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ELLI VALLINOJA, mezzo-soprano

Elli Vallinoja is a young Finnish mezzo who has been praised for her beautiful and well-carrying voice and strong stage presence. She is a graduate of the Sibelius Academy and studied there in the Vocal department both opera performance and vocal pedagogy.


In June 2018 she received both the second price and the lied price in the international Haydn competition for classical lied and aria. In 2016 she was one of the finalists in international Zinka Milanov competition in Croatia and in international Wilhelm Stenhammar competition in Sweden. On national level competitions she is the winner of the first prize in Erkki Melartin Lied competition(2010) and the third prize in Kangasniemi Singing competition(2011).


Season 2017-2018 Elli Vallinoja appeared as Kate Pinkerton (G.Puccini: Madama Butterfly), Ines (G. Verdi: Il trovatore), Die Knappe and Blumenmädchen(R. Wagner: Parsifal) at The Finnish National Opera. She made her debut at FNO already year 2010 in the role of Emmie (B.Britten: Albert Herring). Other previous roles at the Finnish National Opera include Summer girl (A. Merikanto: Juha), Ida (J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus), Meg Giry (A. L. Webber: The Phantom of the Opera) and Mother/Janitor woman(T. Hietala: Miracle boy A).


Highlight of season 2016-2017 was Vallinoja’s well-received International debut as Ottavia in Opera de Lyon’s production of Monteverdi’s opera Incoronazione di Poppea. The production was also performed at Opera de Vichy and at the Royal opera of Versailles.

She has sung as an opera and concert soloist e.g. at Turku Music Festival, Turku City Theatre, Ilmajoki Music Festival, Mänttä Music Festival, and Lemi Music Festival. As a soloist she has performed e.g. in Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Händel’s Messiah. She sings also contemporary music and has world premiered pieces from Finnish composers such as Ville Matvejeff, Jukka Nykänen and Kirmo Lintinen.


Her musical training started already at the age of four with piano lessons. During her school years she also sang in several choirs, bands and a cappella groups. Contemporary musical theatre was also big part of her life and her first professional engagements were in theatrical productions such as the Fiddler on the roof. In year 2010 she even appeared in a leading role in a musical film ”If You Love”. Although classical music is now her main career she also enjoys singing other styles occasionaly, especially old jazz standards.


Vallinoja is a grantee of Finnish Cultural foundation, Selim Eskelin foundation and Pro Musica foundation.


Season 2018/2019 (representation: non-exclusive) 


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