The Loviisa Sibelius Festival

Riikka Hakola

Riikka Hakola – Soprano

Riikka Hakola graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki after which she continued private studies in London, Berlin, New York and Milan. Her career took off at young age after she won the first prize at the Kangasniemi Vocal competition and soon after she made the successful debut at The Finnish National Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor. Since that, she was one of the leading sopranos at the Finnish National Opera for over 15 years making numerous major roles.

Her operatic repertoire encompasses more than 50 major roles such as Violetta in La Traviata, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Adina in L’elisir D’amor, Rosina in Barbiere di Sevilla, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Micaela in Carmen, Tatjana in Eugene Onegin, Natasha in War and Peace, Anna Bolena, Arabella, Luisa Miller, Chiang Ching in Nixon in China, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Hanna Glawary in Merry Widow.

One of Ms. Hakola’s most loved roles has been Violetta in La Traviata, which she has performed in 10 houses including Stockholm and Copenhagen Royal Operas, Oslo National Opera and Bolshoi in Moscow. Donna Anna she has performed also at the Bonn Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, and in the USA with Baltimore and Washington Opera companies. 2002 she was invited to The Metropolitan Opera Company in New York as Natasha in Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace.

Her appearances as a concert soloist with many internationally renowned orchestras and together with many great opera stars (such as with Placido Domingo in Helsinki) as well as her recitals with piano accompaniment have been widely respected.

Ms. Hakola has also performed several world premieres by contemporary composers (Rautavaara, Onerva, Melartin). Many of these compositions such as Frieda by Tikka and Tango Solo by Kyllönen were specially composed for her.

She can also been seen in films such as Mahagonny (Jenny), Orpheus in the Underworld (Eurydike) and Luonnotar (composed by Jean Sibelius).