Finnish bass-baritone, Tuomas Pursio, studied singing at the Sibelius Academy in his natal Helsinki before continuing his studies at the International Opera Studio in Zurich. His teachers include Jukka Rasilainen, Laszlo Polgar, Tom Krause, and Elisabeth Werres.

Following steady engagements in Düsseldorf and Erfurt, Pursio remains a member of ensemble at the Opera Leipzig since 2002/03.

His concert repertoire comprises works such as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Schöpfung, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, and the Passions by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as various lesser known works. He could be heard in the highly acclaimed series of concerts by the Berliner Rundfunksinfonieorchester with concertante Wagner operas as 2nd Gralsritter in “Parsifal” and as Fritz Kothner in “Meistersinger” under Marek Janowski, as well as in Verdi’s “Requiem” in Leipzig.

Guest engagements led him to the Staatsoper Berlin as well as to Stuttgart, Hannover, Zurich, Budapest, Antwerp, Helsinki, Lausanne, Wiesbaden, Nice, Bremen, Heidelberg, Augsburg, Bielefeld, and to the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Festival Auvers-sur-Oise. At these houses he performed such roles as Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo/Carmen, King/Aida, Carlo Belmonte/Margherita d'Anjou, Publio/La clemenza di Tito, Musiklehrer/Ariadne auf Naxos, Leporello/Don Giovanni, Rambaldo/La Rondine, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Orest/Elektra, Wurm/Luisa Miller, Amfortas/Parsifal, Förster/Füchslein, Don Alfonso/Cosi fan tutte, Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress, Scarpia/Tosca, Wotan/Rheingold as well as The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann.

Particular highlights were the guest performances by Opera Leipzig in Bayreuth as Friedrich/Das Liebesverbot and Raimondo/Rienzi, the latter under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Moreover, Pursio sang the role of Friedrich in the same production at Teatro Verdi in Trieste as well.

Tuomas Pursio worked with renowned conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Philippe Jordan, Riccardo Frizza, John Fiore, Nello Santi, Adam Fischer, Ralf Weikert, Ulf Schirmer, Axel Kober, Osmo Vänskä, Sebastian Weigle, and Marcello Viotti.

His CD-recordings include Schumann’s Manfred with Mario Venzago, Un Ballo in Maschera with Riccardo Chailly, and Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Marek Janowski.

Most recently, Tuomas Pursio was on stage at Landestheater Linz as Jochanaan/Salome as well as at Opera Leipzig in his signature roles Mephisto/Faust, Gunther/Götterdämmerung, and Zaccaria/Nabucco.

In the season 2017/18, Tuomas Pursio will as an ensemble member once again be taking on great roles in numerous productions at Opera Leipzig: Wotan/Rheingold, Alberich/Siegfried and Gunther/Götterdämmerung under Ulf Schirmer, Amfortas/Parsifal, Scarpia/Tosca, Jochanaan/Salome, Kaspar/Freischütz, and Water Goblin/Rusalka. Moreover, he will make his debut in the title role of Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle. 

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  Christmas Oratorio
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
  Symphony no. 9
Buckner Te Deum
Haydn The Creation
  The Seasons
Mahler Symphony no. 8
Mozart Missa in C minor
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Rasch Mein Herz brennt
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
  Stabat Mater
Tippett A Child of Our Time
Verdi Requiem


Repertoire Opera

Bártok Bluebeard's Castle (Concert) Bluebeard
Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi Lorenzo
  La sonnambula Rodolfo
Berg Wozzeck Der Doktor
Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti Sam
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Blacher Die Nachtschwalbe Kommissar Schmoerl
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo Bidebent
Flotow Martha Plumkett
Gounod Faust Méphistophélès
Händel Alcina Melisso
Hersant Le moine noir Andrej Korvine
Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Forester
Meyerbeer Margherita d'Anjou Carlo Belmonte
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alfonso
  Die Zauberflöte Sprecher
  Don Giovanni Leporello
  La clemenza di Tito Publio
  Le nozze di Figaro Figaro
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Villains
Puccini La Bohème Colline
  La Rondine Rombaldo
  Tosca Scarpia
  Turandot Mandarino
Strauss, R. Arabella Mandryka
  Ariadne auf Naxos Musiklehrer
  Die Frau ohne Schatten Geisterbote
  Elektra Orest
  Salome 1st Nazarene
    1st Soldier
Stravinsky The Nightingale Chamberlain
  The Rake’s Progress Nick Shadow
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Gremin
Verdi Aida King
  Don Carlos Filippo II
  Luisa Miller Wurm
  Nabucco Zaccaria
  Otello Lodovico
  Rigoletto Monterone
  Un ballo in maschera Samuel
Wagner Das Liebesverbot Friedrich
  Das Rheingold Wotan
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Fritz Kothner
  Götterdämmerung Gunther
  Parsifal 2nd Gralsritter
  Rienzi Kardinal Orvieto
  Siegfried Alberich
  Tannhäuser Biterolf
Weber Der Freischütz Kaspar


Role variety in Finland, Italy and Germany
Following his great success as Méphistophélès in Gounod‘s Faust at this year’s Opera Festival in Savonlinna, Tuomas Pursio is now on stage as a villain at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki – this time as a diabolic Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca. Performance dates: 07./13./19./21./25./27.09. and 06./13./16./18.10.
From the far north southwards: In February, Pursio will take on the role of Jochanaan/Salome at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Premiere: 15.02.
In this role he can also be seen and heard at his parent house, the Opera Leipzig, where he will also be performing the roles of Orest/Elektra, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Sprecher/Zauberflöte, Alberich/Siegfried, Gunther/Götterdämmerung, Wotan/Rheingold, and Water Goblin/Rusalka.

All Opera Leipzig performance dates can be found under the following link: 



Götterdämmerung / Oper Leipzig / 03.07.17 /

"als stimmlich starker und neurotischer Gunther" 

Der Freischütz / Oper Leipzig / 07.03.17 /

"darkly dangerous Kaspar" 

Das Liebesverbot / Oper Leipzig / 03.05.15 /

"sehr farbenreiche Stimmgebung" 

Parsifal / Oper Leipzig / 27.03.12 /

"a full-voiced Amfortas" 
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