Baritone Waltteri Torikka is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising new talents in the next generation of opera singers from Finland.
Waltteri Torikka has his Master’s degree from the Opera Department of Sibelius Academy and from the Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen.
Torikka studied under guidance of Susanna Eken, Kirsten Buhl Møller, Roland Hermann and Pekka Kähkönen. He has attended masterclasses and received private tuition from high level teachers such as Julia Varady, Karita Mattila, Jeffrey Goldberg, Dale Fundling, Christen Stubbe Teglbjaerg, Elisabeth Werres, Helmut Deutsch, Mikael Eliasen, Jose Van Dam and Udo Reinemann.
Torikka made his debut at the Finnish National Opera in 2009 as “Herastuomari” in Madetoja’s “Ostrobothnians”. At the Savonlinna Operafestival 2014 he appeared as ”Yamadori” in ”Madama Butterfly” and as ”Morales” in ”Carmen”. He sang “Melot” in the internationally acclaimed Tristan production by Salonen, Sellars & Viola at the Helsinki Festival and Baltic Sea Festival in 2012. Waltteri Torikka is the artistic director for a new comissioned work, the life of nobelist in literature F.E.Sillanpää, which will be premiered in 2017 in Finland.