Season concert

Once Upon a Time in Italy


30.03. 19.00

Madetoja Hall

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Gabriella Teychenné


Virginie Verrez mezzo-soprano
Johanna Tuikka viola
Oulu Symphony Orchestra

Concert program

Franz Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style in D Major D 590
Luciani Berio: Folk songs
Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op.32

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One doesn’t necessarily have to visit Italy in order to be inspired by its music and culture. Franz Schubert emulated the merry operas of Rossini in his overture, Hugo Wolf pursued a Sicilian dance-ability in his Serenade, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed a work about a beautiful woman suffering in the flames of hell after reading Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Luciano Berio was in a league of his own as a modernist in the 20th century. Folk Songs, which uses ancient, modified and self-invented folk tunes as its base, is Berio’s most easily approachable work and it is one the most admired and perplexing works of the last century. Mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez from the National Opera of Wien will perform in Oulu for the first time.


Duration about 1 h 45 min (incl. intermission)

Tickets 29 € normal/ 24 € pensioner / 16 € student, unemployed, child (3–17 yrs)
Free entry to the concert for Kaikukortti holders (limited amount, must be purchased in advance from Oulu10 service point).

Prices include service fee. Order fee 2 €/order when bought from Ticketmaster shops or 1,50 €/order when bought from Ticketmaster online shop will be added, excluding tickets purchased at Madetoja Hall ticket booth and Kaikukortti-tickets.

Head start at Restaurant Preludi at 18:30. Discussion of the forthcoming concert.

Interview with the artist: The Vivid, Humorous and Dramatic Italy

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