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Mezzo-Soprano Tuija Knihtilä

Finnish mezzo soprano Tuija Knihtilä studied at the Sibelius-Academy, where she graduated with a Master of Music before pursuing further studies in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste and Zurich at the International Opera Studio.

Until 2010 she was engaged as a soloist in the ensemble of the Finnish National Opera, where she performed in productions like Così fan tutte, Rigoletto, Carmen, and particularly distinguished herself in the role of Amneris/Aida. Since 2004 she is a regular guest at Savonlinna Opera Festival.

The past seasons saw Ms. Knihtilä’s great success as Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos and as Venus/Tannhäuser at the Oslo Opera, her debut as Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde in Weimar and her participation in the world premiere of Kimmo Hakola’s opera La Fenice at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. She then returned to Oslo as Santuzza/Cavalleria Rusticana and Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde.

Thanks to this role, she also made her Italian debut at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, in a production of Myung Whun Chung. Further highlights of the recent past include performances as Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde in Chemnitz, Amneris/Aida and Santuzza/Cavalleria Rusticana in Sao Paulo and Venus/Tannhäuser in Copenhagen and at the Oper Frankfurt, in a production by Vera Nemirova, under the baton of Constantin Trinks. Her stunning interpretation of Ortrud/Lohengrin in Savonlinna in summer 2013 received great reviews from public and critics. Highlights of the last season include new productions of Amneris/Aida at the opera Malmä and at the Theater Bonn, conducted by Will Humburg. A recent concert tour through Europe of Aulis Sallinen's oper Kullervo was extremely successful and she made her USA debut in 2015, with Amneris/Aida at the Austin Oper in Texas.

Future engagements include a new production and role debut in La Gioconda/Laura at the Malmö Opera.

Tuija Knihtilä is also a sought-after concert singer. She has worked with Leif Segerstam, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mikko Franck, John Fiore and with some of the leading Scandinavian and European orchestras.

CV:s available for download in the PRESS section