Concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio brings top conductor Susanna Mälkki to Tampere

Tampere Opera and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra join forces to offer opera fans Beethoven's Fidelio as a concert version at Tampere Hall on October 10th and 12th, 2024.

The concerts will be conducted by the internationally acclaimed conductor Susanna Mälkki, with stellar soloists, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tampere Opera Choir.

Susanna Mälkki, who has achieved significant international acclaim, is a rare and eagerly awaited guest in Tampere. The busy conductor last led the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2013. Mälkki regularly collaborates with top orchestras throughout Europe and North America and is in high demand with major opera houses such as the Opéra national de Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Wiener Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera. In Finland, she was the Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from 2016 to 2023 and continues her visits as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Emeritus.

“It’s been a while since I last conducted in Tampere, and I’m very excited to return to Tampere Hall where my proposal for the concert version of Fidelio was warmly received. Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera, is filled with magnificent music, and its themes of freedom and justice resonate with contemporary audiences”, Mälkki explains.

Premiered in 1805, Fidelio tells the story of Leonore (Miina-Liisa Värelä), an aristocratic woman who disguises herself as a prison guard to rescue her innocent husband, Florestan (Jussi Myllys), who has been wrongfully imprisoned. Other soloists are Tommi Hakala, Waltteri Torikka, Iida Antola, Tuomas Miettola, and Matti Turunen. The opera is particularly known for its impressive choral numbers, such as the Prisoners’ Chorus and the finale. Tampere Opera Choir consists of 80 singers, trained by choir conductor Heikki Liimola.

“It’s fantastic that we received the proposal from Susanna Mälkki to do a collaboration in Fidelio concertante! Together with Tampere Opera and the incredible soloists, we can offer the audience a unique experience that combines impressive music and lighting design”, says Eija Oravuo, General Manager of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra.

Opera productions at Tampere Hall consistently attract almost full houses, drawing opera enthusiasts from all over Finland to Tampere. Also, international groups have shown interest in high-quality opera productions in Tampere. The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation supports the development of Tampere Opera in the years 2024–2025.

“Increasing Tampere Opera’s performances has been a longstanding goal for us. Compared to traditional opera, concertante is lighter in terms of stage production, allowing for new production periods to be incorporated into our annual plan. In connection with Fidelio, we will also announce the new logo of Tampere Opera, and this visual update supports the strengthening of our operations”, says Suvi Leinonen, Artistic Director of Tampere Hall.

Beethoven: Fidelio in Concert

Thu 10 October 2024 at 7 pm
Sat 12 October 2024 at 3 pm
Main Auditorium, Tampere Hall

Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Tampere Opera Choir, choir conductor Heikki Liimola

Leonore – Miina-Liisa Värelä
Florestan – Jussi Myllys
Don Pizarro – Tommi Hakala
Don Fernando – Waltteri Torikka
Marzelline – Iida Antola
Jaquino – Tuomas Miettola
Rocco – Matti Turunen

Duration approximately 3 hours including one intermission. The performance is in German. Surtitles are available in Finnish.


  • Tickets 70/60/50 €
  • Pensioners 68/58/48 €
  • Children (until 16-year-olds) and students 25 €

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Additional information

Eija Oravuo
General Manager
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Tel. +358 50 388 7133

Suvi Leinonen
Artistic Director
Tampere Hall Ltd
Tel. +358 3 243 4031

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Communications Specialist
Tampere Hall Ltd
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