Fragments from Medea

Medea by Benda (Salome Kammer), Medeamaterial by Pascal Dusapin (Medea: Piia Komsi).
Production 2017 Bologna Teatro Comunale.

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Bologna 2017: Medea/Medeamaterial

by Pascal Dusapin
Opera libretto by Heiner Mueller (1992) for soprano, voice quartet, chorus and orchestra

Teatro Comunale di Bologna
October 11th – 12th, 2017

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Photos: Rocco Casaluci
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Cafe Budapest Festival: The Sirens Cycle by Péter Eötvös

Piia Komsi with the Calder Quartet, and Péter Eötvös
Cafe Budapest Festival, October 15th 2017

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Photo credit: Posztós János / CAFe Budapest

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Bologna Modern 2017: Medea / Medeamaterial

As part of Bologna Modern 2017, the contemporary music theatre Medeamaterial – by French composer Pascal Dusapin and with libretto by the German poet, writer and dramatist Heiner Müller, is combined with the 1775 one-act play Medea by Georg Benda.


Medea by Evelyn de Morgan, 1889

Teatro Comunale di Bologna
October 11th – 12th, 2017 at 8:00 pm – TICKETS ONLINE

by Georg Benda
Melodrama in one act – libretto by Wilhelm Gotter | for actors and orchestra

by Pascal Dusapin
Opera libretto by Heiner Mueller (1992) for soprano, voice quartet, chorus and orchestra


Salome Kammer
Paul Suter


Piia Komsi
Paul Suter

Quartetto vocale
Gabriella Costa, soprano
Sabina Martin, soprano
Katarzyna Otczyk, mezzosoprano
Konstantin Derri, controtenore

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Marco Angius
Ideazione e regia
Pamela Hunter

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Helsinki Chamber Music Festival: “Klasari viihteellä”

Wednesday, July 5th 2017: Bryggerin lava. Performing Noaiddi and Aurinko isäni by composer Aija Puurtinen.

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New York: Great Reviews for Wing on Wing

” (..) their parts were sung with voluptuous colorings by the sisters Anu and Piia Komsi.” New York Times
“Sister sopranos Anu and Piia Komsi were extraordinary in the stratospheric vocal parts, starting onstage and reappearing in other spots around the hall.” New York Classical Review

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May 19th: Premiere with New York Philharmonic

Coming soon: The New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’sWing on Wing, with sopranos Piia Komsi and Anu Komsi and the New York Philharmonic!

Wing on Wing is included in the program of ‘Alan Gilbert’s Farewell Concerts’, titled ‘Kavakos Plays Brahms’.

There will be three performances on the stage of the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center:

Friday, May 19th, Saturday, May 20th, and Tuesday, May 23rd.

New York Philharmonic


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Rave Reviews for Sirens Cycle

World Premiere: Péter Eötvös’ The Sirens Cycle, Wigmore Hall London
Piia Komsi performing with the the Calder Quartet, October 1st, 2016

“And the outstanding soprano Piia Komsi, taking over from Barbara Hannigan, was equal to its extreme demands, smoothly switching between English, ancient Greek and German.” – Hannah Nepil, Financial Times

“Most of all, though, the whole 40-minute work sets a fearsome test for any coloratura soprano, and Komsi passed it superbly, meeting every challenge with real operatic brilliance.” – Andrew Clements, The Guardian

“Although Barbara Hannigan was scheduled to sing, I was thrilled to hear that Piia Komsi was stepping in at very short notice indeed, for Komsi’s voice is phenomenal, capable of extremes of pitch and textures beyond the range of most, combined with extraordinarily crisp articulation. Her voice is almost superhumanly elastic, her diction precise even in phrases as convoluted as those thrown at her by Joyce and Eötvös. She embodied the Sirens, supernatural beings who defy the boundaries of Nature. Komsi’s death-defying flights up and down the scale could drive one mad with rapture. Komsi is a vocal gymnast, but so poised that she can make the ethereal sound perfectly natural. (..) Eötvös captures the metre of the poet’s individual language. The lines seem to curve upon themselves like sonorous echoes. The Sirens (or rather Komsi and the Calder Quartet) seduce in honeyed tones: Komsi’s voice warms sensuously, the violins, viola and cello singing along with her, in luscious chorus.” – Anne Ozorio,  Opera Today

“The focus of the evening was the world premiere of Eötvös’s The Sirens Cycle, settings of James Joyce, Homer and Kafka for high soprano. The extraordinarily demanding vocals were taken on superbly by Piia Komsi (sister of Anu) at short notice, following the withdrawal of Barbara Hannigan. Komsi was amazing.” – Amanda-Jane Doran, Classical Source

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World Premiere: Piia Komsi and Calder Quartet: The Siren’s Cycle by Peter Eötvös

Wigmore Hall, London, Saturday 1 October 2016 7:30PM

“Soprano Piia Komsi, known for her daring musicality and highly expressive performances, is celebrated around the world for her interpretations of contemporary repertoire. She joins the Calder Quartet, winner of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, for the world première of The SIRENS CYCLE by Peter Eötvös.

The Hungarian composer’s new score for Wigmore Hall explores the full range of Hannigan’s striking coloratura voice. The programme opens with Korrespondenz, a series of three vivid ‘scenes’ for string quartet completed in 1993.”

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Warsaw Autumn: Le Malentendu

Piia Komsi performing the role of Martha in the European premiere of Fabian Panisello’s opera Le Malentendu. Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, September 17, 2016

Program September 17th

Program September 18th


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