Biography

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 Il Viaggio a Reims under the baton of Alberto Zedda at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro.

Last seasons’ opera highlights include, among others, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin and the Opéra de Lille, Almaviva/Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Komische Oper Berlin, Ferrando/Così fan tutte at Seattle Opera, Steuermann/Der fliegende Holländer in Helsinki and in a concert performance with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Most recently, he made his debut as Max in Der Freischütz on the occasion of a concert tour in Vienna, Brussels, Caen and Aix-en-Provence. This engagement marked the starting point into a new repertoire.

His vast concert- and oratorio repertoire includes the key works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, and Mahler. He sang at different music festivals in the USA (i.a. Avery Fisher Hall in new York), France (Salle Pleyel in Paris), Germany (Laeiszhalle Hamburg), Scandinavia, Spain, the UK (Glyndebourne Festival), and Japan.

Tuomas Katajala worked together with conductors, such as, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mikko Franck, Klaus Mäkelä, Susanna Mälkki, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Hannu Lintu, and Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Engagements in season 29/20 include, among others, his role debut as Loge in the new production Das Rheingold under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni under Patrick Fournillier each at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki, Max/Der Freischütz in Luxembourg, as well as the title role of Idomeneo staged by Casper Holten at the Israeli Opera. Furthermore, he will sing Beethoven’s Mass in c minor in Tampere, and his 9th symphony in Malmö, Haydn’s The Creation and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Helsinki, as well as Bach’s St John Passion under Michel Corboz in Lisbon.

Artist Website

www.tuomaskatajala.com

Management

General Management

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

Repertoire

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
  Magnificat
  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
  Jephtha
  Messiah
  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
  Lobgesang
  Paulus
Mozart C minor mass
  Cantata "”Die Maurerfreuden”"
  Davide penitente
  Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento
  Requiem
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
    Harlekin
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

News

Start into the new repertoire
Tuomas Katajala’s start into the new repertoire was a complete success! His debut as Max in Der Freischütz (staged by “Cie 14:20”) together with the Insula Orchestra and Accensus under the baton of Laurence Equilbey, was praised praised by the audience and the press, as well.
Upcoming  performances, not to be missed:
Theater an der Wien: March 22 (concert version)
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele: July 12/14
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg: October 06/08

As well coming up:
Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra de Lille: April 30; May 02/05/07/09/11/14/16/18
 
Debut as Loge/Das Rheingold at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen: August 30; September 03/07/10/14/18
Joint success in Helsinki: Das Rheingold
This year’s season at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki began with the premiere of the first part of the new Ring Cycle production. Marjukka Tepponen will debut as Woglinde and Tuomas Katajala as Loge, Tuomas Pursio interprets Donner and Dan Karlström the role of Mime under the batton of Esa-Pekka Salonen,
Enjoy it live on these days: September 10/14/18
Or on demand via: www.areena.yle.fi/... 

Press

Der Freischütz / Grand Théâtre de Provence (Aix-en-Provence) / 09.03.19 / fredailleurs.blogspot.com


"projette parfaitement sa voix veloutée sans fléchir dans les aigus, avec une ligne de chante très soignée" 

Der Freischütz / Grand Théâtre de Provence (Aix-en-Provence) / 09.03.19 / destimed.fr


"un parfait Max" 

Der Freischütz / Théâtre de Caen / 05.03.19 / sceneweb.fr


"un ténor tout en rondeur et en clarté" 

Der fliegende Holländer (konzertant) / Auditorium Parco della Musica Rom / 04.04.18 / mtglirica.com


"è stato la seconda splendida sorpresa della serata" 

Der fliegende Holländer (konzertant) / Auditorium Parco della Musica Rom / 02.04.18 / connessiallopera.it


"efficace nell'interpretazione grazie a una voce dal timbro chiaro" 

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


"adroit, athletic actors with unique vocal strengths" 

Die Zauberflöte / Royal Opera House / 14.10.17 / olyrix.com


"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 / bachtrack.com


"a strong higher register" 
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