"Is there a more beautiful soprano voice in opera today? Listening to her rapt, long-breathed phrasing... it’s hard to think of one."
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
"First of all, there was the voice itself, a pure, rich stream of golden, russet timbre perfectly suited to the music's autumnal mood. And then there was Isokoski's wondrous way of communicating..."
"She ranks among today's finest sopranos by virtue of the fact that her voice is one of the greatest in the world."
Soile Isokoski’s name originally means ‘the northern light’ – a light that she carries to the world today in an exceptional way. One of the most celebrated sopranos to emerge from Finland, Isokoski studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and made her stage debut with Finnish National Opera. She has gone on to capture audiences and critics alike across the world, winning the coveted Pro-Finlandia medal in 2002 in honour of her notable contribution to Finnish music.
Isokoski’s acclaimed discography includes Strauss’ Four Last Songs under Marek Janowski (Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award 2002), as well as two Sibelius CDs under the baton of Leif Segerstam: Kullervo with Tommi Hakala (Diapason d’Or 2008) and Luonnotar and Orchestral songs (MIDEM classical award, BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award and Disc of the Year 2007). She was awarded the Sibelius Medal in 2007 and was honoured with the title of Austrian Kammersängerin in 2008. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Helsinki.
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