Saara is a young up-and-coming soprano from Salo, Finland who possesses “a brilliant beautiful voice with agility and freshness throughout the entire range”. She has received praise for her bright, and warm voice and beautiful expressive performance.
In the season 2018-2019 Rauvala is studying at the Malmö Opera Academy and as a part of her studies she’s is singing the roles of Princess and Rövare in Benjamin Staern’s opera Snödrottningen at the Malmö Opera. In the spring of 2019 she sang F. Poulenc’s monologueopera in The Helsinki music centre and in the autumn of 2018, she was a soprano soloist with Stockholm Concert Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem. In the summer of 2018, she received the 3rd price in Kangasniemi singing competition.
Rauvala has graduated as a Bachelor of Opera from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in the spring of 2018 with Robert Hyman and Ulrika Tenstam as her teachers. During her time in Stockholm, she also studied privately with Professor Dorothy Irving. By the time she had finished her studies in Stockholm, she had performed the roles of Monica (G.C. Menotti: The Medium), Miss Wordsworth (B. Britten: Albert Herring) and done her debut at The Royal Swedish Opera as Papagena (W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberlöte).
In addition, she has visited the Vadstena Academy and sang the leading role in their summer production “Kär och Galen” in Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Nina. The following year she sang Pamina in Lyric Opera Studio Weimar’s production (W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberlöte). In summer 2018 she sang Antonia in Opera Studio Aino’s konzertante version at the Helsinki Conservatory (J. Offenbach: The tales of Hoffmann). She did her first musical role in 2011 when she sang the role of Liesl from The Sound of Music at Teatteri Provinssi in Salo, Finland. Among opera, Rauvala has a large varied repertoire which includes composers such as Berg, Sibelius, Madetoja, Melartin, Kuula, Grieg, Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, and Debussy.
Rauvala is currently studying under the tutelage of soprano Reetta Haavisto. In addition, she is studying privately with conductor Professor Niels Muus and pianist Professor Ulrich Staerk. She has even participated in masterclasses with Soile Isokoski, Rilla Kyykkä, and Mikko Franck.
She has received scholarships from Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien, 25 June 1988 foundation, and Vadstena Academy´s scholarship. In 2016 she received a cultural prize from Salon Seudun Sanomat.
|En nunna för mycket||Bibbi Ajmfirst||Ystads Teater||28.6.2019|