Niina Keitel is one of the most successful Finnish mezzos of today. After graduating from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki she started her career at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, where she sang a wide repertoire of roles. Afterwards, she joined the ensemble of Nationaltheater Mannheim before becoming a member of the ensemble at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. Today she works as a freelance singer.  

Guest performances led her to renowned houses and festivals such as the Opéra national de Paris, Opera Frankfurt, Opera Cologne, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Daegu International Opera Festival, and the Munich Biennale.
Recent opera highlights include her debuts as Fricka/Die Walküre and Santuzza/Cavalleria rusticana, as well as the roles of Magdalene/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Maddalena/Rigoletto at the Finnish National Opera, the latter also at the Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, Preziosilla/La forza del destino (under Santtu-Matias Rouvali) as well as the title role in Carmen at the Tampere Opera, Carmen at Theater Bonn, Grimgerde/Die Walküre at Teatro Petruzzelli Bari (under Stefan Anton Reck) and at Teatro San Carlo Napoli (under Juraj Valcuha), Waltraute/Die Walküre at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, Adalgisa/Norma at the Immling Festival, her debut as Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde at Theater Nordhausen, and the role of Margarita in York Höller’s Der Meister und Margarita at Opera Cologne.

As a versatile concert singer Niina Keitel has performed with numerous symphony orchestras in Finland, Sweden, Germany and France and collaborated with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Philippe Jordan, Sir Roger Norrington, Lawrence Foster, Dan Ettinger, Leif Segerstam, Mikko Franck and Santtu-Matias Rouvali, to name a few. 

Highlights on the concert stage include a concert tour in Japan, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Colmar Les Musicales Festival and in Cagliari, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Gothenburg (under Kent Nagano) and Tampere, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and Sallinen’s opera Kullervo/Smith’s young wife -  each under Hannu Lintu at the Savonlinna Opera Festival - Verdi’s Requiem at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, as well as Sibelius‘ Kullervo in Tokyo with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and with the Finnish Radio Orchestra under Hannu Lintu.

Furthermore, she could be seen and heard in numerous world premieres both on the concert and the opera stage.
In addition to her career as an opera and concert singer, Niina Keitel has been the Artistic Director of the Lemi Music Festival in Finland (2013-18). 

Future engagements include her return to the Finnish National Opera as Mère Marie in a new production of Dialogues des Carmélites.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  Christmas Oratorio
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
  Mass in C major
  Missa solemnis
Berg Altenberg-Lieder
  Sieben frühe Lieder
Berlioz Les nuits d'été
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Elgar Dream of Gerontius
Händel Messiah
Haydn Nelson-Messe
Heininen Musta kehtolaulu (UA)
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
  Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mozart Mass in C major
  Vesperae solennes de confessore
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
  Stabat Mater
Schubert Mass No. 5 in A flat major
Sibelius Kullervo
  Orchestral Songs
Verdi Requiem
Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder

Repertoire Opera

Bartók Bluebeard's Castle Judith
Bizet Carmen Carmen
Britten Albert Herring Nancy
  Noye's Fludde Mrs Noye
Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur Dangeville
Händel Giulio Cesare in Egitto Sesto
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Hansel
Janacek The Makropulos Affair Komorna
Joneleit, Jens Piero - Ende der Nacht (UA) Mezzo-soprano
Kokkonen The Last Temptations 2nd woman
Korngold Die tote Stadt Lucienne
Kuusisto,Jaakko Jää Lydia Manström
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Santuzza
Mozart Apollo et Hyacinthus              Zephyrus
  Così fan tutte Dorabella
  Die Zauberflöte 2. Dame
  Don Giovanni Zerlina
  Le nozze di Figaro Marcellina
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Marina Mnischek
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Nicklausse
Orff De temporum fine comoedia Sibylle
Puccini Madama Butterfly Suzuki
  Suor Angelica La badessa
    La maestra delle novizie
Reinvere, Jüri Purge (UA) Zara
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Berta
  La Cenerentola Angelina
Sallinen Kullervo Smith's young wife
Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District Sonjetka
Smetana The Bartered Bride Ludmila
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlowsky
Strauss, R. Der Rosenkavalier Octavian
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Olga
Verdi La forza del destino Preziosilla
  La traviata Flora
  Otello Emilia
  Rigoletto Maddalena
Wagner Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Magdalene
  Die Walküre Fricka
  Götterdämmerung 2. Norn
  Parsifal 2. Knappe
    Stimme aus der Höhe
  Tristan und Isolde Brangäne


French opera masterpiece for the first time in Helsinki!
It will be a premiere for the Finnish National Opera when on 26th January 2024, for the first time ever, the curtains go up for Francis Poulenc's beloved religious opera Dialogues des Carmélites.

The "award-winning and visually striking production" by the French director Olivier Py had its acclaimed world premiere at the Theatre de Champs-Elysées in Paris in 2013 and can now be experienced on stage in Helsinki. Starring the mainly Finnish cast are four BOM artists; Marjukka Tepponen (Blanche de la Force), Tuomas Katajala (Chevalier de la Force), Niina Keitel (Mother Marie) and Iris Candelaria (Sister Constance). The production is conducted by Hannu Lintu and James Sherlock.

All performance dates:
Jan 26/31 & Feb 2/6/8/10/13/15/17/21/23, 2024

A video teaser as well as further information about the production, cast and performance dates can be found under the following link: 
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