Finnish tenor Tuomas Katajala makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte).
Katajala studied at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, the Amsterdam Conservatory with Udo Reinemann and the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro with Alberto Zedda. He was a member of Finnish National Opera 2009–14, performing roles including Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Count Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Fenton (Falstaff), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and Albert Herring. He has since returned to Finnish National Opera to sing roles including Steersman (Der fliegende Holländer), Sailor/Shepherd (Tristan und Isolde), David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Lensky (Eugene Onegin). Engagements elsewhere include Osman (Almira) for Hamburg State Opera, Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Count Almaviva for Komische Oper Berlin, Ernesto for Norwegian National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival and Don Ottavio, Tamino and Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Concert engagements include Shostakovich’s Suite on Finnish Themes with St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, Penderecki’s Polish Requiem with the composer for the Naantali Music Festival and in Madrid’s National Auditorium of Music, the Evangelist (St John Passion) on tour in Spain with Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, St Matthew Passion with Finnish Baroque Orchestra and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Tokyo.