Project: La Traviata awarded as best opera production

On May 25, 2015

From May 22 to May 24 2015, the 3rd International Music Festival was held in Putikon Hovi, Finland. Part of the festival is an opera tournament, which had “La Traviata” as the focus this year. Two artistic teams, from Finland and Russia, presented their version of “La Traviata”. I am very happy, that I was asked to direct the Finnish version of this opera. A jury and the audience selected the winners in different categories. Winners had been chosen in the following categories: Best Opera Production, Best Leading Role, Best Supporting Role, Best Male Role, Best Female Role. The Finnish team had been honoured with the award in all categories.





On the left our Giorgio Germont (Juha-Pekka Mitjonen) and on the right side our Violetta (Päivi Pylvänäinen).

I thank my whole team and also the organizers for this great event and I am looking forward to presenting our “La Traviata”, created by an amazing team, in the future again.

Cast & Crew

Violetta: Päivi Pylvänäinen
Alfredo: Ville Salonen
Giorgio Germont: Juha-Pekka Mitjonen
Flora: Natalia Vinogradova
Annina: Elisabet Petsalo

Stage Director: Laura Åkerlund
Conductor: Jonas Rannila
Pianist: Laura Kivikoski
Lights: Kalle Pylvänäinen










La Traviata has been performed for sold-out concert halls in Mäntsälä (2015) and in Kankaanpääsali (in Kankaanpää 13. of March in 2016). Here are some photos from our performance from Kankaanpääsali.

Kuva_La_Traviata_Saija_Mustaniemi_02Photo: Saija Mustaniemi


Photo: Saija Mustaniemi


Photo: Pertti Laudetlahti


Photo: Pertti Laudetlahti