Arttu Kataja Finnish baritone

Arttu Kataja Finnish baritone Opera singer Arttu Kataja Berlin, photographed by Markus Henttonen

A prize winner of several competitions including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Finnish baritone Arttu Kataja graduated from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and became a member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 2006 performing such parts as Count/Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Taddeo/L’Italiana in Algeri, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Marcello/La Bohéme, to name but a few.

Arttu Kataja Finnish baritone

A prize winner of several competitions including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Finnish baritone Arttu Kataja graduated from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and became a member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 2006 performing such parts as Count/Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Taddeo/L’Italiana in Algeri, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Marcello/La Bohéme, to name but a few.

Guest engagements have led him to Theater an der Wien (Mr. Slender/Salieri’s Falstaff), Théâtre du Capitole (Scherasmin/Oberon,

Schaunard/La Bohéme), Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile (Mr. Flint/Billy Budd, Belcore/L’elisir d’amore), Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Figaro, Masetto, Guglielmo), the Strassburg Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Leporello/Don Giovanni, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Morales/Carmen, Marullo/Rigoletto), the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (Il viaggio a Reims, Le nozze di Figaro, Arabella, Così fan tutte, Andrea Chenier), Tampere Opera (Belcore/L’elisir d’amore,

Sharpless/Madama Butterfly), and Japan, together with Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Staatsoper. He also appeared in the production of “Orlando Paladino” under René Jacobs.

Mr. Kataja is active as a recitalist and concert singer. Recent concert highlights include J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” with Bachakademie Stuttgart/Hans-Christoph Rademann and with DSO Berlin/Rinaldo Alessandrini, Händel’s Messiah with Philharmonie Dresden/Michael Sanderling and Ein deutsches Requiem with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam.

Arttu Kataja’s recordings include St Matthew Passion (Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi, 2013), Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Janowski/PentaTone, 2012),

DVD of Orlando Paladino (Jacobs/Petersen/Randle, EuroArts 2010), DVD of Manon (Barenboim/Netrebko/Villazon, Deutsche Grammophon 2007), several programmes for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE as well as CDs of Fredrick Pacius, Die Loreley (Sinfonia Lahti, Osmo Vänskä); Aulis Sallinen, Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan (The King goes forth to France), and Armas Launis, Aslak Hetta (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo).

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The Finnish baritone, Arttu Samuel Kataja, started his musical education with oboe lessons at the age of 9 at Mikkeli School of Music (1988-1997), and singing at and joined the vocal department of the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki (1998-2008). His voice teachers were Hilkka Tarkiainen (1995), Jorma Hynninen (1998), Irina Gavrilovici (2001) and Elisabeth Werres (2004).

He also attended master-classes with Ilmo Ranta (Lied), Hartmut Höll (Lied), Rudolf Bautz (voice), Peter Kooy (Baroque music), Olaf Bär (Lied) and Roger Vignoles (Lied). He is a prize winner of several competitions including: 1st prize at Kangasniemi Competition (2000), Martti Talvela scholarship (2001), 1st prize at Lappeenranta National Competition (2002), Special prize for Young Talent at Mirjam Helin International Competition (2004), 3rd prize and 1st public prize at the International Mozart Competition Salzburg (2006).

Guest engagements led Arttu Kataja to the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (Viaggio a Reims, Le nozze di Figaro, Arabella, Cosi fan tutte, Andrea Chenier, 2003, 2004, 2005), Tampere Opera (Belcore in L’elisir d’amore) the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Carmen 2006-2007, Rigoletto 2008), the Strassburg Festival, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf (Figaro, Masetto, Guglielmo, 2004, 2005) and Japan, together with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.

Since 2006 he has been an ensemble member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, performing such parts as Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Ottokar in Freischütz, Schaunard in Bohème, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Silvano in Un ballo in maschera, Heerrufer in Lohengrin, to name but a few. He has also apperad at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn (2002) and Thèatre du Capitole in Toulouse (2010, 2011).

Arttu Kataja is very active as a recitalist and concert singer. He has appeared in several European countries as well as the USA, with such orchestras as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester-Berlin, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra,

Mozarteum Orchester, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Sixth Floor Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, Freiburger Barockorchester, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Joensuu City Orchestra, Kymi Sinfonietta, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, and Mikkeli City Orchestra.

He performed at the renowned Finnish music Festivals of Kuhmo and Naantali and sang Haydn’s Creation under Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Helsinki Festival in 2004, as well as the Finnish music festivals of Kuhmo and Naantali. Conductors he has performed with include Alain Altinoglu, Ari Angervo, Philippe Auguin, Maurizio Barbacini, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Ottavio Dantone, Dennis Russell Davies, Gustavo Dudamel, Olari Elts, Dan Ettinger, Sascha Goetzel, Theodor Guschlbauer, Tuomas Hannikainen, Pietari Inkinen,

René Jacobs, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Okko Kamu, Juha Kangas, Eri Klas, Hannu Koivula, Juhani Lamminmäki, Andrew Lawrence-King, Paul Mann, Anssi Mattila, Andres Mustonen, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jan Söderblom, John Storgårds, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Kari Tikka, Osmo Vänskä, Ralf Weickert, Massimo Zanetti.

Arttu Kataja’s recordings include a DVD’s of Massenet’s:Manon with Daniel Barenboim, Netrebko and Villazon (Deutsche Grammophon 2007) and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino (Euroarts, 2010), several Programmes for the Finnish broadcast as well as CD’s of Rautavaara’s Aleksis Kivi (Ondine, 2002), Fredrick Pacius’s Die Loreley with Sinfonia Lahti and Osmo Vänskä (BIS, 2003);

Armas Launis’ Aslak Hetta with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo (Ondine, 2005), Aulis Sallinen’s Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan (The King goes forth to France) (Ondine, 2006), and Wahlström’s Kahdeksan laulua Aaro Hellaakosken runoihin (Fuga, 2007).

In Swedish

Han började som oboist vid nio års ålder och kom in på Sibeliusakademiens solosångslinje 1998. Han har vunnit många priser inklusive internationella Mozarttävlingen i Salzburg.

Kataja har sjungit på Finska nationaloperan, Savonlinna operafestival, Strassburgfestivalen, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Théatre du Capitole, Toulouse och de stora konserthusen med dirigenter som Barenboim, Blomstedt, Salonen, Dudamei, Jacobs och Lawrence-King. Sedan 2006 är han ensemblemedlem vid Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

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