Opera Festival keeps up traditions | Finland | Scoop.it
The Savonlinna Opera Festival is continuing to hold to its traditional policy of offering audiences both wel-known classics and stagings of rare works.
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Kekkonen opera on the way

Kekkonen opera on the way | Finland | Scoop.it
Former Finnish President Urho Kekkonen is to be the subject of a new opera. The production is provisionally slated to premiere at the Ilmajoki Music Festival in the summer of 2013.
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Hunt for successor to Mikko Franck starts at Finnish National Opera - Helsingin Sanomat

Hunt for successor to Mikko Franck starts at Finnish National Opera - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it
Hunt for successor to Mikko Franck starts at Finnish National Opera - Helsingin Sanomat

The Finnish National Opera's Artistic Director and General Music Director Mikko Franck, 32, announced on Thursday afternoon that he would resign from his position...
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Opera Singer Anita Välkki Has Died

Opera Singer Anita Välkki Has Died | Finland | Scoop.it
Opera Singer Anita Välkki Has Died: Internationally renowned Finnish opera singer Anita Välkki has died... http://bit.ly/moutp6...
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