Distinguished and Grammy-awarded soprano has made many remarkable opera roles during her career. Her roles have included Isolde in Tristan and Isolde by Wagner and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni by Mozart. She has performed around the world with many different musicians, orchestras and ensembles.
Johanna Rusanen-Kartano began her vocal studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and undertook additional training in Berlin and Vienna. In 1995, she won the Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition and the Lappeenranta National Singing Competition in 1996. Johanna Rusanen-Kartano was awarded a scholarship by the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1998-2000, and in 2001 she won the Karita Mattila prize. Johanna Rusanen-Kartano is in demand as an orchestral and oratorio soloist, and she has also given lied concerts in Japan, Chile, the USA and North Korea, in addition to many European countries. Her versatile repertoire also includes lighter music, such as operetta, musical and film music, as well as jazz standards.