The native Finn, Arttu Kataja, started his musical studies as a nine-years-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 a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden 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. Roles at this house include i.e. Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Peter/Hansel and Gretel, Bass/King Arthur, Marcello/La Bohème, and Musiklehrer/Ariadne auf Naxos.
Guest engagements led him, among others, to the Theater an der Wien, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, to Tampere, as well as to the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Also on the concert stage Mr. Kataja is very active. He sang Count Almaviva in a semi-staged producution on a world tour together with the Freiburger Barockorchester, works by J.S. Bach with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra in Hamburg, Madrid, Bilbao, Lausanne and Beaune, as well as the St John Passion with the Akademie für Alte Musik and the RIAS Kammerchor at the MiTo Festival in Italy, each under the baton of René Jacobs.
Further concert highlights include Handel’s Messiah in the Philharmonie Dresden under Michael Sanderling, works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach and Haydn’s The Seasons with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and under the musical direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann in Hamburg, Dresden, Stuttgart and Bremen, Ein deutsches Requiem in Bruneck and Brixen, cantatas and Magnificat by J.S. Bach together with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, the RIAS Kammerchor and Rinaldo Alessandrini in Berlin, Fauré’s Requiem with Pablo Pérez and the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, as well as Berlioz‘ L’enfance du Christ in Oviedo and Gijón. In his home country he sang concerts together with Camilly Nylund, Marita Viitasalo and under the baton of Sakari Oramo, as well as Don Fernando in a concert performance of Fidelio with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki.

The season 2019/20 includes engagements, such as, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Kuligin/Katja Kabanova, Bass/King Arthur under the baton of René Jacobs, Salome, Khovanshchina, as well as Lucifero in the new production of Scarlatti’s oratorio Il primo Omicidio at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, as well as La traviataon the occasion of the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Furthermore, Arttu Kataja will sing Fauré’s Requiem with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Haydn’s The Creation with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and under Risto Joost, as well as  Shostakovich’s Symphony No 14 in Jena.

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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Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Händel Messiah
Shostakovich Sinfonia n. 14
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex

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Arttu Kataja: From Così fan tutte in Freiburg to Covid fan tutte in Helsinki
This August and September Arttu Kataja sings and rehearses Guglielmo for Così fan tutte in Freiburg under René Jacobs and with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra for a production on the Canary Islands in 2021 – whereas at the National Opera Helsinki it is currently Covid fan tutte under Esa- Pekka Salonen. With its new production of the abridged version of Mozart's Così fan tutte, the Helsinki National Opera reacted quickly to the current situation, which inspired it to this unusual and very contemporary reinterpretation of the Mozart classic: "This is a unique production for unique circumstances" (Opera Director Lilli Paasikivi).

Arttu Kataja will hold the performances on 16.9/13.10/16.10 in Helsinki



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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