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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."

-Aamulehti-

 

 

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

-Kaleva-

 

"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."

-Koillissanomat-

 

"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."

-Östran-

 

   
The Raven in Finnish National Opera and in USA

 

In 2015 Virpi was first invited by the Finnish National Opera and Musica Nova Festival to perform a staged version of Toshio Hoeokawa's monodrama in Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem The Raven for mezzosoprano and an ensemble of 12 players (2012).

 

Renowned film director Zaida Bergroth made her debut as an opera director with this work. Diego Masson conducted the ensemble of The Finnish National Opera Orchestra.

 

Performances on 10th and 13th of February 2015 in Alminsali,

 

http://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2015/02/06/poen-korppi-oopperassa

 

In 2016 she performed The Raven in Charlottesville Parmount Theater, USA during the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

 
 
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