Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano

Lilli Paasikivi is in demand for concerts at the highest level and notable performances have included: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Wagner's Wesendonk-Lieder with Janos Furst; Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and also Gurrelieder with Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen; the world premiere of Shchedrin's The Enchanted Wanderer with New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel; Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky and On Guard for Peace with the Philharmonia under Vladimir Ashkenazy; Zemlinsky's Maeterlinck Lieder with Münchner Philharmoniker under Susanna Mälkki; Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Mariss Jansons; and Elgar's The Dream of Gerontious with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Ashkenzay. Last season she made her concert débuts with Cincinnati Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra both under the baton of Paavo Järvi, New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas and Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. As principal soloist at Finnish National Opera, roles have included Carmen, Angelina (La cenerentola), Cordelia in Sallinen's King Lear, Dorabella (Cosiì fan tutte), Marguerite (La damnation de Faust), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marchesa Melibea in Dario Fo's production of Il viaggio a Reims; Varvara (Katya Kabanova), Aleksandra Fjodorovna in Rautavaara's Rasputin and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). Elsewhere she made her début at the Châtelet in the role of The Pilgrim in Saariaho's opera L'amour de loin, sang the role of Jitsuko Honda in the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's Hanjo at Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, made her house and role débuts at Opéra de Lyon as The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and returned to Aix to sing Fricka in Das Rheingold.

Lilli Paasikivi's discography on Ondine includes a critically acclaimed recording of Alma Mahler's Complete Songs with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Jorma Panula. Highlights of the 2006-07 season have included Brangäne under the baton of Kazushi Ono in La Monnaie's new production of Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold at the Salzburg Spring Festival and Fricka in Die Walküre at Festival d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

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Aulis Sallinen
King Lear
Opera in Two Acts
DVD video

Matti Salminen
Lilli Paasikivi, Taina Piira, Satu Vihavainen, Jorma Hynninen, Sauli Tiilikainen, Jorma Silvasti, Aki alamikkotervo, Hannu Forsberg
ODV 4010

Released 04/2015

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Finnish National Opera Christmas
Suomen Kansallisoopperan joulu
Finnish National Opera Soloists, Choir, Children's Choir and Orchestra
Michael Güttler, conductor
ODE 1257-2

Released 10/2014

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Aulis Sallinen
The King Goes Forth to France - Opera in Three Acts

Tommi Hakala, baritone
Jyrki Korhonen, bass
Riikka Rantanen, mezzo-soprano
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Mari Palo, soprano
Laura Nykänen, contralto
Jyrki Anttila, tenor
Herman Wallén, baritone
Santeri Kinnunen, spoken role
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Okko Kamu, conductor
ODE 1066-2D (2CD)

Released 02/2006

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Einojuhani Rautavaara
Rasputin - Opera in Three Acts
Matti Salminen, Rasputin
Lilli Paasikivi, Tsarina Alix
Jorma Hynninen, Tsar Nicholas
Jyrki Anttila, Felix Yusupov
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
Finnish National Opera Chorus
Mikko Franck, conductor
ODV 4003 (DVD Video)

Released 05/2005

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