The native Finn, Arttu Kataja, started his musical training as a nine-year-old by taking oboe lessons. He later studied singing at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and was a scholarship holder of the Martti Talvela Foundation as well as a two-time winner at the International Mozart Contest in Salzburg. Since 2006, Arttu Kataja is an ensemble member at the Staatsoper in Berlin, where he already worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Asher Fisch, René Jacobs, Philippe Jordan, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, and Omer Meir Wellber.
Guest engagements led the young baritone to the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, to Tampere (as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore), to the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Carmen, Rigoletto), to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Festival de Musique de Strasbourg, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, as well as to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile.
Throughout the past seasons, he sang various tour concerts with works by Bach (Hamburg, Lausanne, Beaune, Madrid, and Bilbao) with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra under the baton of René Jacobs, was a part of the St. John Passion under Christoph Spering at the Festival Bilbao, and guested in Tampere with the B Minor Mass and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Once again under the baton of René Jacobs he sang the St. John Passion at the MiTo Festival in Italy with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Rias Chamber Choir, the Messiah under Michael Sanderling and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Bach Cantatas and Magnificat with the DSO and the Rias Chamber Choir under Rinaldo Alessandrini in Berlin. Furthermore, he made his debut with the International Bach Academy (IBA) under Hans-Christoph Rademann with JS Bach’s and CPE Bach’s Magnificat.
In the season 2016/17, Arttu Kataja debuted at the Theater an der Wien in Antonio Salieri’s Falstaff under the baton of René Jacobs. In addition, he performed at the Staatsoper Berlin in Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), La Boheme (Marcello), King Arthur under René Jacobs, Ariadne auf Naxos (Musiklehrer), and Kat’a Kabanova, led by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Andrea Breth.
As a concert singer, his path led him to Finland with Bach cantatas under Sakari Oramo and for the concert Italienisches Liederbuch in cooperation with Camilla Nylund and Marita Viitasalo, as well as to Spain performing with the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid under Victor Pablo Pérez Faurè’s Requiem and in Oviedo and Gijón Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ.
The season 2017/18 will likewise contain several highlights for the young Finn. As an ensemble member of the Staatsoper Berlin he will be performing in following roles: Peter Besenbinder/Hansel and Gretel, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, 1st Soldier/Salome under Zubin Mehta, and Bass/King Arthur under the baton of René Jacobs.
Also on the concert stage Mr. Kataja will again be very active. Engagements include the baritone part in Ein deutsches Requiem in Bruneck and Brixen with the Streicherakademie Bozen, Fernando in a concertante performance of Fidelio with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki, as well as the bass parts in Haydn’s The Seasons in Hamburg, Bremen and Stuttgart and in Bach’s B Minor Mass in Dresden and Stuttgart, all with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under the baton of Hans-Christoph Rademann.  
Arttu Kataja’s recordings include »St. Matthew Passion« (Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi 2013), »Tristan und Isolde« (RSB, Janowski, Pentatone 2012), »Orlando Paladino« (Jacobs/Petersen/Randle, EuroArts 2010), »Manon« (Barenboim/Netrebko/Villazon, Deutsche Grammophon 2007), Fredrik Pacius’ »Die Loreley« (Sinfonia Lahti, Osmo Vänskä), Aulis Sallinen’s »Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan« (The King Goes Forth to France), Armas Launis’ »Aslak Hetta« (Finnish Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo).

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Repertoire Concert

Aho, Kalevi Pergamon
Bach, C.P.E. Magnificat
Bach, J.S. Cantatas
  Cantates profanes
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Händel Messiah
Shostakovich Sinfonia n. 14
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex

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Beethoven Fidelio Don Fernando
Bernstein Candide Maximilian
Bizet Carmen Dancairo
Britten Billy Budd Mr. Flint
  Curlew River Traveller
Busoni Dr. Faust Asmodus, Student aus Wittenberg
Donizetti Don Pasquale Malatesta
  L’elisir d’amore Belcore
  Maria Stuarda Cecil
Giordano Andrea Chénier Mathieu
Haydn L’Isola disabitata Enrico
  Orlando Paladino Licone/Caronte
Janacek From the House of the Dead Priest
Launis Aslak Hetta Lykselius
Martin Le Vin Herbé Bariton 4
Massenet Manon Bretigny
Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea Seneca
Mozart Così fan tutte Guglielmo
  Der Schauspieldirektor Buff
  Die Zauberflöte 2nd Priester
  Don Giovanni Leporello
  Le nozze di Figaro Figaro
    Il Conte Almaviva
Pacius Die Loreley Leupold
Puccini La Bohème Schaunard
  Madama Butterfly Il Commissario Imperiale
  Tosca Angelotti
Rautavaara Aleksis Kivi Olivi
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Graf Almaviva
  Il viaggio a Reims Don Alvaro
  L’Italiana in Algeri Taddeo
Salieri Falstaff Mr. Slender
Strauss, R. Arabella Graf Dominik
  Ariadne auf Naxos Lakai
  Salome 1st Soldier
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Tom Rakewell
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Saretzki
Verdi La traviata Barone Douphol
    Marchese d’Obigny
  Rigoletto Marullo
  Un ballo in maschera Silvano
Wagner Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Konrad Nachtigall
  Lohengrin Heerrufer des Königs
  Tristan und Isolde Melot
Weber Freischütz Ottokar
  Oberon Scherasmin
Weill Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny Sparbüchsen-Bill


Music - the universal language: Following debut in Paris now around the world as Almaviva
Following his successful debut at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées in Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under the baton of Hans-Christoph Rademann, Arttu Kataja can now look forward to another great project. This summer he’ll travel almost once around the globe as Count Almaviva in a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro together with the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs. The tour stops in Seoul (July 6 and 7), Shanghai (July 9), Eisenstadt (July 13 and 14), and Beaune (July 21).



Katja Kabanowa / Staatsoper Berlin / 18.03.17 /

"so menschlich in Stimme und Gestik" 

Don Giovanni / Savonlinna Opernfestival / 18.07.16 /

"perfekt durchgebildeten, weich timbrierten Bassbariton" 
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