Finnish tenor Tuomas Katajala studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as well as in Rome and Amsterdam. He is one of the most versatile and sought-after Scandinavian tenors and has achieved noticeable success not just as an opera singer, but as a concert singer, in oratorio, and in the lied-genre as well. Through longstanding collaborations he has a close relationship to the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and the Savonlinna Opera Festival, where he made his stage debut as Tamino/Die Zauberflöte in 2006. In 2007, he was accepted into the master class at the Accademia Rossiniana and undertook the role of Libenskopf in Viaggio a Reims under the baton of Maestro Alberto Zedda at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro.

As an ensemble member of the Finnish National Opera and as a guest singer in e.g. Oslo, Gothenburg, Enschede, Lisbon, Glyndebourne, Düsseldorf, and Berlin, he performed in roles such as Ernesto/Don Pasquale, Henry Morosus/Die Schweigsame Frau, Prince Leopold/La Juive, David/Die Meistersinger, Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress, Tamino, Junger Seemann u. Hirte/Tristan und Isolde, and Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni. Recent engagements include Steersman/Fliegender Holländer and Lensky/Eugene Onegin in Helsinki.

Katajala’s concert- and oratorio repertoire comprises almost 90 different works and includes the main works of J.S. Bach, Händel, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Rossini. He sang at different music festivals in Scandinavia, Spain, France, Great Britain, the USA, and in Japan (including Salle Pleyel in Paris and Avery Fisher Hall in New York) and worked with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Mikko Franck.

Recent highlights include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Tokyo, Penderecki’s The Polish Requiem in Madrid, Evangelist in J.S. Bachs Matthäus Passion in Turku, Bach cantatas in Kuhmo, Alban Berg’s Wozzek at the Helsinki Festival and most recently Osman/Almira at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.

Projects in the season 2017/18 include, among other things, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva) at the Komische Oper Berlin, Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) in Limoges, Caen, Lilles, at the Royal Opera House in London (house debut), and in Helsinki, Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando) at the Seattle Opera, and Der Fliegende Holländer (Steuermann) in Helsinki as well as in a concertante performance with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In addition, he will be on stage as Cassio/Otello at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, C.P.E. St. Matthew Passion / Evangelist & Tenor
Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  Cantatas: BWV 1, 12, 20, 22, 23, 55, 60, 93, 96, 131, 140, 181, 191, 211
  Christmas Oratorio
  St. John Passion / Evangelist & Tenor
  St. Matthew Passion / Evangelist & Tenor
Beethoven Missa solemnis
  Symphony no 9
Berlioz Te Deum
Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op. 31
Brahms Die schöne Magelone op. 33
  Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 52
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Franck Mass in A major
Gounod San Francesco d´Assisi
Gossec Requiem
Haatanen Christmas Oratorio
Haydn Requiem
  Stabat Mater
  The Creation
  The Seasons
  The Seven Last Words of Christ
Hidas Requiem
Händel Israel in Egypt
  Utrecht Te Deum
Janacek Glagolitic Mass (Slavonic Mass)
Kortekangas Pyhiinvaelluskantaatti
Kostiainen Triduum Paschale
Liszt Missa Solemnis
  Psalm 13
Lloyd-Webber Requiem
Maasalo Christmas Oratorio
Madetoja Okon Fuoko (ballet) 
Väinämöisen kylvö
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart C minor mass
  Cantata "”Die Maurerfreuden”"
  Davide penitente
  Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento
Mäenpää Vihreä Virta (Song cycle)
Orff Carmina Burana
Penderecki Polish Requiem
Pänkäläinen St. Luke Passion
Pärt Stabat Mater
Rachmaninoff Vigilia
Rossini Petite messe solennelle
  Stabat Mater
Rutter Psalmfest
Saint-Saëns         Oratorio de Noël
Sallinen A Windy Winter in Provence
  Barabbas Dialogues / The youth op. 84
Schumann Dichterliebe op.48
  Spanische Liebeslieder op. 138
Schubert Die schöne Müllerin op. 25
  Intende Voci
  Mass in A flat major
  Mass in E flat major
  Mass in G major
  Winterreise op. 89
Schostakowitsch Suite on Finnish Themes
Sibelius Rakastava -sarja
Strawinsky Pulcinella
Tammelin Requiem
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Beethoven Fidelio Jaquino
Berg Lulu Alwa
  Wozzeck Andres
Britten Albert Herring Albert Herring
  Owen Wingrave Lechmere
Donizetti Don Pasquale Ernesto
  L'elisir d'amore Nemorino
  Lucia di lammermoor Edgardo
von Flotow Martha Lyonel
Glass The Fall of the House of Usher Roderick Usher
Halevy La Juive Leopold
Händel Acis and Galatea Acis
  Radamisto Tiridate
Lehár The Merry Widow Camille de Rosillon
Linkola Robin Hood Puna-Will
Meyerbeer Le prophète Jean de Leyde
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
  Der Schauspieldirektor Monsieur Vogelsang
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
  Die Zauberflöte Tamino
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
  Idomeneo Idomeneo
  La clemenza di Tito Tito
  Zaide Gomatz
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio
  La fanciulla del West Harry
Reinvere, Jüri Purge Hans
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Conte Almaviva
  Il viaggio a Reims Belfiore
    Conte di Libenskof
  La Cenerentola Don Ramiro
Saariaho Adriana Mater Yonas
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Arabella Matteo
  Daphne 2. Schäfer
  Der Rosenkavalier Ein Sänger
  Die schweigsame Frau Henry Morosus
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Tom Rakewell
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Lensky
Ullmann Der Kaiser von Atlantis Ein Soldat
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
  La traviata Alfredo
  Rigoletto Duca
Wagner Das Rheingold Loge
  Der fliegende Holländer Steuermann
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg David
  Tristan und Isolde Ein Hirte
    Junger Seemann
Zimmermann Die Soldaten Desportes


Finnish triple power in Tampere
With Virpi Räisänen, Tuomas Katajala and Tuomas Pursio, the cast for the world premiere of Olli Kortekangas' Veljeni Vartija (My Brother’s Keeper) counts no less than three of our artists. The opera tells the story of a family in Finland in the year 1918, a year that was marked by the civil war and was one of the most dramatic of the then young nation. Under the baton of Santtu-Matias Rouvali the three can be heard on the following dates: 16th/18th/21st and 24th of February and 1st/3rd of March.



Cosi fan tutte / Seattle Opera / 15.01.18 /

"adroit, athletic actors with unique vocal strengths" 

Die Zauberflöte / Royal Opera House / 14.10.17 /

"grâce à l’agilité de sa technique et à la chaleur de son timbre" 

Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Savonlinna Opera Festival / 07.07.17 /

"a strong higher register" 
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