Multi-tasking Musician and opera singer, Annika Mylläri, graduated from Sibelius Academy and resided in USA for 10 years. She made her debut both in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), worked with Opera New York and performed with own recitals and as a soloist.
After returning to Finland in 2003, Annika founded the West Coast Kokkola Opera company with soprano Anu Komsi and maestro Sakari Oramo. The company produced its first Kokkola Opera Summer festival in 2006 and Annika has performed as a soloist in most of the productions. In 2008 WCKO received the Finnish Governmet Arts Award and in 2009 a recording of Sebastian Fagerlund’s Döbeln opera (BIS SACD-1790) received “Record of the Year” from the Finnish Broadcasting company.
In 2015 the company’s recording of the opera Ahti Karjalainen – elämä, Kekkonen ja teot (Ahti Karjalainen – life, Kekkonen and works) by Heinz-Juhani Hofmann will be released. The opera received its world premiere in 2012 and toured in Espoo Theatre 2013. In addition Kokkola Opera Summer will celebrate its 10th festival with Jean Sibelius: Maiden in the Tower and a world premiere opera by Seppo Pohjola, The Maiden of Harrbåda.
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