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The FNO have gathered a cast of top-notch singing actors, where not least Mika Pohjonen in the title role stands out for his dramatic, brilliant singing.Göran Forsling, Seen and Heard International
Finnish tenor Mika Pohjonen begins Season 2013-14 with a concert performance of Das lied von der Erde with Tapiola Sinfonitta under Olari Elts. He travels to Germany to sing The Bells with Dusseldorf Symphony under the direction of Ari Rasilainen. He appears in revival performances as Calaf Turandot at his home company Finnish National Opera where he has been principal tenor for eight seasons, and sings the title role Don Carlos. He later returns as the Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier.
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 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, the title role Don Carlos,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.
Mr 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.
Highly experienced on the concert stage, his repertoire includes the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Das lied von der erde in Pamplona and Barcelona, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen in Helsinki and Stockholm, 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.
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