Piia

Rytkönen

soprano

Biography


Praised for her natural expression and sparkling timbre of her voice, Finnish soprano Piia Rytkönen is a requested singer both in her home country Finland as well as in Austria, where she is currently based. Her concert repertoire includes everything from opera to lied as well as modern music. From March 2022 on she is engaged to the Vienna State Opera Choir.

In spring 2021 she sang the main role in F. Suppe's Die Schöne Galathée and Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro in Graz (MUMUTH), Austria and in autumn 2021 she sang the role of "Elli" in world premiere of Petri Herranen's Kaukaisiin Maailmoihin in Iisalmi, Oulu and Kiiminki.

Former opera roles which Rytkönen has performed fully on the stage include Constance in F. Poulenc' s Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Graz, MUMUTH), Nerina in J. Haydn' s La Fedelta Premiata (Graz, MUMUTH) and Frau Fluth in O. Nicolai's Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Graz, KUG) as well as Clarice in J. Haydn' s Il Mondo della Luna (Tampere, TAMK).

Rytkönen has received a Special Prize at the Helsinki Lied! 2015 competition and has reached the finals in both Timo Mustakallio competition 2015 and Kangasniemi singing competition 2019.

Rytkönen has sung as a soloist with Finnish symphony orchestras such as Tamko, Tahdistin and Ylä-Savo Symphony Orchestra and is a regular member of the contemporary music ensemble Tampering Ensemble, which focuses on performing new music by young composers. In April 2022, Rytkönen sang in Mozartsaal of Wiener Konzarthaus with Philharmony Lugansk.

In the past two years Rytkönen has sang as a soloist in Dvorak's D-major mass in Kuopio, in the modern opera Köpfe by G. Lampersberg in Graz, at the Young Nordic Music Festival 2020 with Tampering Ensemble in Tampere, at a Fundraising Dinner in Belvedere, Vienna and in Urkuyö ja Aaria festival in Espoo, only to name a few. In the summer 2022 she is engaged to the Bayreuth Festival Choir.

Rytkönen completed her bachelor's degree at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland under instruction of Petri Antikainen. She obtained her master's degree in October 2021 from the opera class of the University of Performing Arts Graz, Austria under the instruction of Prof. Helena Zubanovich. She is also currently completing her second masters in singing at the Sibelius Academy. She has moreover gathered inspiration at master classes around Europe with teachers such as Irina Gavrilovici, Helen and Claus Donath, Ritva-Liisa Korhonen, Hartmut Höll, Mikko Franck, Rilla Kyykkä and different pioneers at the Lied Academy of Finland.

Her career has been supported by Pohjois-Savo Cultural Foundation, Olvi-säätiö and Ylä-Savon säätiö.

Media

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Videos





W. A. Mozart: "Giunse alfin il momento... Deh, vieni non tardar" - Susanna's aria from Le Nozze di Figaro



E. Melartin: Aino's aria to the birch from the opera Aino

Repertoire

Opera and musical

Haydn, Joseph
La Fedelta Premiata, Nerina
Il Mondo della Luna, Clarice

Lampersberg, Gerhard
Köpfe,

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Le Nozze di Figaro, Susanna

Nicolai, Otto
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Frau Fluth

Poulenc, Francis
Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Constance

Suppé, Franz von
Die Schöne Galathée, Galathée


Concert repertoire

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Johannes-Passion

Britten, Benjamin
On This Island

Dvorák, Antonín
D-Major Messe

Grieg, Edvard
Op. 48

Händel, Georg Friedrich
Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Requiem

Poulenc, Franz
Le Courte Paille

Rutter, John
Magnificat

Saariaho, Kaija
Leino Songs

Schumann, Clara
op. 12, op. 13

Calendar

2022

nov

5

Mozart: Requiem, Iisalmi

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nov

6

Mozart: Requiem, Kiuruvesi

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nov

23

LC-Kuopio kalakukko 40 Years Jubilee Concert Kupio Music Center

Ossi Jauhiainen Piia Rytkönen Veli-Pekka Varpula Kristiina Brask Everett W. Miller Tahdistin Orchestra, Harri Hyppölä Heikki Mononen Alava Church Choir Houseband

