Vilppu Kiljunen

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(stage director)

Vilppu Kiljunen is a freelance opera stage director whose works can be seen in Finland and abroad. Kiljunen has contributed to the Savonlinna Opera Festival through its artistic committee and is currently a member of its council. Kiljunen started out by studying musicology and drama as well as theoretical philosophy at the Helsinki University (1979–82). He also studied violin at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music (1974–81), dance among others at the Finnish National Opera Ballet School (1980–82), and pantomime at the international school of Marcel Marceau in Paris (1984–90). In 1990, he graduated as a Master of Arts in Stage Directing from the Theatre Academy of Finland and continued with post-graduate studies at the Russian University of Theatre Arts in the same year. Kiljunen was the artistic director of the Theatre Pieni Suomi (Small Finland, 1997–2000) and taught at the Arts Academy of Turku, at the Aalto University School of Design, at the Theater Academy Helsinki, and at the Sibelius Academy. Kiljunen debuted as an opera director with Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” in 1992 (Espoo Culture Center). His recent productions include Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”, Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” (both in 2013 at the Finnish National Opera), Hakola’s monologue opera “Akseli” (2013, Finnish Chamber Opera) and “La Fenice” (2012, Savonlinna Opera Festival), Menotti’s “The Consul” (2012, Sibelius Academy), Pulkkis’ “Five Women in a Chapel” (2012, Finnish Chamber Opera), Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” (2012, Tampere Opera), Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (2012, Vaasa Opera) and “The Queen of Spades” (2005, 2007, Finnish National Opera), “Sempre, sempre” to the music of various Italian composers (2011, Sibelius Academy), Kyllönen’s “Tango solo” (2011, Finnish Chamber Opera), Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” (2010, Finnish National Opera), “Macbeth” (2009, Royal Swedish Opera), “La traviata” (2008, Jyväskyla Opera Association), “Rigoletto” (2004, Göteborg Opera) and “La forza del destino” (2006, Stadttheater Bern), Glass’ “The Fall of the House of Usher” (2009, Finnish Chamber Opera), Rautavaara’s “The House of the Sun” (2009, Sibelius Academy, University of Texas, Austin) and “Rasputin” (2003, Finnish National Opera; 2005, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg), Händel’s “Acis and Galatea” (2008, Helsinki University Fest Hall), Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (2008, Sibelius Academy), Sallinen’s “The Horsman” (2006, Bolshoi Theatre; 2005, Savonlinna Opera Festival) and many more.

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