"It’s wonderful that people from all over the world can enjoy the concert."

On Thursday 3rd December soprano Päivi Pylvänäinen from Savonlinna will be the soloist of the St. Michels Stings’ concert. Pylvänäinen graduated from the Sibelius Academy with excellent grades in the spring of 2015. Pylvänäinen has played several significant roles on domestic opera stages. He rose to the awareness of the general public with her acclaimed lead role in Ilkka Kuusisto's opera Aino Ackté.

The program is based on Finnish songs by Toivo Kuula and Oskar Merikanto, as well as Puccini's opera arias. The program also includes Erkki Melartin's Serenade for string orchestra and Puccini's string orchestra works Crisantemi, Tre Minuetti and Scherzo. The concert will be conducted by concertmaster Jyrki Lasonpalo. SemiLive interviewed Päivi Pylvänäinen about the concert and the future.

– The year has been really challenging since March. Fortunately, it was time to do Carmen at the Tampere Opera, but after that everyday life changed completely. In principle, all work has been postponed for at least a year, says Päivi Pylvänäinen.

– This year, I am more focused to take care of myself as a singer. There is a place for doing alone, but now there has been quite a lot of time for that. That’s why it was a wonderful feeling to get to train with the orchestra for this concert, and of course perform on Thursday.

Pylvänäinen also sees a light at the end of the tunnel: – If there is something good in this time, then we have learned that you can take singing lessons via Zoom around the world and communicate with colleagues. It has become more commonplace.

Päivi Pylvänäinen says that some of the songs to be heard on Thursday have been familiar for her for years. For example, O mio babbino Caro and Quando m’en vo have been in Pylvänäinen’s repertoire for a long time.

– Tuijotin tulehen kauan has touched recently. Its ambience suits the autumn feel, and the small wretched associated with the situation. Then we'll move on to the more hopeful Aamulaulu, which I sang already when I was a young girl, says Pylvänäinen.

Pylvänäinen says that the plans for next spring have already come a long way - there will be, among other things, musical rejoicing Hajuvettä ja lihapullia, where she will perform together with actress-singer Maria Lund. Stunning musicians Anu Kosonen and Elisa Järvelä will also be seen on stage. There will be a fun and varied performance about women’s lives. The script is the handwriting of the working group and the producer of the presentation, Kalle Pylvänäinen.

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