Biography

Already as a 5-year-old, the Finnish soprano, Marjukka Tepponen, started taking her first piano lessons. She later studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and in Vienna and rapidly went on to achieve success at singing contests, such as the International Mirjam Helin Contest in Helsinki and the contest in Lappeenranta, where she won first prize.

Following her spectacular debut in La traviata at the opera in Jyväskylä in 2009, she was engaged by the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, where she stays a regular guest performer in important roles. Roles at the FNO included Corinna/Il viaggio a Reims, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, Woglinde/Das Rheingold, Elisabetta/Don Carlo, Mimì/La bohème, Violetta/La traviata, as well as the main roles in the world premieres of the Finnish operas “Jää” (J. Kuusisto) and “Indigo” (Toppinen/Kivilaakso), and most recently her debut as Nedda/Pagliacci.

Furthermore, Tepponen is a regular guest at the renowned Savonlinna Opera Festival, where she performed the roles of Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Marguerite/Faust, and Mozart’s Mass in c minor, among others.

Highlights of the past seasons include her debut as Contessa/Le nozze di Figaro in Turku (Finland), her debut as Donna Anna/Don Giovanni as well as Mimì/La bohème in Rijeka (Croatia), the latter she sang at Opera Graz as well, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte and Tatyana/Eugene Onegin at the Seattle Opera, her Micaela/Carmen in Tampere, as well as her successful debut as Liù/Turandot at the Bregenz Festival (led by Paolo Carignani and staged by Marco Arturo Marelli) and her return in the role the following year.

On the concert stage she performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, a film music program with the Münchner Rundunkorchester led by Ulf Schirmer, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater as well as Uuno Klami’s Psalmus (under the baton of Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez), all with the RTVE in Madrid, a concert version of Eugene Onegin/Tatyana with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lissabon, Sibelius’ Kullervo with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki, Beethoven’s Mass in c minor in Tampere, and recitals with the pianist Marita Viitasalo in Finland.

Most recently she could be heard with Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Engagements of the season 2022/23 include her return to the Seattle Opera as Contessa/Le nozze di Figaro and the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Micaela/Carmen, and her debut in the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Opera Frankfurt as well as in the postponed production at Opera Graz, where she will also be making her debut in the title role of Katia Kabanova.

Future projects bring her, once more, to Savonlinna (as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette), Tampere (La traviata/Violetta) and to the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki for Götterdämmerung, Dialogues des Carmélites/Blanche de la Force, and a scenic production of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.

Marjukka Tepponen can be heard on several CD recordings, including a recording of Gounod’s Faust/Marguerite at the Rijeka Opera under Ville Matvejeff (Naxos, 2019) and an Aria Album with Mozart, Bel Canto, and French repertoire.

Artist Website

www.marjukkatepponen.com

Management

General Management

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Ingunn Sighvatsdóttir
Artist Manager
ingunn@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-2 067 821

Repertoire

Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Berg Sieben frühe Lieder
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Britten Les Illuminations
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Haydn The Creation
Mozart Mass in c minor
  Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Rossini Stabat Mater
Sibelius Kullervo
Strauss, R. Vier letzte Lieder
Verdi Requiem
 

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen Frasquita
    Micaëla
Boito Mefistofele Margherita*
Dvorak Rusalka Rusalka*
Gounod Faust Marguerite
  Romeo et Juliette Juliette*
Janácek Katia Kabanova Katia*
Korngold Die tote Stadt Julietta
Kivilaakso & Toppinen Indigo Aurelia
Kuusisto Fräulein Julie Kristin
  Aino Ackté Aino Ackté
  Mona Jää / Ice
Madetoja The Ostrobothnians Liisa
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Pamina
  Don Giovanni Donna Anna
    Donna Elvira*
    Zerlina
  Le nozze di Figaro Contessa
    Susanna
  Così fan tutte Fiordiligi
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Nedda
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Blanche de la Force*
  La voix humaine Frau
Puccini Gianni Schicchi  Lauretta
  La Bohème Mimì
    Musetta
  Madama Butterfly Cio-Cio-San
  Turandot Liù
Purcell Dido and Aeneas Belinda
Rautavaara House of the Sun Noora
Rossini Il viaggio a Reims Corinna
Tschaikowski Eugene Onegin Tatjana
Verdi Aida Oberpriesterin
  Don Carlo Elisabetta
  Ernani Elvira*
  Falstaff Alice*
  Il trovatore Leonora*
  La traviata Violetta
  Otello Desdemona*
  Un ballo in maschera Amelia*
  I vespri siciliani Hélène*
von Suppé Il ritorno del Marinaio Jela
Wagner Das Rheingold Woglinde

*in preparation

News

Waiting for Katia
Following her great success as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly in the autumn of 2022, Marjukka Tepponen now returns to Oper Graz with a further role debut!
This time she will embody the title role in Leoš Janáček’s opera Katja Kabanova, the premiere taking place on March 18, 2023.

The new staging is by Anika Rutkofsky who won the main prize of the stage director competition “Ring Award” in 2021. Conducting the Grazer Philharmonic is Chief Conductor Roland Kluttig.
 
Further performances: 23/29 March ; 14/16/19/21/29 April;  12/14 May, 2023

Press

 

Das Rheingold / Finnish National Opera Helsinki / 17.09.19 / onlinemerker.com


"stach [...] als Woglinde mit ihrem vollen und klaren Sopran hervor" 

Cosi fan tutte / Seattle Opera / 15.01.18 / seattletimes.com


"a lot of great technique in Marjukka Tepponen's Fiordiligi" 

Operngala / Heidelberger Stadthalle / 22.11.17 / Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung


"federleicht servierte Koloraturen blitzsauber intoniert" 

Salmo / Teatro-Auditorio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial / 02.10.17 / beckmesser.com


"buen gusto y un timbre muy cálido" 

Salmo / Teatro-Auditorio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial / 29.09.17 / scherzo.es


"con una emisión homogénea y de bonitas cualidades" 
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