The queen of operatic Metal makes a rare appearance in Northern California on June 30

By Eddie Jorgensen

Although Finnish soprano singer Tarja Turunen is known for her work fronting the symphonic metal greats, Nightwish, her solo career has eclipsed everyone’s expectations and earned her numerous accolades. This Friday’s appearance by Turunen at the UC Theatre in Berkeley is the last show of her highly publicized and anticipated 12-city run. She’s dubbed the concert series ‘Living the Dream Tour 2023.’

The 45-year-old songstress has plenty of fans who’ve been clamoring for more music from her, even after her last full-length album ‘In the Raw’ was released in 2019. Turunen’s label earMUSIC has also issued a wonderful collection dubbed ‘Best Of: Living The Dream’ in 2022: It chronicles some of the highlights of her six solo releases, as well as a new song, ‘Eye Of The Storm.’

For new fans not versed in Turunen’s solo albums, her 2007 release and second in her catalog – ‘My Winter Storm’ – is considered an ideal starting point. With a three-and-a-half octave range, Turunen’s voice – and vocal calisthenics found within – are sure to win over naysayers when it comes to the metal and classical world being mixed together.

Special guest Chaoseum opens the show. Doors open are at 7 p.m. and things kick off promptly at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $35 and can be purchased at UC Theatre is located at 2036 University Avenue in Berkeley. All ages are welcome.

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