Waltteri Torikka, baritone

Baritone Waltteri Torikka is an exceptionally versatile opera and concert singer. Torikka has performed as a soloist with all Finnish symphony orchestras and on all major Finnish opera stages. He has sung at the BBC Proms festival at the Royal Albert Hall in the title role of Sibelius’s Kullervo Symphony, at the Aix-en-Provence festival, at the Croatian National Opera, as a soloist with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Camerata Salzburg, and with the Danish National Opera tour alongside several Danish orchestras. The works particularly dear to him as a lied and oratorio singer are Bach’s Passions and Cantatas, Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah as well as other various projects.


His opera roles include, among others, the title roles in Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, and The Marriage of Figaro, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Amfortas in Parsifal, Escamillo and Morales in Carmen, Topi in The Red Line, and Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème. In addition, Torikka has been involved in the world premieres of several operas, both as a performer and artistic director.


Waltteri Torikka’s debut album with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia went platinum in record time and earned him a Finnish Emma Awards nomination. His later recordings with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia have also achieved great success. The album consisting of new arrangements of Tapio Rautavaara’s songs by Waltteri Torikka Trio, released in 2017, was selected as the Folk album of the year by Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s leading newspaper. Additionally, Torikka sings, among other things, on a complete recording of Sibelius’s stage music conducted by Leif Segerstam with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos) which won an ICMA (International Classical Music Award) in 2019. The winner of the National Lappeenranta Singing Competition, Waltteri Torikka, has been honored with awards such as the Mozart Academy HSBC Laureates Prize at the Aix-en-Provence festival, the Bayreuth scholarship, the Martti Talvela Foundation grant, and the Pro Musica Foundation’s Young Musician of the Year award.



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