Video footage of the unboxing of the mediabook version of "Act I", the first-ever live solo album from former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen, can be seen below. The effort will be unleashed to North American fans on September 4 in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-ray format via the Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC.
The first-ever live audio/video offering from the former NIGHTWISH soprano, "Act I" is a mammoth undertaking recorded and filmed with 10 HD cameras at the breathtaking Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina in March 2012. With an elaborate track listing of solo tunes, NIGHTWISH classics and various covers, including a rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom Of The Opera", Gary Moore's "Over The Hills And Far Away", WHITESNAKE's "Still Of The Night" and a variety of video extras, "Act I" provides a full-fledged bill of fare to every diehard Tarja fan.
Comments Turunen of the offering: "Those two nights in Rosario were a huge emotional drive to me personally," adding that she was many times "ready to burst into tears."
"Act I" track listing:
01. Anteroom Of Death 02. My Little Phoenix 03. Dark Star 04. Naiad 05. Falling Awake 06. I Walk Alone 07. Little Lies 08. Into The Sun (previously unreleased) 09. Nemo (NIGHWISH) 10. Never Enough (previously unreleased) 11. Still Of The Night (WHITESNAKE) 12. In For A Kill
01. Boy And The Ghost 02. Lost Northern Star 03. Ciaran's Well 04. Tired Of Being Alone (written with Schiller) 05. Where Were You Last Night / Heaven Is A Place On Earth / Livin' On A Prayer (Medley) 06. Underneath 07. Oasis / The Archive Of Lost Dreams 08. Crimson Deep 09. The Phantom Of The Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) 10. Die Alive 11. Until My Last Breath 12. Over The Hills And Far Away (Gary Moore)
01. If You Believe 02. Anteroom Of Death 03. My Little Phoenix 04. Dark Star 05. Naiad 06. Falling Awake 07. I Walk Alone 08. Orpheus Hallucination / Orpheus In The Underworld 09. Little Lies (band jam) 10. Little Lies 11. Into The Sun (previously unreleased) 12. Nemo 13. Rivers Of Lust 14. Minor Heaven 15. Montañas De Silencio 16. Sing For Me 17. I Feel Immortal 18. Never Enough (previously unreleased) 19. In For A Kill 20. Toccata And Fugue D-minor (BWV 565) (Johann Sebastian Bach) 21. The Phantom Of The Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber) 22. Die Alive 23. Until My Last Breath 24. Over The Hills And Far Away (Gary Moore)
01. Boy And The Ghost 02. Lost Northern Star 03. Ciaran's Well 04. Tired Of Being Alone (written with Schiller) 05. Where Were You Last Night / Heaven Is A Place On Earth / Livin' On A Prayer (Medley) 06. Underneath 07. The Reign 08. Oasis/The Archive Of Lost Dreams 09. Still Of The Night (WHITESNAKE)
Blu-ray track listing is the same as DVD 1 and 2.
A teaser trailer for "Act I" can be seen below.
In other news, Tarja is in pre-production for her third solo album, which is expected to be released sometime next year. She says, "I have 25 songs where to choose the best ones for the album. Some of the musicians are already working on them with me."
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, 2010 via The End Records.