Olivia's Aria by Maria Kallionpää was premiered at the Pori Opera Gala on the 25th Nov. 2016 by sopran Anna-Kristiina Kaappola and Pori Sinfonietta. Olivia Puppet by Viktor Antonov, Puppeteers Anna Nekrassova & Jenni Rutanen.

Olivia’s Aria by Maria Kallionpää was premiered at the Pori Opera Gala on the 25th Nov. 2016 by sopran Anna-Kristiina Kaappola and Pori Sinfonietta. Olivia Demo Puppet by Viktor Antonov, Puppeteers Anna Nekrassova & Jenni Rutanen. Produced by Poike & Pori Opera. Photo: TPL 2016.

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CROAK – OR THE UNEXPECTED JOYS AND PERILS OF SINGING

OPERA by Maria Kallionpää & Markku Klami
PREMIERE: 9th March 2018, Promenadi Hall, Pori, Finland
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DIRECTOR: Anna Ivanova-Brashinskaya
PUPPET & STAGE DESIGN: Viktor Antonov
LIBRETTO: Mikhail Brashinsky
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Roosa Halme
SOLOISTS: Joonas Eloranta, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, Jouni Kokora, Teppo Lampela, Merja Mäkelä
PUPPETEERS: Johanna Kultala, Maria-Elina Koivula, Anna Nekrassova, Jenni Rutanen, Riina Tikkanen, Lotta Virtanen, Paula Vilmi
ORCHESTRA: Pori Sinfonietta
ORCHESTRA MANAGER: Leena Harmaala
CHOIR: Pori Opera Choir
MOVEMENT DESIGN: Tatiana Gordeeva
LIGHT DESIGN: Iana Boitcova
IN COOPERATION WITH: Taidetestaajat, Aura of Puppets
FINANCE: The Arts Promotion Centre, The Cultural Board of the City of Pori, The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Satakunta Regional Foundation, The Ministry of Education and Culture, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Pori.
PRODUCTION: Pori Opera & Poike
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Heli Latvala & Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo

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MARIA KALLIONPÄÄ AND MARKKU KLAMI TO COMPOSE THE PUPPET OPERA CROAK

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The first full-length puppet opera produced in the Nordic Countries will be composed by Maria Kallionpää and Markku Klami. “We are inspired by how contemporary puppet theatre, visuals and music are intertwined in CROAK in an unforeseen way and create a resounding, complete work of art. The different vocal attributes will play a significant role within the music, as tonal variations underline the libretto’s timeless message – the desire to be loved,” say the composers.

The opera is titled CROAK or The Unexpected Joys and Perils of Singing, and it will premiere in 2018 at the Promenadi Hall in Pori, Finland.

Composer and pianist Maria Kallionpää (b. 1981 in Ulvila) is best described as a pan-European and interdisciplinary artist and academic. In 2015, she defended her PhD thesis on extended playing techniques in contemporary piano music at the Oxford University. At the moment, she is composing for the Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma and is a visiting researcher at the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

The works of Markku Klami (b. 1979 in Turku) have been performed at various international festivals worldwide. His catalogue consists of chorus and orchestra pieces and chamber opera. Klami graduated from the Turku Arts Academy in 2006 and completed his Master’s Degree in Music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 2010.

The libretto of the puppet opera CROAK is written by film director and screenwriter Mikhail Brashinsky (b. 1965 in Leningrad). In the libretto, the emotions of the protagonist Lord Croak are torn between love and death, as his fate is to succumb to the price he must pay for his magical gift of song.

CROAK is dedicated to the memory of composer Jouni Kaipainen (1956–2015). The puppet opera project started three years ago with a call for submissions for five Finnish composers, out of whom Jouni Kaipainen was selected to compose the opera. Kallionpää and Klami also participated in the call for submissions. Jouni Kaipainen passed away unexpectedly in November 2015. He was still working on the composition when its initial working title Halewyn was changed to CROAK.

Now the new composers are given the chance to start anew and finish their original composition with plenty of time. CROAK will premiere at Promenadi Hall in Pori in 2018.

CROAK will be directed by puppet theatre artist Anna Ivanova-Brashinskaya (b. 1965 in Leningrad). Her assistant director is Roosa Halme (b. 1982 in Littoinen) who initiated the production of the puppet opera when working as a regional artist in the Pori office of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

The opera visuals and puppets will be designed by Viktor Antonov (b. 1961 in Leningrad), and the project will be realized in co-operation with the Turku-based puppet theatre association TIP-Connection.

