BiographyFinnish mezzo soprano Tuija Knihtilä studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki before pursuing further studies in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste and Zurich at the International Opera Studio.
Until 2010 she was engaged as a soloist in the ensemble of the Finnish National Opera, where she performed in productions like Così fan tutte, Rigoletto, Carmen, and particularly distinguished herself in the role of Amneris/Aida. Since 2004 she is a regular guest at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
The past seasons saw Ms. Knihtilä’s great success as Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos, as Venus/Tannhäuser at the Oslo Opera, her debut as Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde in Weimar, and her participation in the world premiere of Kimmo Hakola’s opera La Fenice at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Furthermore, she returned to Oslo as Santuzza/Cavalleria Rusticana and Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde, the latter resulting in an immediate invitation and her debut at the Teatro la Fenice in a production of Myung Whun Chung.
Further highlights of the recent past include performances as Brangäne in Chemnitz, Amneris in Sao Paulo and Texas, Venus/Tannhäuser in Copenhagen and Frankfurt, the latter in a production by Vera Nemirova and under the baton of Constantin Trinks, her celebrated interpretation of Ortrud in Savonlinna in the summer of 2013, the new productions of Amneris/Aida at the opera Malmö and at the Theater Bonn, conducted by Will Humburg, as well as a highly successful concert tour with Aulis Sallinen’s opera Kullervo.
A particular highlight was Lohengrin at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, where she undertook Ortrud on short notice under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov and was celebrated as best Ortrud of all times for her interpretation.
Tuija Knihtilä is also a sought-after concert singer. She works regularly with conductors such as Leif Segerstam, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Mikko Franck, as well as with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras.
Future engagements take her to Malmö, once again for a role debut, this time as Laura in the new production of La Gioconda and to the Savonlinna Festival for the world premiere of the opera Castle in the Water by composer Aulis Sallinen.
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|Fauré||La Bonne Chanson|
|Kortekangas||Seven Songs for Planet Earth|
|Mahler||2. Sinfonie / Alto|
|8. Sinfonie / 2nd Alto, Mulier Samaritan|
|Das Lied von der Erde|
|Ravel||Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé|
|Sibelius||Der Sturm: Ariel|
|Ratsumies (=Reitersmann)||Nainen (Die Frau)|
|Wagner||Der fliegende Holländer||Mary|
|Tristan und Isolde||Brangäne|
Role debut in the far northTuija Knihtilä, a.o. celebrated as “the best Ortrud of all time”, can soon be heard performing yet another Wagner role when she goes on stage as Venus in Wagner's Tannhäuser at Staatstheater Darmstadt - a role she took on at short notice. The premiere takes place on April 22nd and is conducted by Will Humburg.
In addition, Knihtilä is busy with the production of Poncielli's La Gioconda at the Malmö Opera. On April 1st she made her role debut as Laura and will continue to enthuse the audiences on the following dates: April 29th, May 9th / 13th / 20th / 31st and June 3rd.
On July 8th and 9th she will be performing in the world premiere of Aulis Sallinen's Castle in the Water at the Savonlinna Opera Festival 2017.