Tommi HakalaTommi Hakala, baritone

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Tommi Hakala graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with special distinction 1998. In receiving the renowned “BBC Singer of the World 2003 in Cardiff” award at the International Singing Competition, Finnish baritone Tommi Hakala made an important step towards a truly promising international career. He has received the first Matti Salminen Grant in 1997 and was awarded the 1st prize at the national Merikanto Singing Competition in 2001.

From 1998 to 2001 the young artist performed numerous leading roles in the ensemble of the Nuremberg Opera. His years at the Leipzig Opera 2001-2004 won him increasing renown for such parts as Wolfram, Posa, Germont, Ford, Conte / Le nozze di Figaro, Chorèbe / Les Troyens and during the engagement in the Finnish National Opera 2008-2013 he expanded his repertoire to the roles like Amfortas, Kurwenal,  Escamillo, Onegin and Renato.
Guest engagemants have included further perfomances in the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Valentin & Schaunard), Staatsoper Dresden (Guglielmo, Ford), Strasbourg (Ford), Kopenhagen  (Posa & Wolfram), De Vlaamse Opera (Danilo, Don Giovanni & Onegin), Teatro Real Madrid (Carmina Burana & Szenen aus Goethes Faust), San Francisco & Atlanta (Conte), Savonlinna Opera Festival (Valentin, Silvio, Wolfram and Kullervo), De nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (Belcore & Macbeth), Essen (Belcore & Macbeth), Budapest (Simon in Rautavaara’s Kaivos), Montpellier (Orest), Geneve (Conte) and Teatro Regio Torino (Simone / Eine florentinische Tragödie & Peter, Hänsel und Gretel).

Tommi Hakala has given concerts in many European cities as well as in the U.S.A. Further engagements have included Bach: Matthäus Passion, Haydn: Die Schöpfung, Orff: Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn: Paulus, Britten: War Requiem, Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes Faust, Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & 8th Symphony,  Sibelius: Kullervo Symphony, Zemlinsky: Lyrische Sinfonie, Vaughn-Williams: Sea Symphony, James MacMillan: St.John's Passion to name but a few.

He has worked with conductors like Leif Segerstam, Okko Kamu, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu, John Storgårds, Mikko Franck and like Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Pinchas Steinberg, Michael Schønwandt, Friedemann Layer, Xian Zhang, Kristjan Järvi, Carlo Rizzi, Asher Fish, Jac Van Steen, Jaap Van Zweden, Thomas Hengelbrock, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis & Mariss Jansons.

Recently Tommi Hakala sang Macbeth in Essen and in Amsterdam, Peter in Teatro Regio Torino, Athanël, Kurwenal and Orest in the Finnish National Opera, Jago at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Simon in Rautavaara’s Kaivos in Budapest.

Upcoming engagements include Psalmus-Symphony by Klami with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ilmarinen in Die Kalewainen in Pochjola (W.P) by Müller-Berghaus in Turku, Johannes-Passion with Cantores Minores in Helsinki,  Keihäitä (W.P.) by Paavo Korpijaakko with Tampere Philharmony, Linna Vedessä (W.P.) by Sallinen at the Savonlinna Opera Festival and Kullervo by Sibelius & Viktor in Höstsonate (W.P.) by Sebastian Fagerlund at the Finnish National Opera.

In 2019-21 Hakala deputes as Wotan in Rheingold and Die Walküre, as well as Wanderer in Siegfried in the new Ring-production of the Finnish National Opera, which will be directed by Kari Heiskanen and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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RECORDINGS
-Jean Sibelius, Kullervo-Symphony (ODE 1122-5) with Helsinki Philharmonic Orch.& Leif Segerstam
-Aulis Sallinen Kuningas lähtee ranskaan (King goes forth to France; ODE 1066-2D) with Helsinki Philharmonic Orch. & Okko Kamu
-Jean Sibelius, Orchestra Songs "Spirit Of Nature" (BIS-CD-1565) with Lahti Sinfonia & Osmo Vänskä
-Jean Sibelius "The origin of fire" (BIS-CD-1525) with Lahti Sinfonia & Osmo Vänskä
-"Great Baritone Arias" (ODE 1048-2) with Tampere Philharmonic Orch.& Eri Klas
-"Valkoiset Ruusut" (ODE 1136-2) with Tampere Philharmonic Orch.& John Storgårds
-Rautavaara, Auringon talo (House of the sun) with Oulu Symphony Orchestra & Mikko Franck (ODE 1032-2D)
-Toivo Kuula songs, "Tule, armaani" (ODE 1087-2) with Kristian Attila, piano
-Ralph Vaugh Williams, A Sea Symphony (VKJK 0731) with MDR & Howard Arman
-Focus Ensemble (JaseCD 0040), M.Heiniö: Sextet, J.Sermilä: Ensimmäinen toukokuuta (First of May)
-Mikko Heiniö, Symphony No. 2 (Sony 88697 630212) with Turku Philharmonic Orch. & Petri Sakari
-Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8 (RCO 13003) with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Mariss Jansons
-Richard Wagner, Tannhäuser / Wolfram (Decca DVD-Video 0440 074 3390 4 DH 2) with Royal Danish Opera; Kasper Holten, Regie & Friedemann Layer, conductor
- Norden” - Songs by Jean Sibelius (Alba ABCD 384) with Pia Freund, soprano & Kristian Attila, piano
- Jean Sibelius, Kullervo-Symphony (BIS-9048 SACD) with Osmo Vänskä & Minnesota Orchestra