Vilppu Kiljunen


Vilppu Kiljunen
Director
Vilppu Kiljunen was born in 1960. He is a freelance opera stage director whose works can be seen in Finland and abroad. He 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. He also studied violin at the Sibelius Academy, dance among others at the Finnish National Opera Ballet School, and pantomime at the international school of Marcel Marceau in Paris. In 1990, he graduated as a Master of Arts in Stage Directing from the Theater Academy in Helsinki. Kiljunen was the artistic director of the Theater Pieni Suomi (Small Finland) 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. He has performed in theater productions, movies, and the performance art. Kiljunen debuted as an opera director with Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito in 1993. In addition to his work on the main stages in Finland, he has staged operas abroad in Sweden, Middle Europe as well as in Russia at the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. At the Hungarian State Opera he staged The Mine and Love.