ESTONIAN SINFONIETTA IN THE GREAT HALL OF THE WIENER KONZERTHAUS 25.03.2022
After a magnificent concert in the year 2018 in the Golden Hall of Musikverein with Kristina Poska and Alice Sara Ott, Estonian Sinfonietta is once again invited to Vienna to bring Estonian music and artists into the heart of Europe, this time to perform in the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus under the baton of Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving.
The soloists for the concert were Austrian oboe virtuoso Katharina Hörmann, who performed the oboe concerto by Richard Strauss, TrV 292 and Lithuanian top-violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė, who was soloist in Arvo Pärt “Fratres”. The concert was framed by the symphonies nr. 1 and nr. 104 of Joseph Haydn. Estonian music was presented by the works of Arvo Pärt , beside “Fratres” was played “Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten”. From Finland, “Hava” by Lotta Wennäkoski was performed.
The concert was featured in several concert series such as "Internationale Orchester", "Pultmagie", "Klassik A", "Featured Artists und Gäste", "Romantik" and "Genieblitze".
Concert was supported by SA Kultuuripartnerlus.
ESTONIAN SINFONIETTA IN INTERNATIONAL OPERA PRODUCTION
For the anniversary of Åland’s autonomy composer from Iceland, Karólína Eiríksdóttir wrote an opera „Lisbeta -thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” misogyny and superstition. This is musical celebration in which 17th century women accused of witchcraft take power over the logic of hate rhetoric. For Åland's 100th anniversary of autonomy, we are giving Lisbeta and her sisters in woe a voice through a newly written, modern opera, which is idea and production of Kulturföreningen Katrina.
Performances will take place on April 21st and April 22nd at 19 in Helsinki Alexander Theatre.
A magpie’s laugh echoes across Sund as the parish priest and the new district judge, Nils Psilander, who just came from Dorpat with new books about judgement, rile up the locals to fear the unknown. Soon, seven women will be executed for a new crime: communing with the devil.
Those seven are Lisbeta Skarp from Persnäs, Karin Persdotter from Emkarby, Maria Nilsdotter from Emkarby, Ebba Hindrichszon from Finby, Anna Bengtzdotter from Högbolstad, Ingeborg Olsdotter from Västansunda, Margreta Mårtensdotter from Norrby. Executed for the crimes the men of power dreamed up. Stripped of their rights, feared by their peers, for witchcraft notorious.
In opera participating Åland’s foremost opera singers. Sofie Asplund will play the role of Lisbeta. Philip Björkqvist will carry the role of Judge Psilander. Joonas Eloranta will be the priest, Kjellinus.Jenny Carlstedt will sing the role of Karin, the woman who was the first victim of the witch hunt. Therese Karlsson will portray the honorable Ebba. As Lisbeta’s husband, Per, we will get to hear Aarne Pelkonen. The most unexpected role as the magpie will be played by accordionist Veli Kujala.
Conductor of the opera is Anna-Maria Helsing.