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 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.

Projects in the season 2018/19 include, among others, Steuermann/Der fliegende Holländer at Finnish National Opera, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at Opéra de Lille as well as a concertante performance of Der Freischütz/Max at Theater an der Wien, Beethovens Symphony No. 9 Oslo and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the baton of Hannu Lintu in Helsinki.

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

Opera- and concert highlights in autumn
With outstanding success Tuomas Katajala and Mika Kares recently sang Mahler’s Symphony no 8 under the baton of Hannu Lintu in Helsinki. The full concert with Mahler’s exceptional piece can be heard by following the link below.
In autumn the action continues, when Tuomas Katajala takes on the Steersman in Kasper Holten’s production Der fliegende Holländer at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki on the following nights: September 14/20/22/26; October 03/11.
Mika Kares will be singing in concertante performances of Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette/Père Laurence (14.09.) on the one hand and Aida/Ramphis at the Cologne Philharmonie with Teodor Currentzis (07.10.) on the other. On September 29th Mika will also be giving a solo concert night in Tampere, performing a best-of of his opera repertoire, and on December 19th and 20th he can be heard with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 at the Helsinki Festival.
 

Latest

Mahler's Symphony no 8 under Hannu Lintu in Helsinki.
 
The full concert can be heard under the following link: 

areena.yle.fi/... 

Press

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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