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Arttu Kataja, baritone


A prize winner of several competitions including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Finnish baritone Arttu Kataja graduated from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and became a member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 2006 performing such parts as Count/Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Besenbinder/Hänsel und Gretel, 

Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Marcello/La Bohéme, to name but a few.


Guest engagements have led him to Theater an der Wien (Mr. Slender/Salieri’s Falstaff), Théâtre du Capitole (Scherasmin/Oberon, 

Schaunard/La Bohéme), Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile (Mr. Flint/Billy Budd, Belcore/L’elisir d’amore), Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Figaro, Masetto, Guglielmo), the Strassburg Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Leporello/Don Giovanni, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Morales/Carmen, Marullo/Rigoletto), the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (Il viaggio a Reims, Le nozze di Figaro, Arabella, Così fan tutte, Andrea Chenier), Tampere Opera (Belcore/L’elisir d’amore, 

Sharpless/Madama Butterfly), and Japan, together with Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Staatsoper. He also appeared in the production of "Orlando Paladino" under René Jacobs.

Mr. Kataja is active as a recitalist and concert singer. Recent concert highlights include J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" with Bachakademie Stuttgart/Hans-Christoph Rademann and with DSO Berlin/Rinaldo Alessandrini, Händel's Messiah with Philharmonie Dresden/Michael Sanderling and Ein deutsches Requiem with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam.


Arttu Kataja’s recordings include lied recitals ”Winterreise” (Alba 2022) and ”Serious Songs” (Alba 2020), Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Carus, 2019), St Matthew Passion (Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi, 2013), Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Janowski/PentaTone, 2012), DVD of Orlando Paladino (Jacobs/Petersen/Randle, EuroArts 2010), DVD of Manon (Barenboim/Netrebko/Villazon, Deutsche Grammophon 2007), several programmes for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE as well as CDs of Fredrick Pacius, Die Loreley (Sinfonia Lahti, Osmo Vänskä); Aulis Sallinen, Kuningas lähtee Ranskaan (The King goes forth to France), and Armas Launis, Aslak Hetta (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo).