The Mannerheim opera has been announced, and will premiere at the Ilmajoki Music Festival in June 2017 - celebrating a hundred years of Finland as an independent republic. I will be composing the music to Eve Hietamies' and Laila Hirvisaari's libretto, with Tuomas Parkkinen directing and Waltteri Torikka as Mannerheim. Looking forward to composing my second opera, it's been a while as 'Paavo The Great' had its premiere over 15 years ago! It told the story of legendary Finnish long distance runner Paavo Nurmi, and was performed at the Helsinki Stadium for Helsinki's Cultural Capital of Europe year 2000.
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