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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."






February 5            Frank Martin Le vin herbé Staatsoper Berlin, stage director

                             Katie Mitchell, conductor Friedeman Leyer, role Iseut aux

                             Balnches Mains


February 11          Le vin herbé Staatsoper Berlin


February 12          Kathedraali Soi - festivaali, Turku. World premiere of

                             Tero-Pekka Henell's 2nd String Quartet with mezzosoprano,

                             dedicated to Virpi Räisänen.

                             String Quartet of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra


February 15          Le vin herbé, Staatsoper Berlin


February 19          Le vin herbé, Staatsoper Berlin


March      17          Anders Hillborg ...lontano in sonno..., Alma Mahler Fünf Lieder

                             new orchestration by Joakim Unander. Wärmland Opera

                             Orchestra Karlstadt, Sweden

                             Conductor Johannes Gustavvson


March      19          Loisiarte Festival, Austria. Berio Folk Songs, Sequenza III


March      20          Loisiarte Festival, Austria. Ravel Chansons madécasses


April        14          Lecture and Master Class Conservatorium van Amsterdam 


April        26          Recital Theresienstadt & Bach in Ivalo Church, Finland

                             with Janne Rättyä, accordion and Teija Kunnari, reciter


July         10          Hangon Musiikkijuhlat, Finland. Recital with pianist

                             Kiril Kozolovsky


August    10-14     Oulunsalo Soi Festival


September 2        World premiere of Outi Tarkiainen's Maa, kevään tytär - Earth,

                            Daughter of Spring with Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John 

                            Storgårds conducting. This songcycle is performed in sami-

                            language in Korundi, Rovaniemi FIN


September 3       Tarkianen: Maa, kevään tytär with Lapland Chamber Orchestra

                           in Inari FIN. John Storgårds conducting


September 8       Hosokawa: The Raven - monodrama for mezzosoprano and 

                           ensemble in Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, USA


September 10    "Freshly Squeezed" Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, USA


September 11     Händel arias & Brahms Songs, Old Cabell Hall at University of

                           Virginia, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, USA


September 23     Gustav Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Alma Mahler

                           Fünf Lieder with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Gordan Nickolic leading.

                           Espoo, FIN


October 3           Schönberg: String Quartet 2 with Sonar String Quartet, 

                           in Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany


November 21      La Scala di Milano; Gérard Grisey L'Icone paradoxale for

                           soprano, mezzosoprano and large orchestra. With Anu Komsi

                           soprano, Filarmonica della Scala and Stefan Asbury conductor


 December 16     Beethoven 9th Symphony with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,

                           John Storgårds conducting


December 19     Christmas Concert with Pohjan Laulu Men's Choir and 

                           Ynnin Pojat Boys Choir in Raahe, Finland


December 21     Christmas Concert with Pohjan Laulu Men's Choir and 

                           Ynnin Pojat Boys Choir in Raahe, Finland


December 23     Christmas Concert with Pohjan Laulu Men's Choir and 

                           Ynnin Pojat Boys Choir in Raahe, Finland



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