Opera

Croak – or the Unexpected Joys and Perils of Singing

(2016-2018)


Puppet opera in two acts


Composed by Markku Klami and Maria Kallionpää (separate scenes in both acts)

 

Scenes by Klami:

 

ACT I:

Scenes 1, 5, 6 and 7

ACT II:

Scenes 10, 14, 15 and 16 (first half of scene 16)


Five soloists, SATB choir and orchestra


Libretto by Mikhail Brashinsky
Directed by Anna Ivanova-Brashinskaya
Puppets and visual design by Viktor Antonov

Duration: ca. 2 hours, of which Klami's part around 1 hour and 10 minutes

Commissioned by Mixed Art Society Poike and Pori Opera Society

First performance: Joonas Eloranta, tenor, Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, soprano, Teppo Lampela, counter-tenor, Merja Mäkelä, mezzosoprano, Jouni Kokora, bass-baritone, Pori Opera Choir, Pori Sinfonietta, cond. Nils Schweckendiek, Promenade Hall, Pori, March 9, 2018

Croak: work commentary in English

 

Markku Klami and Maria Kallionpää composed Croak together. The opera is a commission by the Pori Opera Society and Mixed-art Society Poike. Originally the opera was commissioned from Jouni Kaipainen (1956-2015), whose work was left unfinished.

 

The new composers started from a scratch and begun composing a new opera in 2016. They divided the opera into sections where every scene is composed by only one composer.

 

Croak – or the Unexpected Joys and Perils of Singing is the first full-length opera work by Klami and Kallionpää.

– Work commentary for the first production of Croak, March 2018

Croak: teoskommentti suomeksi

Markku Klami ja Maria Kallionpää ovat säveltäneet Croakin yhdessä. Teos on Porin Oopperan ja Poike ry:n tilaustyö. Teos tilattiin ensin Jouni Kaipaiselta (1956-2015), jonka työ jäi kesken.

 

Uudet säveltäjät aloittivat säveltämisen alusta vuonna 2016. He jakoivat oopperan siten, että jokainen kohtaus on yhden säveltäjän käsialaa.

 

Croak – or the Unexpected Joys and Perils of Singing on Klamin ja Kallionpään ensimmäinen kokoillan oopperasävellys.

– Teoskommentti ensimmäisen tuotannon ohjelmakirjasta, maaliskuu 2018

Tulevaisuuden retki (Future Trek)

(2010)


"Turku 3011 -lastenooppera" (Turku 3011 children's opera)


Intro and 8 scenes (with two optional scenes no.7)


2 soloists (soprano & tenor), 1 actor (puppeteer) and chamber ensemble: clarinet, horn, percussion (1 player), piano, violin and violoncello


Libretto by Emma Puikkonen

Duration: ca. 1 hour

Commissioned by ArtSoppa Society and Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture


First performance: Kirsti Tuominen, soprano, Timo Turunen, tenor, chamber ensemble, cond. Pasi Helin, Linna Theatre, Turku Music Festival, Turku, August 6, 2011

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