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 "Since 2009, she has wisely focused on singing, and now all of a sudden

 she has a world-class voice capacity. Räisänen interprets the solo songs

 with amazing confidence and boldness."




"Räisänen's strength lies in the dynamic flexibility of her voice and in her ability to express the nuances of music and drama."



"Astonishingly naturally Räisänen played and sang simultaneously, as if having an expressive dialogue between bright and dark sides of her personality. She has similar kind of lyrical and radiantly beautiful tone both in her singing voice and in her violin."

-Helsingin Sanomat-



"...creative tone world accented by mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen's magnetic charisma and expression."

-Norrbottens Kuriren-


"...the moonlike scenery, which is lightend up by mezzo soprano Virpi Räisänen's radiant, heart touching singing."



"Playfull and surprising Virpi Räisänen shows that one can combine voice and body in many unexpected ways. Sequenza III from Luciano Berio is exploring all the possibilities of a female voice and Virpi was facinating and impressively agile both in her voice and body."




risnen_11-08-24_011p-t.jpg Virpi Räisänen, one of the most sought after Finnish female singing talents at the moment, has garnered an impressive list of honours and achievements both as a mezzo soprano and earlier as a concert violinist. Next to her successful violin career singing was always her other passion. After finishing her singing diploma with the highest distinction she has launched a blooming singing career as well.


Now her warm mezzo voice and her strong musicality is leading her from one success to another. Besides mastering the traditional mezzo soprano repertoire, she has also established herself as a champion of contemporary music having world premiered dozens of new works, most of them written and dedicated to her.


Her career received a beautiful beginning with an invitation to 2009 Salzburger Festspiele where Virpi sang one of the leading roles in Luigi Nono's opera Al gran sole carico d'amore. During 2009 she was also seen in the leading role of Elmira in Händel's seldomly performed opera Floridante in The International Händel Festspiele in Halle. 2010 brought her a re-invitation to the Salzburg Festspiele for a role in Wolfgang Rihms' new opera Dionysos, which was revived in Amsterdam DNO and in Staatsoper Berlin. A busy recital shedule followed next to her opera and concert engagements and recently she has given recitals in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Tokyo, Riga and Turku Music Festivals and appeared as a soloist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Ligeti Requiem as a soloist of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Esa-Pekka Salonen, soloist of Helsinki Philharmonic with John Storgårds and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Sakari Oramo and Hannu Lintu just to mention some of the latest high lights of her fast started out career.


In 2013 Virpi will sing on stages of Staatsoper Berlin, Helsinki Music Centre, Festival van Vlaanderen, Turku Music Festival,  Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Hong Kong, Tokyo and many others.


Virpi was chosen in 2012 as the new Artistic Director of the Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival in Finland.


In 2012 her debut lied recital album The Legacy of Mahler and in 2014 Calmo by Lugiano Berio with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Both of these released by ONDINE





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