Laura

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Laura Åkerlund (b. 1987, Helsinki, Finland) is an opera stage director and pianist. From August 2016 she is also the General Manager & Artistic Director of Helsingin Koominen Ooppera.

Åkerlund has worked as stage director, assistant stage director, and stage manager in Finland, Sweden, Russia, England and Germany. For her Masters Thesis about opera directing she received grants from Finnish Cultural Foundation and Tellervo & Juuso Waldén Foundation.

Education: Master of Arts, (M.A., Helsinki University), Sibelius-Academy (Opera directing), Helsinki University (Bachelor of Arts in Musicology. Also studies in Art history, Aesthetics, Russian, French), Freie Universität Berlin (Theater studies, German), Helsinki Conservatory (Piano, Lied accompaniment), also studies at the Theater Academy in Helsinki.
Leader of Cultural Committee of Helsinki University 2010-2011, Secretary of the Cultural Committee 2009-2010.

Language skills: Finnish, English, German, French, Swedish, Russian.

In 2009 she made her TV-debut in a television programme for Finnish TV-channel Yle Teema, in “Talo Ranskassa”. It was a language learning programme, suited to people who study or would like to study French.

Åkerlund also lectures about opera and opera directing. She has held lectures at Helsinki University, Toimela-opisto and at the Finnish Wagner Society.

Her own stage directions include Tchaikovskys “Eugen Onegin” (Club Dacha, St. Petersburg, Russia 2015), Verdis “La Traviata” (Putikon Hovi, Punkaharju and Mäntsälä, Finland 2015). “Himmerrä ja Valo” (Musica Nova Helsinki 2011) and “Aallonharjalla” (Helsinki University 2011). Åkerlund’s stage direction of “La Traviata” won the prize for best opera production at the International Opera Tournament “La Traviata” at Putikon Hovi, Finland, 2015.

Recently she has been working as assistant stage director in productions at the Oper Stuttgart “Salome” (stage director: Kirill Serebrennikov), Komische Oper Berlin “Gianni Schicci & Herzog Blaubarts Burg” (stage director: Calixto Bieito), Deutsche Oper Berlin “LoveAffairs” (stage director: Tilman Hecker) and Helsinki Festival “Tristan und Isolde” (stage director: Peter Sellars).

In 2016 Åkerlund assisted in Bayerische Staatsoper in the production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” (stage director: David Bösch) and ”La Juive” (stage director: Calixto Bieito) in the Season 2015/2016. In July 2016 Åkerlund staged the reprise of “Ahti Karjalainen – elämä, Kekkonen ja teot” (stage director: Juha Hurme) at Kokkola Opera.

Åkerlund was a guest in a live broadcast “Kantapöytä” of Yle in 2. March and her part on the program can be viewed from this link.

Recent article of Laura Åkerlund in YLE Klassinen (in Finnish) is available here.

Åkerlund is also Bayreuth-Stipendium holder of the Finnish Wagner Society in 2016.

From August 2016 Åkerlund is the Leader of Helsingin Koominen Ooppera, a new operahouse in Finnland.

Finnish Nationalopera streamed The Flying Dutchman on 24. November 2016. Åkerlund & bassbaritone Juha Uusitalo were commentator during the interval and after the show. To watch The Flying Dutchman, click here.

 

photo © PŠivi Karjalainen Rehearsal photo, harjoituskuva Kokkolan oopperakesŠ 2016, Ykspihlajan toimitalo  Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: ÓAhti Karjalainen-elŠmŠ, Kekkonen ja teotÓ, libretto Juha Hurme, Kapellimestari: Erkki Lasonpalo Ahti Karjalainen: Herman Wallen Urho Kekkonen: Anu Komsi Kraut: Piia Komsi Viina: Annika MyllŠri Kokkolan Opera Ensemble

photo © PŠivi Karjalainen
Rehearsal photo, harjoituskuva
Kokkolan oopperakesŠ 2016, Ykspihlajan toimitalo
Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: ÓAhti Karjalainen-elŠmŠ, Kekkonen ja teotÓ, libretto Juha Hurme, Kapellimestari: Erkki Lasonpalo
Ahti Karjalainen: Herman Wallen
Urho Kekkonen: Anu Komsi
Kraut: Piia Komsi
Viina: Annika MyllŠri
Kokkolan Opera Ensemble

 

photo © PŠivi Karjalainen Rehearsal photo, harjoituskuva Kokkolan oopperakesŠ 2016, Ykspihlajan toimitalo  Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: ÓAhti Karjalainen-elŠmŠ, Kekkonen ja teotÓ, libretto Juha Hurme, Kapellimestari: Erkki Lasonpalo Ahti Karjalainen: Herman Wallen Urho Kekkonen: Anu Komsi Kraut: Piia Komsi Viina: Annika MyllŠri Kokkolan Opera Ensemble

photo © PŠivi Karjalainen
Rehearsal photo, harjoituskuva
Kokkolan oopperakesŠ 2016, Ykspihlajan toimitalo
Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: ÓAhti Karjalainen-elŠmŠ, Kekkonen ja teotÓ, libretto Juha Hurme, Kapellimestari: Erkki Lasonpalo
Ahti Karjalainen: Herman Wallen
Urho Kekkonen: Anu Komsi
Kraut: Piia Komsi
Viina: Annika MyllŠri
Kokkolan Opera Ensemble