Matti Turunen

Bass-Baritone/Bass / >emerging artist<


  • -2000 First lessons in Savonlinna Aino Ackté institute with Kammersänger Tom Krause and stage director Eija Tolpo

  • 2008-2010 Collaboration with Finnish National Opera and Kammersänger Matti Salminen's foundation: an apprentice in Finnish National Opera

  • 2010 Working with Maestro Daneil Barenboim in Teatro alla Scala in Milan

  • 2010-15 Debut and engagements in Savonlinna Opera Festival

  • 2019 Engagement as a permanent soloist at the Finnish National Opera



Matti Turunen continues the big tradition of the Finnish bass singers.  His most important tutors have been Matti Salminen and Jaakko Ryhänen, but he also worked with Tom Krause, Jorma Hynninen, James Vaughn (La Scala) and Jeffrey Goldberg (Metropolitan Opera) among others.  Turunen studied first church music at the Sibelius Acadedemy and sang then for some years at the chorus of the Finnish National Opera. In Helsinki based bass has been from 2019 a soloist of the Finnish National Opera and performs with the biggest Finnish orchestras and festivals including Savonlinna Opera Festival.  

Turunen has also sung Fasolt, Rheingold (cover) with Daniel Barenboim in Ring of Teatro Alla Scala in 2010, Colline (Puccini: La Bohéme) with Patrick Fournillier in Finnish National Opera, Hunding (Wagner: Walkyrie) and W.A. Mozart’s Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) in several productions.  His roles also include Eremit (Freischütz), Zuniga (Carmen), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) and Bartolo (Le nozze di figaro).

Beautifully toned bass-roles and spiritual compositions are suitable for his style and his deep bass-voice. His strong music background makes him an ideal interpreter of all music from baroque to contemporary music.


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