RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
- Verdi's Requiem at the Finnish National Opera.
- Elsa von Brabant in Wagner's Lohengrin, Contessa Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figrao and Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore, at the Estonian National Opera;
- Erste Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, at the Savonnlina Festival;
- Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner, at the Eurajoki Festival (Finland).
Finnish soprano Silja Aalto is hailed for the beauty and clarity of her voice and her captivating stage presence. She holds a master’s degree in opera singing from the Sibelius Academy Finland. She is a Grand Prize Winner of Metropolitan International Music Festival (New York, 2017), Second Prize winner in Elizabeth Connell Prize Competition (Sydney, 2017), Winner of Toivo Kuula Singing Competition (Alavus, Finland, 2016). Her studies have been funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation. She holds a stipendium from Finnish Wagner Society (2018) and appeared as a soprano soloist in concert at the Bayreuth Festspiele in the same year.
Ms. Aalto made her professional debut as Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, at the Estonian National Opera, in 2018. Since then, she has appeared there as a regular guest, singing the roles of Mimí in Puccini’s La Bohème, Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and, latest, as Elsa von Brabant in Wagner’s Lohengrin.
In Finland, Silja Aalto has sung at Savonlinna Opera Festival, Tampere Opera, Oulu Theatre and Jyväskylä Opera, among others. Her operatic repertoire includes roles of Elsa von Brabant, Leonora, Mimí, Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Gutrune and Dritte Norn in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Contessa Almaviva, Erste Dame, Frasquita, First Woman in Kokkonen’s Last Temptations, Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff and Helena in Britten’s Midsummernight’s Dream.
Ms. Aalto has sung with numerous symphony orchestras in Finland, Estonia and Latvia. She has collaborated with conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Tarmo Peltokoski, Arvo Volmer, Eduardo Strausser, Kristiina Poska and Ville Matvejeff. Her wide concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, Mozart and Faurè’s Requiems, Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue and Saariaho’s Mirage. She also has an extensive lied repertoire with Sibelius and Strauss songs.