Rare footage of former NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen singing a cover version of the song "Ben" by Michael Jackson accompanied by her first music teacher Plamen Dimov on the piano can be viewed below (courtesy of Anette Olzon Central). The clip was apprently filmed in 1994 when Tarja was just 17 years old.
Turunen will perform as a guest soprano at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Savonlinna, Finland. She will appear on July 17 with world-famous Argentinean tenor José Cura and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra.
More than 300 artists from 12 countries will perform during the 2011 edition of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, which will take place between July 1 and July 27.
For more details and ticket information, go to this location.
Tarja's sophomore solo album, "What Lies Beneath", sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 24 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"What Lies Beneath" was released in North America on September 14 via The End Records. The CD's first single, "Falling Awake" (featuring Jason Hook from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), was released August 17 as a limited-edition seven-inch single through The Omega Order and available August 24 at all digital outlets . The track is backed with "The Good Die Young" — a song from the SCORPIONS' most recent album that features Tarja's vocals.