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"If you ever see a red trumpet – Buy it!" (Me at five)

My name is Jasper Leppänen. I am a singer and musician from Tampere. Music and theatre have always been a part of my life. I started playing the trumpet when I was a kid after seeing a shiny red trumpet in the window of a music store. Not quite the instrument my parents were thinking about but I was sold and since then I’ve played and performed music in different forms. 

My first experiences in a professional theatre were when I was ten years old. In a way I feel like there wasn’t much deciding when I started to pursue becoming a professional musician after high school. After studying the trumpet for couple of years singing took over. In the end I graduated from the conservatory with two degrees. While I was studying music I also did studies of musical theatre and worked on stage. This time really made me sure that theatre is where I would like to work in “when I grow up”. 

I see opera and musical theatre as an art form where music can be utilized to the fullest. In those art forms text, rhythm and harmony can all be used in such a vast variety of ways to describe emotion or progress drama. What I want to bring to opera is my experience in multiple fields of music and music theatre. I also want to challenge myself and try to find everything that is possible in opera.

Teksti: Jasper Leppänen

The new opera ensemble begun their Master's studies at the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki in 2019. This November they will take the stage for the first time in Sempre, sempre! production, offering scenes and arias from different operas. Performances on November 28th, 29th and 30th. In this Opera behind the scenes blog the ensemble will present themselves before stepping on the Sonore hall stage in the Helsinki Music Centre.