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Free Will premiere recording

Posted July 30, 2012 by Päivi Salmi 1 Thumb-up 

Here you can watch recording of Free Will premiere July 21 2012. The performance was streamed online.

Enjoy :)


Amy Donovan August 03, 2012 11:23 Flag

When is it going to be released finally?

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Crowdsourcing seminar 21th July in the Festival

Posted June 11, 2012 by Päivi Salmi 0 Thumb-ups 

Invitation 11.6.2012

Hi all Opera by You members! You are all invited to the Opera by You seminar which explores crowdsourcing in culture production.

Public seminar "Crowdsourcing in Culture Production, Case by Opera by You" deals with our great project. Speaking at the seminar are Rovio’s Marketing Director Peter Vesterbacka and Pia Erkinheimo, Nokia’s Head of Crowdsourcing, among others.

Free Will opera – produced by you all - will premiere on the 21st of July 2012 in Savonlinna, Finland. Crowdsourcing in Culture Production seminar takes place on the same day. The purpose of the seminar is to explore crowdsourcing as a resource for business and the Opera by You project. The participants of the seminar include some well-known Finnish speakers.

Seminar will be opened by General Manager of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Jan Hultin, who will step aside after this season. Pauli Aalto-Setälä, CEO of Aller Media Finland, will continue by presenting how crowdsourcing is utilized in Finnish enterprises. Other speakers are Opera By You’s operatives. Taking part are also active members of the online community, Nancy Somerville from USA and Italian Enrico de Zottis. Participating in the panel discussion are Peter Vesterbacka from Rovio, Pia Erkinheimo, the Head of Crowdsourcing at Nokia, Timo Vuorensola from Blind Spot Pictures and Päivi Salmi, the Project Manager of Opera by You.

The seminar is open both to the public and to media. There is no participation fee but enrolling is required. The panel discussion, as well as the speeches, will be held in English. As English is also the language of the opera Free Will.

Crowdsourcing in Culture Production, Case Opera by You seminar

Saturday, 21st July 2012
Time: 13–15
Venue: Fringeklubi, Kalmarinkatu 10, Savonlinna, Finland


Opening: Jan Hultin

Opera by You: The first ever opera made by an internet community.
Why and how was it done?

Chairman: Pauli Aalto-Setälä, CEO of Aller Media Finland


Jan Hultin, General Manager, Savonlinna Opera Festival

Opera by You operative group:
- Markus Fagerudd, Composer
- Jere Erkkilä, Stage Director
- Iida Hämeen-Anttila, Scriptwriter
- Samuli Laine, Visualist
- Jukka Pohjolainen, Head of Production, Savonlinna Opera Festival
Päivi Salmi, Project Manager

Nancy Somerville, Opera by You community member
Enrico de Zottis, Opera by You community member

Panel discussion: How has your organization utilized crowdsourcing
and how do you evaluate Opera by You project?

Peter Vesterbacka, Marketing Director, Rovio
Pia Erkinheimo, Head of Crowdsourcing, Nokia
Timo Vuorensola, Director, Blind Spot Pictures
Päivi Salmi, Project Manager, Savonlinna Opera Festival

Accreditation/ media: – accreditation to Crowdsourcing in Culture Production seminar & Free Will world premiere:

General Accreditation:

Opera By You project – current information
Italian Graziano Gallo’s Free Will has been chosen as the theme of the opera. The three geniuses are Mozart, Oscar Wilde and Joan of Arc. The fourth lead is Lucifer. Opera will take place in year 2012. Libretto has been written and pianoscore is ready. Also stage sets design and costume design have been finalized. Online community is currently working on stage direction and marketing activities.

Community’s work culminates in end of June, when anyone can participate in stage directing online by commenting straight to Free Will’s director Jere Erkkilä, located on set in Savonlinna.


Morgan Boston March 05, 2013 10:46 Flag

Yeah hearty congratulations to the Team.
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Hannu Hoffrén July 22, 2012 00:25 Flag

Just arrived at home a while ago. What a trip, it was really great to see WaMmers in face to face and the opera.. amazingly good work! Congratulations to the whole team!!

Enrico De Zottis June 11, 2012 21:20 Flag

It will be an honour.


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Special Offer for YOU!

Posted May 09, 2012 by Päivi Salmi 0 Thumb-ups 

Dear Member of the Opera by You community

Would you like to attend the world premiere of our unique community opera plus an afternoon seminar for the package price of €52.50 per person?

July 21, 2012 is a historic day for global opera, for that it is the day scheduled for the premiere of the world’s first community opera, Free Will. The thoughts, ideas and plans of our Opera by You community will become flesh and blood, theatre, music and plot on the Olavinlinna Castle stage. It will be sooooo exciting to see what sort of opera we have created!

