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Tuomas Katajala is one of the most versatile and sought after Scandinavian tenors and makes remarkable career equally in the opera, oratorio, concert and lied genres. 


Engagements in the season 2022/2023 includes among others 

Parsifal at Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano & conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, a New Year concerts of Beethoven´s 9th Symphony at Wiener Konzerthouse with Wien Symphoniker & conductor Klaus Mäkelä, a new production of Weber's Der Freischütz, role of Max at Theater an der Wien,

Britten Sérénade Op.31 at Paris Maison de la France Grand Auditorium with Orchestre Radio de la France & conductor Mikko Franck, Stravinky´s Oedipus Rex (Oedipi) at Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano & conductor Andrey Boreyko

and Das Lied von der Erde in Dresden with Kremerata Baltica.


The season 2021/2022 included, among others
Don Ottavio  / Mozart Don Giovanni at Bolshoi
Theatre Moscow (a new productio) & Conductor Tugan Sokhiev, a new production and French premiere of

Braunfels´s Die Vögel / Hoffegut at Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg, Alfred Schnittke´s Faust Kantate concerts at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma & Conductor Antonio Pappano (cancelled of Covid pandemic),
J.S. Bach St.John Passion (evangelist) concert at Gulbenkian, Lissabon. Concert with Potsdam Kammerakademie & conductor Antonello Manacorda and as soloist with Die Deutsche Kammerphilaharmonie Bremen (Summer in Lesmona).

The season 2020/21 included, among others, Erik/Der fliegende Holländer in Tampere Hall and return to London Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Der fliegende Holländer as Steuermann and Erik and also he had to make his debyt at Opéra de Lyon in a new Dmitri Tcherniakov´s production of Weber´s Der Freischütz as Max, but all productions cancelled because of Covid pandemic.

In the season 2019/20 included, among others, Loge / Das Rheingold (new RING) at Finnish National with Esa-Pekka Salonen,

Max / Der Freischütz at Grand Théâtre Luxembourg (include to European tour), concert and recording of Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9 in Malmö with Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino, Mahler´s Das Lied von der Erde at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 

the title role of Mozart`s Idomeneo at The Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv with conductor Michele Gamba and director Kasper Holten (a new production),

Don Ottavio / Don Giovanni at Finnish National Opera (new production) and J.S. Bach´s John Passion in Gulbenkian Main Auditorium Lisbon with maestro Michel Corboz.

Engagements in the season 2018/19 Katajala sang, among others, Wagner´s Der fliegende Holländer at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma with Orchestra dell`Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Mikko Frank, 

an European tour of Der Freischütz / Max at Théâtre de Caen, Aix-en-Provence Grande Théâtre, Brüssel Bozar, Theatre an der Wien, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and Tamino / The Magic Flute at Opéra de Lille, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 at Leieiszhalle Hamburg with Symphoniker Hamburg and Eivind Gullberg Jensen and also Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9 at the Oslo Concert Hall with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä, Mahler´s Symphony No. 8 at Helsinki Music Centre with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu,


In the season 2017/18 after London Royal Opera debut he sang also, among others, Almaviva / Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Komische Oper Berlin, Ferrando / Cosi fan tutte at the Seattle Opera and Tamino / The Magic Flute at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden. 

Katajala has sang also at Staatsoper Hamburg, at the Komische Oper Berlin, at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, at Oslo Opera House, at Teatro Nacional de sao Carlos Lisbon,

at Gothenburg Opera, at the Finnish National Opera  and

at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.




Tuomas Katajala tenor

Photo Elina Katajala

Tuomas Katajala makes also remerkable career as a concert and oratorio singer. He has over 100 pieces on his concert and oratorio repertory ingluding the major works of G. Mahler, B. Britten,

I. Stravinsky, F. Liszt, A. Dvorak, J.S. Bach, G.F. Händel, W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn, F. Mendelssohn. F, Schubert and G. Rossini.


He has performed for example at Leieiszhalle Hamburg,

at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma and at several music festivals in the Europe and Japan.

He has worked with Pablo Heras-Casado, Kent Nagano, Matthias Pintscher,​ Enrique Mazzola, Andrew Lawrence-King, Peter Schreier, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Mikko Franck, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Patrick Lange,  Antonello Manacorda, Sir. David Wilcocks, Roy Goodman, Carsten Schmidt, Sebastien Rouland, Christopher Warren-Green, John Storgåds, Antonino Fogliani, Leif Segerstam, Michael Güttler, Hannu Lintu, Pietro Rizzo and Howard Arman.


Katajala studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and continued his studies at the Udo Reinemann´s International Lied Masterclass at the Consevatory of Amsterdam as well as Alberto Zedda´s Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro.

Katajala has been a member of the ensemble of Finnish National Opera from 2009 until the end of the season 2013/14.


Katajala was awarded the Benianimo Gigli Prize, Martti Talvela Stipend, Karita Mattila Prize and  the Sibelius Birthplace Medal. He has won the first prize in Musica Sacra international competition in Rome and second prize in Gösta Windbergh competition in Stockholm.

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