The Finnish mezzo soprano Tuija Knihtilä studied at the Sibelius- Academy, where she graduated with a Master of Music before continuing further studies in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste and in Zurich at the International Opera Studio.
She was a soloist of the Finnish National Opera’s ensemble, until 2010, where she performed in productions as Così fan tutte, Rigoletto, Carmen and particularly distinguished herself in the role of Amneris in Aida. Starting from 2004 she is an habitual guest at Savonlinna Opera Festival.
In the last season Ms. Knihtilä gained great success as Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and as Venus in Tannhäuser at Den Norske Opera, she debuted as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde in Weimar and she took part at the world premiere of Kimmo Hakola’s La Fenice. She then returned to Oslo as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. Thanks to this role, she also made her Italian debut at the Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice, directed by Myung Whun Chung.
Further highlights of the recent past include her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde in Chemnitz, her interpretation of Amneris in Aida in Sao Paulo and her Venus in Tannhäuser at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. Her last summer stunning interpretation of Ortrud in Lohengrin in Savonlinna received great reviews from public and critics, as well.
Tuija Knihtilä is also an esteemed concert singer. She has worked with Leif Segerstam, Esa Pekka Salonen, Mikko Franck and with some of the leading Scandinavian and European orchestras.
Among her recent engagements, Venus in Tannhäuser at the Oper Frankfurt in a production by Vera Nemirova, under the baton of Constantin Trinks, and Amneris in a new production of Aida at the Theater Bonn and Malmo Opera, Cavalleria Rusticana in Sao Paulo, Kullervo in Savonlinna, La Gioconda in Malmo, Tristan und Isolde in Sao Paulo and Aida in Austin.