Marja Kari

Marja Kari

Light Dramatic Soprano

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«"Marja Kari also had a singing quality to her voice, with strong expression needed by her role as Venerina."» (2017)
«Greatly singing Marja Kari is his wife Venerina, a vibrant young woman who is disappointed in his foreign husband Lars.»
Hufvudstadsbladet (2017)
«In an unusual move, the role of the Major Domo was taken by a woman, Marja Kari. [...] in passing on her unseen master’s insane performance demands, she was appropriately irritating, condescending and insufferable.»
2017Strauss R.: ArabellaAdelaide
2016Wagner: Die WalküreWaltraute
2016Wagner: ParsifalFirst group flowermaiden, third voice
2015Wagner: Das RheingoldWellgunde
2014Mozart: Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame (second Lady)
2012Mozart: Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame (second Lady)


Dramatic soprano Marja Kari is a versatile musician with a rich and powerful voice. She has performed modern and contemporary music including several world premieres, for example the role of Venerina in Paolo Rosato's opera Lars Cleen - Lo Straniero. Marja is especially interested in Richard Wagner's music and she has performed several ensemble roles in Wagner's operas: Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Waltraute (Die Walküre) and 3. Blumenmädchen (Parsifal). The timbre of her voice is especially well suited for zwischenfach roles. She has performed as an orchestra soloist with Helsinginkatu Philharmonic and Töölö Brass.

Marja graduated from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, and did exchange studies in Hochscule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in Germany. Previously she has graduated from Conservatory of Helsinki as a pianist. She has studied privately with Cynthia Makris and Janet Williams and in masterclasses with a.o. Mika Kares, Ashley Stafford, Csilla Boross and Franz Lukasovsky. She started as a mezzo soprano and has made the transition to dramatic soprano repertoire.

In addition to solo work she has professional opera chorus experience from Finnish National Opera and Savonlinna Opera Festival, and from visiting performances at Hong Kong Arts Festival.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Der Komponist Immediately Miami Music Festival 2018
Verdi: La Traviata Flora Bervoix Immediately Narnia Festival 2018
Strauss R.: Arabella Adelaide 24 hours Opera Studio Aino 2017
Wagner: Die Walküre Waltraute 1 week Helsinginkadun filharmonikot 2016
Wagner: Parsifal First group flowermaiden, third voice 24 hours Aino Ackté Chamber Music Festival 2016