Biography in English
Biography in English
Tuuli Takala is a soprano from Helsinki, Finland, praised for her ‘luscious voice’ (HBL), ‘captivating stage presence’ (Helsingin Sanomat) and her ‘rich timbre and brilliant, assured coloraturas’ (Opernwelt Magazine). She is quickly garnering attention and success both in Finland and abroad, emerging as one of the most exciting international talents of her day. As of the 2017-18 season she is a member of the soloist ensemble at the renowned Semperoper in Dresden, Germany.
Tuuli made her professional operatic debut in the Finnish National Opera in 2013 as the Queen of the Night in W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. This role has grown to be one of Takala’s signature roles, which she has already performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Klagenfurt, Essen, Toulon, Finnish National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival et al. In addition to the Queen of the Night, Takala’s celebrated roles include Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Semperoper Dresden & the Savonlinna Opera Festival, as well as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) in the Finnish National Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, and most recently Marguerite (Faust/Gounod) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival 2018.
In 2015-17 Takala was a member of the ‘Young Ensemble’ (Junges Ensemble) of the Semperoper Dresden. During these years she thrilled Dresden audiences in roles including Gilda (Rigoletto), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Waldvogel (Siegfried), Frasquita (Carmen) and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro).
In the current season of 2018-19 at the Semperoper, Tuuli will repeat her portrayals of Gilda (Rigoletto), the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), and Marzelline (Fidelio). She will also add new exciting roles to her repertoire, such as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe) and Echo in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos conducted by Christian Thielemann. In February 2019 Tuuli makes her debut at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden as the Queen of the Night in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, directed by Yuval Sharon and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. In May 2019 Tuuli will make her house debut at Volksoper Wien in Vienna in the same role.
On the concert podium she will perform with the Tampere Philharmonic lead by Santtu-Matias Rouvali (Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and songs by Richard Strauss), the Staatskapelle Dresden under Vladimir Jurowski (Mendelssohn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum) and the Tapiola Sinfonietta in a program of Debussy’s Verlaine songs, conducted by Mario Venzago. Tuuli will end her season with W.A. Mozart’s Great Mass in c minor at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.
Tuuli is a prize winner in various international and national singing competitions. In July 2013 Tuuli won First Prize in both the Timo Mustakallio – and the Kangasniemi singing competitions in Finland, and in April 2013 she was a finalist and the Arnold Schönberg Center Special Prize recipient in the 8th International Hilde Zadek singing competition in Vienna, Austria. In July 2015 Tuuli was a finalist and prize winner at the 34th International Hans Gabor Belvedere singing competition in Amsterdam.
In 2014 Tuuli was named Young Musician of the Year by the Pro Musica Foundation in Finland. In 2018 she was named Female Singer of the Year at the 1st AINO Opera Gala in Finland and later that year she was also the recipient of the Curt Taucher Award from the Semperoper Foundation in Dresden, Germany.
Tuuli received her education (Master of Music) at the Sibelius Academy Opera Program in Helsinki, under the guidance of soprano Ritva-Liisa Korhonen. During this time she performed in the roles of Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and La Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims). Previously Tuuli has studied singing and vocal pedagogy at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (2011-2014) and music education in the Sibelius Academy, from which she holds a Bachelor of Music degree.
In addition to opera and musical theater, Tuuli is an active performer of lied and oratorio music, and is a sought-after concert soloist. She has performed in song recital and concerts all around Finland, as well as in London, Vienna and Tokyo. In December 2017 Tuuli was the soprano soloist of the renowned Advent Concert in the Frauenkirche, Dresden, alongside Diana Damrau and Benjamin Appl, with the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Christian Thielemann. The concert was televised by the ZDF and broadcast all over Europe. Tuuli’s church music repertoire includes various cantatas, the Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion and Mass in B minor by J.S. Bach, Händel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mendelssohn’s Elias. She has also performed as a soloist with many prominent Finnish choirs and orchestras, in works such as Requiem and Exsultate jubilate by W.A. Mozart, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria.
Tuuli was born into a musical family in Helsinki, Finland in 1987. She began her musical education at age 5 with the violin, which remained her main instrument for almost 15 years. Since she was 6 years old she also sang in various choirs, including the renowned Tapiola Choir and the EMO Ensemble.
Tuuli’s studies, development and artistic work have been generously supported by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the Pro Musica and the Sibelius Academy Foundations, as well as the Helsinki Svenska Teatern.
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