Friday, July 10, 2015

Introducing Finnish barihunk Aarne Pelkonen

What better day to introduce Finnish barihunk Aarne Pelkonen than on his birthday (July 11th). The winner of the 2015 Sibelius Singing Competition studied at the Sibelius Academy. He also is a 1st Prize winner for male voice at the Lappeenranta National Singing Competition in 2013. Together with pianist Juho Alakärppä he was a prizewinner in Das Lied – International Song Competition in Berlin in 2011 and at the International Student Lied-Duo Competition in Enschede in the Netherlands.

Aarne Pelkonen sings Tule kanssani, Herra Jeesus:

Pelkonen is an avid lied and oratorio singer who has performed at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Helsinki Music Centre, Vienna Musikverein, International Kaija Saariaho Festival in Helsinki, Oulu Music Festival, and with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Finnish Baroque orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Pelkonen’s recordings include Brahms’ songs for the Finnish Broadcast.

Aarne Pelkonen has joined the Oldenburg Opera in Germany through 2017, where he will perform Elviro in Handel's Serse, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and San in Trouble in Tahiti. In August he'll join Karita Mattila and Florian Boesch in the cast of Berg's Wozzeck at the Helsinki Music Center with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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