Savonlinna Opera Festival 2006
In July of that year, Tarja performed again at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, but this time as a soloist, together with the famous Finnish tenor Raimo Sirkiä and the Symphonic Orchestra of Kuopio conducted by Maestro Riku Niemi in two sold out concerts. The audience and critics alike praised these crossover concerts, covering pieces from “Rusalka” to “Proud Mary”.
Tarja: I was so happy to be again in the beautiful city of Savonlinna where I had been studying when I was a teenager. I have great memories from those times and I still treasure them. The castle of Olavinlinna is a wonderful, mysterious place and since I was a kid, wanted to perform there. Once again, it was a dream come true. People enjoyed our concert program, which was a challenge for all of us. I hope to return to Olavinlinna again one day.
July 16th: Tarja Turunen, Raimo Sirkiä and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riku Niemi, 7 p.m., Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna, Finland http://www.operafestival.fi/
July 21st: Tarja Turunen, Raimo Sirkiä and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riku Niemi, 3 p.m., Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna, Finland http://www.operafestival.fi/