Finnish bass-baritone, Tuomas Pursio, studied at the Sibelius Academy in 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 permanent engagements in Düsseldorf and Erfurt, Pursio remains a member of ensemble at the Opera Leipzig since 2002/03. At this house he already performed as, among others, Wotan/Das Rheingold, Alberich/Siegfried and Gunther/Götterdämmerung, Amfortas/Parsifal, Scarpia/Tosca, Jochanaan/Salome, Orest/Elektra, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Mephisto/Faust, and Vodník/Rusalka. Furthermore, he made his role debut in the title role of Bluebeard’s Castle. 

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

Guest performances led him, among others, to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, State Operas in Stuttgart and Hannover, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Zurich Opera, Hungarian State Opera Budapest, Teatro Communale di Bologna, Antwerp’s Opera, Finnish National Opera Helsinki, Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Nice as well as to the Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Festival Auvers-sur-Oise. There he took on the roles of Escamillo/Carmen, Musiklehrer/Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Giovanni/Don Giovanni, Kaspar/Der Freischütz, Orest/Elektra, Amfortas/Parsifal, Förster/Das schlaue Füchslein, Don Alfonso/Cosi fan tutte, Nick Shadow/The Rake’s Progress, Scarpia/Tosca, Wotan/Das Rheingold as well as the Villains in Les Contes d‘Hoffmann.
Recent highlights include Donner/Das Rheingold under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Scarpia/Tosca and the title role of Don Giovanni at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki, Mephisto/Faust on the occasion of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Jochanaan/Salome at Landestheater Linz and at Teatro Communale di Bologna, as well as Friedrich/Das Liebesverbot and Raimondo/Rienzi as part of the guest performances of the Oper Leipzig in Bayreuth.

His concert repertoire ranges from Haydn and Beethoven over Verdi and Mahler up to contemporary Finnish composers. Furthermore, he sang Verdi’s Requiem in Leipzig and a highly acclaimed concert series together with Marek Janowski and the Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin. 

Engagements in the current season include, among others, the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Innocence at the Opera Festival Aix-en-Provence, further performances at Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera and the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki having been postponed to a future season due to COVID-19. Engagements at Opera Leipzig include Wagner’s Ring and Das Liebesverbot.

In season 2021/22, in addition to prominent roles at his parent house in Leipzig, Tuomas Pursio will return to the Finnish National Opera in Götterdämmerung/Gunther and Tosca/Scarpia.

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

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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 Don Giovanni
  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
Schreker Der Schatzgräber König
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


Success wedding goes to Helsinki!
The Finnish opera audience may start to look forward to October and November, because the celebrated production of Kaija Saariaho's opera "Innocence", which had its world premiere at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2021, will now come to the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. Tuomas Pursio, who was also a part of the world premiere, will reprise his role of Father-in-law Henrik in Simon Stone's much acclaimed staging of the Finnish wedding story.

Performance dates: 21/26/28 October 2022
& 2/4/8/10/12/19/22/24 November 2022

More information about the opera:



Don Giovanni (Stream) / Finnish National Opera Helsinki / 10.06.20 / forumopera

"Tuomas Pursio réussit l’exploit de le chanter avec aisance, avec la fébrilité attendue, impatiente." 

Das Rheingold / Finnish National Opera Helsinki / 17.09.19 /

"ein stimmlich und spielerisch auftrumpfender Donner" 

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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