Concert performance of Pergolesi’s Lo Frate ‘nnamorato for the first time in Finland

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra performs Giovanni Battista Pergolesi‘s (1710-1736) opera Lo Frate ‘nnamorato (1732) as a concert performance. The comic opera composed to Gennario Antonio Federico’s libretto written in the Neapolitan dialect, is one of the most important works of Neapolitan opera.

During his short life, Pergolesi managed to leave his name permanently in the history of Western art music. He was a central figure in the birth of Neapolitan opera – a phenomenon that in the 18th century had a wide influence on the art of opera throughout Europe. Pergolesi’s influence on later composers from Mozart to Stravinsky was notable.

The work has a particularly strong relationship with the culture of the Naples region in terms of subject matter, language and music. Conductor Marcos Magalhães: “Music plays a significant role in Neapolitan life, but at the center of the cultural richness is the Neapolitan dialect, which I consider one of the most musical languages in itself. It seems as if the phrasing and pronunciation of that speech is already melodic and rhythmic like the music itself. So it’s not surprising that Naples and its surroundings have always had not only a diverse and profound folk culture tradition but also a sophisticated and impressive art music tradition, specifically in the field of opera and especially in the 18th century.”

The concert continues the well-established cooperation between Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and Os Músicos do Tejo, and is made possible by financial support from Dgartes, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and the Government of Portugal.


Helsinki Baroque Orchestra 25 Years

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra Photo: Maarit Kytöharju

The upcoming concert season marks the 25th anniversary of Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Highlights of the season include an anniversary concert featuring music from Bernhard Crusell, as well as a touring opera production of Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella. Read more about these and other concerts here.


Pasticcio Passion in Tallinn and Helsinki

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra Photo: Maarit Kytöharju

Graun/Bach: Passions-Oratorium, sometimes referred to as “the fifth passion”, was performed by the Purcell Choir and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra in Budapest last year. Now it is coming to Tallinn (Estonia Kontserdisaal, April 9) and Helsinki (Musiikkitalo, April 10).

The production brings together Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Purcell Choir Budapest, one of the foremost choirs in Europe. The soloists are Ágnes KovácsEszter BaloghZoltán Megyesi and Lóránt Najbauer, with Aapo Häkkinen conducting.


New Year’s concerts cancelled

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland has today given an order that closes public indoor spaces and forbids events from 28 Dec – 17 Jan. Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s traditional New Year’s concerts in Musiikkitalo on 31 Dec and 1 Jan have therefore been cancelled.


EU COVID Certificate required for concerts in Finland

Photo: Juhani Niiranen / HS

EU Covid Certificate will be required for Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s upcoming concerts in Rauma and Helsinki. Covid passports will be inspected upon entering the concert venue. Children under the age of 16 are exempt from this requirement.



Tickets for New Year’s concerts now available

Joseph Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island) will be performed in Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s traditional New Year’s concert in Musiikkitalo on Dec 31 & Jan 1. The soloists include Giuseppina Bridelli, Kajsa Dahlbäck, Hugo Hymas and Arttu Kataja, with Aapo Häkkinen conducting.

Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster service points and website.


Aapo Häkkinen’s recital re-scheduled

Kuva: Marco Borggreve

The opening concert of the Early Music Series in Musiikkitalo has been re-scheduled. The new date for Aapo Häkkinen’s Bach, Haydn, Hässler recital is Saturday, September 25 at 19:00.

All tickets purchased for the original concert are valid on the new date and no action is required. In case you wish to cancel your ticket, follow the instructions set out by Ticketmaster. Season ticket holders may receive a refund for the corresponding amount.


Janakkala Baroque is happening!

After last summer’s covid break, the Janakkala Baroque Festival will happen again from July 3-4 this year. The programme includes some of last year’s cancellations.

“After a long break the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra will once again play in front of a live audience. We are overjoyed to be able to do it in Janakkala, a traditional highlight of our summer”, notes Aapo Häkkinen, the artistic director of the orchestra and the festival.

The festival programme comprises an organ recital by Benjamin Alard, folk music al fresco (weather permitting) with Eva Alkula, a children’s baroque event, and a concert of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra with Aapo Häkkinen and Benjamin Alard as soloists.



New Bach CD is out!

Completion of an internationally acclaimed series: Aapo Häkkinen and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra conclude the cycle of Bach’s harpsichord concertos with the concertos for 3 and 4 harpsichords.

Here, too, Häkkinen surprises in terms of instrumentation: The harpsichords represent different schools of instrument building (German, Flemish, French and Italian), resulting in a remarkably differentiated sound. With Miklós Spányi, Cristiano Holtz, and Anna-Maaria Oramo, Häkkinen is supported by experienced companions.  

This keyboard festival is rounded off with the monumental Duetto by the eccentric Bach pupil Johann Gottfried Müthel, presented by specialists Miklós Spányi and Aapo Häkkinen on two historical clavichords. The SuperAudioCD, recorded in Finland and Sweden, offers stereo and surround sound.

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