Tuija Knihtilä

Tuija Knihtilä

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano

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2017Wagner R.: TannhäuserVenus
2017Ponchielli: La GiocondaLaura Adorno
2016Wagner: LohengrinOrtrud
2015Verdi: AidaAmneris
2015Verdi: AidaAmneris
2014Verdi: AidaAmneris
2014Wagner R.: TannhäuserVenus
2014Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
2013Verdi: AidaAmneris
2013Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne
2013Wagner R.: TannhäuserVenus
2013Wagner R.: TannhäuserVenus
2013Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
2012Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne
2012Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne
2011Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne
2011Wagner: LohengrinOrtrud
2010Verdi: AidaAmneris
2010Wagner R.: TannhäuserVenus


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Tuija Knihtilä - Mezzo-Soprano

Finnish mezzo-soprano Tuija Knihtilä studied at the Sibelius-
Academy, where she graduated with a Master of Music before
pursuing further studies in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste and
Zurich at the International Opera Studio.

Until 2010 she was engaged as a soloist in the ensemble of the
Finnish National Opera, where she performed in productions like Così
fan tutte, Rigoletto, Carmen, and particularly distinguished herself in
the role of Amneris/Aida. Since 2004 she is a regular guest at
Savonlinna Opera Festival.

The past seasons saw Ms. Knihtilä’s great success as
Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos and as Venus/Tannhäuser at the Oslo
Opera, her debut as Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde in Weimar and her
participation in the world premiere of Kimmo Hakola’s opera La Fenice
at the Savolinna Opera Festival. She returned to Oslo as
Santuzza/Cavalleria Rusticana and Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde.

Thanks to this role, she also made her Italian debut at the Teatro la
Fenice in Venice, in a production of Myung Whun Chung. Further
highlights of the recent past include performances as
Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde in Chemnitz, Amneris/Aida and
Santuzza/Cavalleria Rusticana in Sao Paulo and Venus/Tannhäuser
in Copenhagen and at the Oper Frankfurt, in a production by Vera
Nemirova, under the baton of Constantin Trinks. Her stunning
interpretation of Ortrud/Lohengrin in Savonlinna in summer 2013
received great reviews from public and critics, and with this role she
also returned to Copenhagen in 2016 with great success. Highlights of
last season include new productions of Amneris/Aida at the opera
Malmö and at the Theater Bonn, conducted by Will Humburg. A recent
concert tour through Europe of Jean Sibelius’s Symphony Kullervo
was extremely successful and she made her USA debut in 2015, with
Amneris/Aida at the Austin Oper in Texas.


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Future engagements include a new production and role debut in La
Gioconda/Laura at the Malmö Opera as well as world premiere of
Aulis Sallinen’s Opera Linna Vedessä at the Savonlinna Opera

Tuija Knihtilä is also a sought-after concert singer. She has worked
with Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Mikko Franck, John Fiore
and with many of the leading Scandinavian and European orchestras.


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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner R.: Tannhäuser Venus 24 hours Staatstheater Darmstadt 2017
Ponchielli: La Gioconda Laura Adorno 24 hours Malmö Opera 2017
Wagner: Lohengrin Ortrud 24 hours Royal Danish Opera (det Kongelige Teater) 2016
Verdi: Aida Amneris 24 hours Austin Lyric Opera 2015
Verdi: Aida Amneris 24 hours Malmö Opera 2015