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Finnish soprano Tuuli Takala was born in Helsinki and studied voice, violin and music education at the Sibelius Academy in her hometown. She made her professional debut in 2013 at the Finnish National Opera as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2014 she returned there as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Since 2015, she has been an ensemble member of the Semperoper Dresden where she has performed roles such as Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Gilda (Rigoletto), Micaëla (Carmen), Capriccio-Sängerin, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Marzelline (Fidelio), the Queen of the Night, and since the 19/20 season also as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna, Waldvogel (Siegfried), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), La Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe).
In the current 2021/22 season, she made her successful house and role debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Konstanze in Paul-Georg Dittrich’s new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and under the baton of Ádám Fischer. She also returns to the Finnish National Opera as Violetta Valéry (La traviata), she will make her house and role debut at Zurich Opera as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and she will sing Pamina at Tampere Opera. At the Semperoper she will be seen as Donna Anna, Pamina, Micaëla and 5th Maid (Elektra).
Guest engagements have taken her as Gilda, Marguerite (Faust) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) to the Savonlinna Opera Festival, as the Queen of the Night to all three Berlin opera houses, to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Volksoper Wien, Oper Essen, Opéra de Toulon, as Amanda Rossi in the world premiere of Olli Kortekangas’ Veljeni Vartija 2018 to Tampere Opera in Finland, as Violetta Valéry to the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole and as Flower Girl (Parsifal) to the Bayreuth Festival.
Tuuli Takala is an award-winning artist with 1st Prizes from both the Timo Mustakallio and Kangasniemi singing competitions in Finland 2013, prizes from the 2015 Belvedere Competition in Amsterdam, and the Arnold Schönberg Center Prize from the 2013 Hilde Zadek competition in Vienna. In 2014 the Pro Musica Foundation in Finland named her Young Musician of the Year, and in 2018 the Semperoper Dresden awarded her the Curt Taucher Förderpreis.
Tuuli Takala has already worked with musicians such as Philippe Auguin, Frédéric Chaslin, Ádám Fischer, Vladimir Jurowski, Susanna Mälkki, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, John Storgårds, Christian Thielemann and Omer Meir Wellber, among others. Her versatile concert repertoire includes Requiem, Exsultate jubilate and the Mass in c minor by Mozart, Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Händel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, and J. S. Bach’s Passions, the Mass in b minor and the Christmas Oratorio. She is also a passionate singer of lieder and art song and has performed in recitals and concerts across Finland and in London, Vienna and Tokyo among others. In 2017 Takala was featured as soprano soloist in the ZDF Advent Concert at Dresden’s Frauenkirche with Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann.