Elämänkuvat by Olli Kortekangas

Olli Kortekangas's church opera Elämänkuvat (Pictures of Life) received a standing ovation and enthusisatic reviews. The opera, lasting one hour, was premiered at the Korsholm Music Festival on 1 August by the Seinäjoki and Vaasa City Orchestras, choirs and soloists: soprano Päivi Nisula and baritone Waltteri Torikka. The conductor was Anna-Maria Helsing and the stage director Ville Saukkonen. The libretto by Pia Perkiö follows the stories of two characters side by side: a 16th-century Painter and present-day Mariia.