Leopold Koželuch: Gustav Vasa

Sat 3.3.2018 7.30 pm
Tues 6.3.2018 7.30 pm
Sat 10.3.2018 7.30 pm
Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall

Martina Janková & Helena Juntunen & Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano
Monica Groop, mezzo-soprano
Mario Zeffiri & Niall Chorell, tenor
Cornelius Uhle, bass
Helsinki Chamber Choir
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
costume design Reija Laine
video design Emil & Artur Sallinen
concept Erik Söderblom
stage director Ville Sandqvist


Koželuch’s only surviving opera Gustav Vasa is resurrected two centuries after the composer’s death! The Czech-born composer Leopold Koželuch was a significant competitor of Mozart, and among their contemporaries, even more acknowledged of these two.

Gustav Vasa explores the important event in the history of the Swedish nation: the battle between Sweden and Denmark in the beginnning of the 16th century. Through creative video design, the ultra-modern concert hall of the Helsinki Music Centre will be transformed to a medieval battlefield.

Tickets 30–70 € Ticketmaster
The lines of each section of the choir were straight and clear, as if played by instruments, and yet soft and flexible, supporting an unbroken sense of breathing. Each group sang with pure intonation and the resonance between the voices took on a life of its own, so that the whole space was filled with ringing colours.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila,
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland