31 days, 31 gifts – Tarja Turunen Edition!

Today you will be left speechless by the phenomenal, Tarja Turunen. This breathtaking woman was previously a member of the amazing Finnish band, Nightwish. Tarja is a lyric soprano, and her voice with Tuomas Holopainen’s truly stunning lyrics…a match made in Heaven. This woman is just…she’s amazing. Her voice conveys such emotion, that on some of the Nightwish songs, you just sit there listening, with a lump in your throat.

Nightwish do a cover of ‘Over the Hills & Far Away’, it’s just…it’s stunning. They also do a version of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ – I’ve heard loads of covers of this song, but their version of it, just blows me away. I was fortunate enough to see Nightwish, while Tarja was still with them – seeing them perform PotO is one of my fondest memories.

Nightwish – Phantom of the Opera, performed live…

Nightwish – Over the Hills & Far Away music video…

Tarja left Nightwish in 2005, and has gone on to record 3 successful solo albums. While I still adore her, who couldn’t adore a voice like hers?, I do still love her work with Nightwish, over her solo albums. Nightwish are still going strong – they’ve just released a new album ‘Imaginaerum’ – they have a new female vocalist, Anette Olzon, while Anette is outstanding, she’s no Tarja =/

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