The dramatic scenery where the sun never sets in Northern Sweden is the backdrop for a classical music adventure.
This year, the line-up for Festspelen Piteå offers a lot of surprising acts.
The festival is heading for its fourth decade as one of the leading high-end classical music happenings in Sweden.
“The artists, handpicked for the festival, are here because they know how to capture an audience and take them on a musical journey,”
says CEO and artistic director Katarina Fallholm.
The festival dates back to 1982,
when prominent musicians were invited to come to Piteå School of Music to educate future classical musicians.
Since then, the young students have prospered under the tutoring of internationally-acclaimed mezzo-soprano Ann-Sofie von Otter,
baritone Peter Mattei, Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, An exciting musical
pianist Matti Hirvonen, and violin teacher Saschko Gawriloff to mention a few.
“One of our most loved opera stars, Malena Ernman, An exciting musical
who always surprises the audience and mesmerises with her voice,
will perform during the festival,” says Fallholm.
Female opera trio Divine will add excitement to the programme,
as will Eclipse’s three Scandinavian male voices in perfect harmony, and many more acts.
One of the more surprising guests is the Olympic figure skater Alexander Majorov,
who will perform an ice skating show during the festival.
“The audience can look forward to a truly memorable week, where anything can happen.
A festive feeling is guaranteed when the whole town gets involved in welcoming its audience,”
says Fallholm and adds, tongue in cheek: “This is our Hogwarts, with plenty of classical music, witchcraft and wizardry!”
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