Hanna-Leena Haapamäki Hanna-Leena Haapamäki, soprano

Finnish soprano Hanna-Leena Haapamäki received her Master of Music degree in 2005 from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she studied with Ritva Auvinen She further attended master classes with Renata Scotto, Irina Gavrilovic, Gundula Janowitz and Udo Reinemann.

Ms. Haapamäki came second at the Lappeenranta Singing Competition in 2004 and received the Finnish National Opera special prize.

In Fall 2005 the young artist made her debut at the Finnish National Opera as Fiakermilli in Arabella. Her repertoire also includes such roles as Frasquita in Bizet' s Carmen(FNO), Maria in Rautavaara's Rasputin (FNO), The Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute (Tampere), Oscar/Un ballo in maschera (Oulu), the title role in Janacek's The cunning little Vixen, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Serafina in Donizetti's Il campanello, Venus/Orfeus in der Unterwelt, Olympia/Les contes d'Hoffmann as well as Amor in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

Hanna-Leena Haapamäki has has worked with such conductors as John Storgårds, Mikko Franck, Okko Kamu, Ralf Weikert, Howard Arman, Sian Edwards and Arvo Volmer. She has sung concerts with the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Tapiola, Lahti, Joensuu and Oulu as well as the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the St. Petersburg's Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Ms. Haapamäki's concert repertoire includes such compositions as the passions of St. John and St. Matthew as well as the mass in b-minor by Bach, Händel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, Mozart's Requiem, mass in c-minor, Exultate, jubilate as well as Pergolesi's Stabat mater, Tippett's A child of our time, Schönberg: Die Jakobsleiter, Kortekangas: De virtute in virtutem and Szymanowski: Stabat mater.

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