CROAK’s score will be played by Pori Sinfonietta conducted by Jan Söderblom (b. 1970 in Helsinki). CROAK is produced in co-operation between Pori Opera and Mixed-Art Association Poike, with Heli Latvala (b. 1950 in Pori) and Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo (b. 1969 in Tampere) as executive producers.

The puppet opera CROAK has been sponsored by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Pori, the Satakunta Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Translation Finnish-English: Anna Niilekselä.

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The opera choir as trees by Viktor Antonov 2015.

Sketches for the puppet theatre opera by Viktor Antonov.

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Jouni Kaipainen

On 23rd Nov. 2015 we got sad news. Our great composer and colleague Jouni Kaipainen died at the age of 58. Long live his music.

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Theatre SudenEnne visited Pori in October 2015 with its marvellous puppet and dog theatre performance!

At 12 a.m. Gulliga Gulle och Guldägget – played in Swedish, produced by Poike and supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Pori.

At 6 p.m. Kulta Noutavainen ja kumman kiukkuinen siivekäs – played in Finnish.

Pori International Puppetry Festival

Kulttuuritalo – Kulturhuset Annankatu 6

 

 

 

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PUPPET THEATRE OPERA SYMPOSIUM 13th – 16th Nov. 2014

@ Palmgren Conservatoire, Pori, Finland

SEMINAR Fri 14th Nov. 11am – 4pm. Auditorium, 4rd Floor. Free entry.

11:00 Welcoming Word by Regional Artist Roosa Halme

11:10 Introduction to the World of Puppetry and Its’ Musicality by Puppet Theatre Artist Anna Ivanova-Brashinskaya (in English)

12:15  About Composing Opera – Oopperan säveltämisestä: Composer – Säveltäjä Jouni Kaipainen (in Finnish)

13:20 Break about 20 mins. Café is open at the 2nd floor.

13:45 Super Instruments? Extending the Instrumental Capacities. – Superinstrumentteja? Laajennetut sointiratkaisut by Composer & Pianist – Säveltäjä ja pianisti Maria Kallionpää (in Finnish).

14:50 Puppets in Chinese Opera by Puppet Theatre Artist Thomas Lundqvist (in English)

15:50 Closure by Roosa Halme.

INDONESIAN SHADOW THEATRE CONCERT Sat 15th Nov. 3pm

Valimo Hall, behind the Conservatoire main building. Tickets: 5e, Family ticket 15e. The Concert lasts appr. 1,5 hours. We have an open Q&A session after the concert.

Production: Nukkero / PIP-fest in cooperation with The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Helsinki.

MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP for Pori Opera Choir with Puppeteers

Sat 15th Nov. 11am – 2pm at Palmgren Hall 2nd Floor and Sun 16th Nov. 12am – 3pm at Valimo Hall (entrance behind the main building).

La 15.11 kello 11 – 14 Palmgren-salissa 2.krs  ja su 16.11. kello 12-15 Valimo-salissa (käynti Valimoon päärakennuksen takaa).

Leaders Anna Ivanova-Brashinskaya and Roosa Halme.

Ask access for spectatorship! – Kuunteluoppilaspaikkoja voi tiedustella tuottajalta!

SCHOOL VISIT to Svenska Samskolan i Björneborg – Swedish School in Pori by Thomas Lundqvist on Fri 14th Nov.

MASTER CLASS LECTURE to Palmgren Conservatoire music technology students by Maria Kallionpää on Thu 13th Nov.

For more information, please contact:

Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo, Producer, tuuli (at) poike.fi, +358 50 535 8916

Puppet Theatre Opera Symposium is an educational programme as part of the Puppet Theatre Opera Project. Puppet Theatre Opera Project is co-produced by Poike, Pori Opera, Pori Sinfonietta and T.I.P.-Connection with the support of Pori Branch of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Ministry of Culture and Education, Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Satakunta Regional Fund and the Swedish Culture Foundation in Pori. Also Regional Puppetry Association Nukkero takes part in the project.

Thank you for the educational cooperation to Palmgren Conservatoire and Svenska Samskolan i Björneborg – The Swedish School in Pori!

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Puppet Theatre Opera Project was launched on the 10th Sept. 2014 at Pori City Hall:

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