Ex-NIGHTWISH Members TARJA TURUNEN And MARKO HIETALA Perform ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Live In Finland (Video)

Marko Hietala Tarja Turunen Live Finland 2023

Former members of NIGHTWISH, Tarja Turunen and Marko “Marco” Hietala, reunited for a special performance on August 3rd, 2023. The duo chose the historic Olavinlinna in Savonlinna as their stage to render a captivating cover of “Phantom Of The Opera.” Fan-filmed video footage from the performance can be seen below.

Marko left NIGHTWISH in January 2021 explaining in a statement that he hadn’t “been able to feel validated by this life for a quite a few years now.” He has since been replaced by session bassist Jukka Koskinen (WINTERSUN), who made his live debut with NIGHTWISH in May 2021 at the band’s two interactive experiences.

Turunen was fired from NIGHTWISH at the end of the band’s 2005 tour. Tuomas Holopainen and the other band members informed Turunen in an open letter that the band did not want to work with her any more, accusing her of diva-like behaviour and greed: “To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with emotions have become much more important.”

The split and, due to the open letter’s allegations, Turunen‘s character became the subject of close media coverage. Turunen responded through an open letter on her website and through some interviews in which she explained her view. She was upset that after nine years of working together, Holopainen announced the separation via an open letter.

In 2019, Turunen addressed speculations on her potential comeback to NIGHTWISH following her reunion with the band’s former bassist/vocalist Hietala in December 2017, clarifying that it was merely a one-time performance at a “Raskasta Joulua” concert in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

“I know a lot of fans would love to see something happen, but it’s a very long distance away,” Tarja told Kerrang! magazine. “Personally, I don’t see anything happening with me and them, to be perfectly honest. Marco came a little later into the band; he wasn’t there since the beginning. He was always a guy I was close to. Me and Tuomas Holopainen, however, haven’t seen each other in a long time… but we have been in touch. It’s not bad. The past is what it is; we can’t change that. We can only change the future.”