Seminar at 13.00 on July 21

On the premiere day of the opera Free Will we are holding a seminar to discuss working as a community and the use of crowdsourcing to create an opera. We will exchange experiences of the Opera by You project, and well-known speakers will share their views on community product development. Speaking at the seminar will be

• The Opera By You operatives: composer Markus Fagerudd, stage director Jere Erkkilä, stage designer Samuli Laine, librettist Iida Hämeen-Anttila and project manager Päivi Salmi
• Chief Marketing Officer Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio
• Head of Crowdsourcing Pia Erkinheimo, Nokia Ideas Project
• The director of the film Iron Sky, Timo Vuorensola, Blind Spot Pictures

The number of tickets is limited.
Online bookings only, campaign code STUDENT12. Buy here online

Keep in mind that our work is still going on! And will get even more intense in June! Stay tuned.

Best, Päivi


Carol Hawks August 07, 2012 09:40 Flag

Is there any option for making a life time membership card here?

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Winners of the activity competition

Posted April 14, 2012 by Päivi Salmi 4 Thumb-ups 

Hi all Opera by You -members! Now I am very happy to announce the winners of community activity competition. 5 members that have been among the most active in creating Free Will community opera have been awarded with travel packages to the Savonlinna Opera Festival and world premiere of Free Will on 21st July 2012. Now all Opera By You community members have an opportunity to reach for Jorma Ollila Innovation Award which will be granted in July.

The winners of the travel packages were drawn among the 20 most active members of the online community. Lucky ones are: Javier Armendariz from Spain, Enrico de Zottis from Italy, Finnish Heli Nevakare and Nancy Somerville and Sabrina Pena Young from the United States of America.

However, the work of the community will be going on until the premiere, when three Jorma Ollila Innovation Awards are granted based on active participation. The award is an acknowledgement on special activeness and innovative ideas. Winners will be announced at an Opera By You seminar, held on the day of the premiere on 21st July.

Remember, that the project is not over yet. The online direction, the most exciting phase of the project, is starting in two months. We want to encourage all the current and new members to follow the direction process online, and take actively part in the interaction. Everyone is a potential winner of Jorma Ollila Innovation Award; activeness and ideas count.

All the winners, please contact me personally for the details of the prizes.

Have a nice weekend!

Best, Päivi


Enrico De Zottis June 04, 2012 11:08 Flag

Thanks, Seppo!

Javier Armendáriz June 04, 2012 07:08 Flag

Thank you Seppo!

Seppo Hiltunen April 20, 2012 21:09 Flag

congratulations for the winners!

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NOTE: Opera by You members prize draw

Posted March 30, 2012 by Päivi Salmi 0 Thumb-ups 

The time has come to do the prize draw of the competition for the most active members of the Opera by You community. We entered the names of the 20 most active members for a draw in which the prizes are five travel packages for the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the performance of the opera Free Will on July 21, 2012. More details on prizes will follow after the prize draw.

The short list of the most active Opera by You members (situation 30.3.2012)

- Heli Maaret Nevakare (FIN)
- Nancy Somerville (USA)
- Enrico de Zottis (ITA)
- Javier Armendariz (ESP)
- Phillip Wayne (FIN)
- Seppo Hiltunen (Fin)
- Antti Wiio (FIN)
- Daniel Vizitescu (ROM)
- Kela Ruuskanen (FIn)
- Timo Albert Hintsa (FIN)
- David Jansson (SWE)
- Graziano Gallo (ITA)
- Angela R (ITA)
- Toivo Pollari (FIN)
- Valentina Liski (FIN)
- Timo Airisto (FIN)
- Sabrina Pena Young (USA)
- Demetrio Bonvecchio (ITA)
- Liisa Niskanen (FIN)
- Rafael Perez Daniels (ESP)

Congratulations to the short list members! The prize draw will be held April 10 2012, just after the Eastern. So you have still some time to be more active and make your way to the short list!!

Our journey together is not over yet. Now we have still some very exciting phases left. You will have the unique possibility to follow and influence the stage direction ONLINE. This will happen in June 2012. More info will follow later.

REMEMBER: We have still some community tasks left, find below some examples

Stage direction design, few examples

Marketing planning

Please, go and listen the final pianoscore of Free Will

Best Päivi, your production leader


Javier Armendáriz April 13, 2012 18:18 Flag

Yes, it would be wonderful meet us there!

Kela Ruuskanen April 04, 2012 07:05 Flag

It would be wonderful if as many of us as possible could actually meet in Savonlinna this summer! Terveisia, Kela

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