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Arttu Kataja

Arttu Kataja

Arttu Kataja has won various singing competitions, including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. He has been a student of the distinguished Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and in 2006 became a regular member of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. Since then he has interpreted such important roles as Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Il Conte and Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Papageno/Zauberflöte, Belcore/L’elisir d’amore and has frequently worked with such esteemed conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Asher Fisch, René Jacobs, Philippe Jordan, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Omer Meir Wellber.
Guest engagements have led him to the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Festival de Musique Strasbourg, Theâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile as well as to Japan, together with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
He toured Europe performing a concert version of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino under the baton René Jacobs, with whom he works regularly, in a production by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin.

Arttu Kataja is a versatile concert artist as well. He worked with such orchestras as The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing, among others, Bach's Cantata BWV 82 Ich habe genug with both the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert Blomstedt. He has also been guest at the Helsinki Festival, where he sang Haydn’s Creation conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as at the Finnish Music Festivals in Kuhmo and Naantali.
Along many sacred masterpieces by Bach, Mozart and Handel, Arttu Kataja has released a number of distinguished recordings for the Finnish Radio and performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on occasion of the opening celebration of “Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture”.

He performed recitals in Finland, where he recently sang Schubert's Winterreise at the Rauma Festivo Music Festival with the pianist Ralf Gothóni, as well as in Germany, Denmark, France and the USA.

Current season’s highlights on concert stage include the Messiah with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and a European tour featuring Bach Cantatas BWV 198 and BWV 213, with René Jacobs and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.

In addition to the Matthäus-Passion conducted by René Jacobs and recently released by harmonia mundi, Arttu Kataja’s recordings include: Orlando Paladino (Jacobs / Petersen / Randle, Euro Arts 2010), Manon (Barenboim / Netrebko / Villazón, German Grammophon 2007), Fredrik Pacius’ The Loreley (Sinfonia Lahti Osmo Vänskä), Sallinen’s Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan (The King goes forth to France); Armas Launis’ Aslak Hetta (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo).