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His introductory aria in act I (La Rondine) was dramatic and glowing, he sang the beautiful love motif at the beginning of the big ensemble in act II with warmth and in the concluding duet in act II he was magnificent.Seen and Heard International
A native of Finland, tenor Mika Pohjonen was born in 1973 and studied singing at the Lahti Conservatory. He trained with several Finnish opera artists of renown in his home country, and later found competition success in the highly-lauded Lappeenranta Competition, and in Dresden’s Competizione dell’Opera.
Mr. Pohjonen enjoyed celebrity as ‘The Tango King of Finland’ throughout the 1990s, when he sang over 200 concerts a year in the genre. He switched to opera after winning a vocal competition, and became first tenor in the choir of Finnish National Opera in 1998. Five years later in 2003, he became principal tenor in the permanent ensemble at FNO, excelling in such roles as Calaf Turandot, Dick Johnson La Fanciulla del West, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La Bohème, Tinca/Luigi Il Tabarro, Alfredo La Traviata, Radames Aida, Prince Rusalka, Hermann Pique Dame and Florestan Fidelio to name a few.
Other past successes include Des Grieux Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera of Sweden, Calaf in Malmö, Pinkerton at Vienna Volksoper, Enée Les Troyens in concert under the baton of Thomas Adès, and Alfred Die Fledermaus, also in Finland.
Highly experienced on the concert stage, his repertoire includes the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Mahler’s Das lied von der erde and Eighth Symphony, Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria all of which he sang with international orchestras.
Returning to Finnish National Opera, Mr. Pohjonen sings Carlos Don Carlo, Radames Aida, Duca Rigoletto and Canio I Pagliacci.
La Rondine, Finnish National Opera
Mika Pohjonen is a good Italian-style tenor, whom I have heard in several leading roles before. He may not be the most charismatic of actors but he is decent nevertheless, and vocally his was a most commendable performance. His introductory aria in act I was dramatic and glowing, he sang the beautiful love motif at the beginning of the big ensemble in act II with warmth and in the concluding duet in act II he was magnificent.Göran Forsling, Seen and Heard International