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2022

aug

12

Kesäillan konsertti - 2 tenoria ja sopraano

Piia Rytkönen, sopraano Ossi Jauhiainen, tenori Veli-Pekka Varpula, tenori

Siilinjärven kirkko, 12.8.2022 klo 18

aug

11

Sibelius-Academy's masterdegree's profile concert 11.8.2022 at 6 pm R-kamarimusiikkisali, Helsinki

Piia Rytkönen, soprano Tuula Hällström, piano

may

8

Äitienpäivän kahvikonsertti Villa Kiven kirjailijatalon juhlatilassa

Mother's day concert organized by Gigli society

Piia Rytkönen, soprano Tuomas Miettola, tenor Jari Hiekkapelto, piano

At 3:30 PM Linnunlauluntie 7, Helsinki

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apr

26

Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozarsaal at 6:30 PM

Music of Kurt Schmid with Lugansk Philharmonic Orchestra - Jubilee Concert in honor of Kurt Schimd's 80th anniversary

apr

17

Soprano solist in F. Schubert's Mass in G major, D 167 in Stift Vorau, Austria

2021

dec

18

Christmas Concert at Spa Hotel Runni, Iisalmi

Piia Rytkönen, soprano Tuomas Miettola, tenor Jari Hiekkapelto, piano

nov

30

Petri Herranen's world premiere of "Kaukaisiin Maailmoihin". Based on Juhani Aho's "Papin rouva". Sanna Huhtela - Dramaturgy, Pictures, Lyrics, Director Piia Rytkönen - Elli Timo Turunto - Olavi Rauno Tikkanen - Conductor Ulla-Maija Aaltomaa - Narrator

Iisalmi Culture Center

nov

21

Petri Herranen's "Papin Rouva". Based on Juhani Aho's book "Papin rouva". Sanna Huhtela - Dramaturgy, Pictures, Lyrics, Director Petri Herranen, piano Piia Rytkönen - Elli Timo Turunto - Olavi Ulla-Maija Aaltomaa - Narrator

Oulun vanha pappila

nov

10

"Iisalmi 130" Gala Concert in Culture Center, Iisalmi.

Orchestra by Ylä-Savo Music Institute (Rauno Tikkanen) Emma Balbatsu Piia Rytkönen Tuomas Miettola Timo Turonto Ulmala youth association dancers

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jun

24

Piia Rytkönen, sopran, Veli-Pekka Varpula, tenor, Erkki Korhonen, piano

Organ night & Aria Festival, Espoo

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jun

5

A concert version of Le Nozze di Figaro can be seen live trough this link on the 5th of June at 19 PM (CET)

Conductor (KUG orchestra): Raphael Fusco

Conte: Stefan Jovanovic Contessa: Belén Alonso Alonso Susanna: Piia Rytkönen Figaro: Yichen Gao Cherubino: Sara Setar Marcellina: Dayana Aksamit Bartolo: Martin Simonowski Basilio: Hamin Park Barbarina: Juhee Kang Antonio: Lovro Kotnik Don Curzio: Dmitry Kaplinski Due Donne Juhee Kang, Saba Hasanoglu

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Concert reviews

"Her technically fluent work had that feisty expression and bright sounding soprano notes that the role of Clarice requires."

— Aamulehti, for the whole review, click here!

"Especially the two sopranos Ivana Ristic and Piia Rytkönen performed their highly difficult roles admirably and brilliantly"

— Kleine Zeitung, for the whole review, click here!

"Soulfully beautiful soprano of Piia Rytkönen floated like “lux aeterna” to the cognition of the listeners"

— Savon Sanomat, for the whole review, click here!

"I liked her performance because of its musical touch; that singer has something to say."

Contact

p.+358 505281092

rytkonenpiia @ gmail.com