Ilmajoki Music Festival
8 June 2023 – 18 June 2023 | Ilmajoki
Summer 2023 will witness the premiere of an opera about Marimekko founder Armi Ratia, composed by Eeva Kontu with libretto and direction by Heta Haanperä. The role of Armi will be sung by mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi. The work is orchestrated by Marko Hilpo and will be conducted by Kaapo Ijas. The tale of Armi Ratia overflows with legendary Marimekko anecdotes, celebrations and the pinnacle of success, counterbalanced by great despair, disappointment, anger and the struggle to love and be loved. The opera draws a portrait of a memorably strong woman seeking and failing to fit into the role that was customised for her. The festival programme will also include a wide range of concerts.