"The Light of Christmas" is Finnish soprano Johanna Lehesvuori's debut solo album. Recorded with pianist Jenna Ristilä, Johanna envisioned to record famous Ave Maria-songs by Schubert, Bach-Gounod and Caccini. She was also inspired and excited to sing two Maria related songs in Finnish and three in Swedish. On this release, she also interprets traditional Finnish Christmas songs, and premieres new music, making this a fresh outing, bright and full of "The Light of Christmas".
Johanna Lehesvuori, a coloratura soprano, is one of the most expressive voices of her generation. She will graduate with her Master's Degree in classical singing from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in Spring 2015. However, as an established soloist, she has performed in several opera productions since 2006. Her performance career also includes musical theatre, Lied concerts and church recitals (i.e. numerous solo concerts, and guest soloist with several choirs and orchestras). Johanna also works as a freelance musician and as a sought-after vocal training instructor. Additionally, she has worked as a concert producer at several occasions.
Helsingin sanomat (The Helsinki Daily) calls her performance of Carolina in Cimarosa; Il matrimonio segreto as a "fresh and beautiful lyric soprano, combined with advanced technical skills."