Essi Luttinen. Photo: Alejandro Lorenzo.
Tue 6.11.2018 06.00 pm Cathedral, Savonlinna
Savonlinna Church Music Week
Wed 7.11.2018 06.00 pm Varkaus Main Church, Varkaus
Fri 9.11.2018 07.00 pm The House of Nobility, Helsinki
The Residency Series at the House of Nobility
Tue 20.11.2018 07.00 pm Town Hall, Hämeenlinna
Wed 21.11.2018 07.00 pm Kangasala Arts Centre, Kangasala

Il prete rosso – The Red Priest

The best of Vivaldi


Essi Luttinen, mezzosoprano
Jani Sunnarborg, bassoon (not 20.–21.11.)
Kreeta-Maria Kentala, violin and leading
Finnish Baroque Orchestra


A charming duet consisting of a mezzo-soprano and a bassoon take us into Vivaldi’s lively world of music. ”Il prete rosso”, the redheaded priest of Venice, Antonio Vivaldi is especially known for his concertos, but he composed all forms of Baroque pieces from operas to chamber music.

He was also interested in new instruments, those that usually did not make it to the limelight at that time. The husky and low-pitched bassoon was an innovation of the Baroque time, and Vivaldi was so excited by the instrument that he composed tens of solo concertos for the bassoon, of which one will now be performed by Jani Sunnarborg.

Mezzo-soprano Essi Luttinen reveals the two faces of Vivaldi the vocal composer. The dramatic motet Longe mala, umbrae, terrores begs the heavenly light to cleanse the world from war and violence. The last half of the concert forms a nuanced musical journey, with orchestra concertos alternating with Vivaldi’s opera arias. The piece ending the concert will be the aria Agitata da due venti from the opera Griselda, in which the young and distressed heroine Costanza contemplates her destiny, torn between love and duties. Fortunately, love conquers in the end.

The Finnish Baroque Orchestra feels the most at home in Vivaldi’s colourful concertos. The string concertos of the night are from the remarkable collection L'estro armonico, The Harmonic Inspiration, which was Vivaldi’s first printed concerto collection.  It was the starting point for the Vivaldi fever that spread to England and Germany and had numerous composers reproduce his pioneering musical form, the concerto. 

Duration: 1 h 45 min (incl. intermission)

Petteri Pitko introduces the concert at the House of Nobility on 9 November from 18–18.30.

Tickets 20 € at the door

Programmes 10/15 € at the door

Tickets 14,50/29/37 € (price according to venue): Ticketmaster’s points of purchase, and ticket sale at the door, whether there are tickets left.

Series tickets to all three Residency Concerts: 68/88 €. Series tickets are sold until the first concert on October 21st. 

When buying series tickets at Ticketmaster’s points of purchase, you can choose your seats. It is also possible to choose seats when buying tickets from Ticketmaster by phone: 0600 10 800 (1,98 €/min + lnc).

The series ticket can also be bought from Ticketmaster’s online shop, but without the possibility to choose seats, as the best seats are automatically suggested. You can of course choose the price range yourself.

Request a group discount:

Tickets 25/20* € + possible service fee 2,50–3 €, series ticket to three concerts in Raatihuone 70/55* € + possible service fee 4 €: Ticketmaster’s points of purchase, (tickets / series tickets) and ticket sale at the door, whether there are tickets left.

Tickets 25/23*/10* €: Kangasala-talo, Lippupiste's point of purchases, and ticket sale at the door, whether there are tickets left.

* discount groups