Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen was joined by Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION) for a special performance at the 2017 edition of the Metalfest Open Air on June 3 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Video footage of their collaboration, along with a pre-show interview conducted by Spark TV, can be seen below.
Turunen originally collaborated with Den Adel on the WITHIN TEMPTATION song “Paradise (What About Us?)” which can be found on the band’s sixth studio album, “Hydra”, released in January 2014.
Den Adel previously stated about the band’s collaboration with Turunen: “When we had written the first version of ‘Paradise’ and listened back to the demo we’d recorded and the epic power of the song, we thought of Tarja instantly. How well this track would fit her classical voice and how extra special it would be if we sang it together. The more we thought about this wild idea, the more excited we got about it!”
Following several video trailers teasing the track, fans speculated on the band’s Facebook page who the duet would be with, some guessing it couldn’t possibly be a “competing” artist like Tarja. However, the two singers had no hesitation joining forces, having never thought of themselves as competitors. Sharon continued: “Of course I didn’t know what to expect from Tarja, as we’d never actually met in person ’till June [of 2013]. Our first encounter was via a Skype call we’d set-up to discuss the collaboration and we immediately clicked, not only creatively but personally. After we’d spoken, it felt completely natural that we would do this together!”