Olga Heikkila

Olga Heikkila

Lyric Soprano

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A singer of the new generation, Olga Heikkilä impresses with her large repertoire and high aims. Her soprano has been described as mellifluous and elegant, while her lively interpretative skills have received high praise. Having graduated in 2013 under the supervision of Susanna Eken and Anne Margrether Dahl from the Danish Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen, she is also holding MA in Music from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki. Currently she is working at the highly appreciated Stuttgart State Opera with famous German director Andrea Breth and French maestro Franck Ollu.  Her recent and future engagements include Soprano in Jacob Lenz, opera by Rhim in Stuttgart, La Monnaix (Brussels) and Staaatsoper Berlin. Also she will sing Maskerade by Nielsen and Candide by Bernstein in Den Fynske Opera as well as Messiah by Händel with Odense Symphony Orchestra. The opera projects at the Danish Royal Opera Academy have given Ms. Heikkilä the opportunity to shine on stage in the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Pamina/Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart, Adina/L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti and Manon by J. Massenet. She has also undertaken the roles of Anne Trulove/Rake's Progress, Zdenka/Arabella, Ginevra/Ariodante and Liu/Turandot. In the 2012-2013 season of the Danish Royal Opera Ms. Heikkilä sung the roles of Azema/Semiramide by G. Rossini, and Scintilla, Criside and Habinnas in the Opera Academy production of Satyricon by Bruno Maderna. Ms. Heikkilä's wide Romantic repertoire is complemented by Baroque music, which she has studied accompanied by teachers like Tuuli Lindeberg. Her Baroque performances encompass the 2009 Helsinki Historical Music Week, the 2009 Tuusulanjärvi Chamber Music Festival and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra concert series in 2010. She has sung oratorium solos in J. S. Bach's Matteus and Johannes passions, Händel's Messiah and Stabat Mater by Pergolesi. In addition to these genres, Ms. Heikkilä also enjoys singing modern music and has worked with young Finnish composers such as Ville Matvejeff and Jouni Hirvelä, and modern music pianist Emil Holmström. Ms. Heikkilä has taken master classes with renowned singers and teachers including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Siegfried Jerusalem and Mikael Eliasen from Curtis Institute. Her growing spectrum of performances outside Finland include the 2008 Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, the 2009 Norwegian Olavsfestdagene Music Festival, 2011 Golden Days Music Festival and Modern Music Festival UMN in Danmark, Aix-en-Province Music Festival 2012 in France and Valery Gergiev's Music Festival in Mikkeli 2014. Ms. Heikkilä has received several scholarships and prized for her artistic work in Finnland and Denmark and recently received the special prize at the prestigious International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch in Netherlands.
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