Pihla Terttunen

Mezzo Soprano / >emerging artist<


  • 2016  2nd prize at the Grande Voci Competition in Salzburg
  • 2018/2019  Orlowsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at Theater Vorpommern
  • 2019  Classic Open Air Berlin, opera gala
  • 2020  Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Theater Vorpommern


Finnish mezzo-soprano Pihla Terttunen joined the soloist ensemble at Theater Vorpommern in the autumn 2018. Her repertoire has included Orlowsky/ Die Fledermaus, Hattie/ Kiss me, Kate, 3.Dame/ Die Zauberflöte, Bejlja in Weinberg’s Wir gratulieren!, Vokuhila in Offenbach’s Vent du soir, Inez/ Il Trovatore and Prinzessin/ Räubermädchen in Staern’s Schneekönigin. Her new roles in the 2020/2021 season are Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Octavian/ Der Rosenkavalier and Mina Murray in Wildhorn’s musical Dracula.

In 2017/2018 she was a member of the Thüringer Opernstudio and sang Dritte Dame/ Die Zauberflöte, Marcellina/ Le Nozze di Figaro, 2nd witch/ Dido and Aeneas and Paquette/ Candide with Nationaltheater Weimar as well as Giovanna/ Rigoletto and Merope/Sphinx in Enescu’s Oedipe with Theater Thüringen in Gera. As a guest she has appeared in Kiel as Orlowsky and in Weimar as Marcellina.

Pihla Terttunen made her role debut as Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Theater Rudolstadt in 2017. She sang Hänsel/ Hänsel und Gretel with the Sibelius Academy Opera and in concert with Jenaer Philharmonie. During her studies she participated in student productions as Olga/ Eugene Onegin, Charlotte/ Werther, 3.Knabe/ Die Zauberflöte, sang Poulenc’s mono-opera La voix humaine and several roles in Finnish contemporary operas.

She appeared at the Classic Open Air Berlin 2019 with Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern, conducted by Florian Csizmadia, and in a gala concert with Staatskapelle Weimar, conducted by Kirill Karabits. She has performed Mozart’s Requiem and Missa brevis, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Rachmaninov’s All-night Vigil and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.

Pihla Terttunen obtained a Master’s degree from the University College of Opera Stockholm in 2016 and a Bachelor’s degree from the Metropolia University Helsinki in 2014. She won 2nd prize at the competition Grande Voci 2016 in Salzburg and 2nd prize at the Timo Mustakallio Competition 2013.







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