In summer 2004 directed opera Taikahuilu (Zauberflute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
) at Nilsiä Quarry Arena, although in early July he had gastric ulcer and thus had to take couple weeks of sick leave.
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His wife Tanja Karpela
was a Minister of a culture in Finland 24 June 2003 - 19 April 2007.