Tuomas Katajala – Tenor
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 Nordic 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 von Nürnberg, Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress, Tamino, Junger Seemann u. Hirte/Tristan und Isolde, and Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni. Recent engagements include Steuermann/Der fliegende 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.
Highlights include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Tokyo, Penderecki’s The Polish Requiem in Madrid, Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Turku, Bach cantatas in Kuhmo, Wozzeck at the Helsinki Festival, Osman/Almira at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Belmonte/Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.
In the season 2017/18 he sang, among others, Almaviva/Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Komische Oper Berlin, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ferrando/Cosi fan tutte at the Seattle Opera and Steuermann/Der Fliegende Holländer in Helsinki as well as in a concertante performance with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and under the baton of Mikko Franck in Rome.
Engagements in the current season and upcoming years include, among others, Steuermann/Der fliegende Holländer at Finnish National Opera, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at Opéra de Lille, Loge/Das Rheingold in Helsinki, Erik/Der fliegende Holländer in Tampere, an European tour including concertante performances of Der Freischütz/Max in Caen, Aix-en-Provence, Brüssel, Wien, Luxemburg and Ludwigsburg as well as Beethovens Symphony No. 9 in Hamburg and Oslo and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the baton of Hannu Lintu in Helsinki.
Katajala was awarded the Martti Talvela -stipend 2005, Karita Mattila -prize 2009 and The Sibelius Birthplace Medal 2011.