Finnish mezzo-soprano Pihla Terttunen is a member of the Thüringer Opernstudio in the season 2017/2018. She will be performing 3rd Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and 2nd witch in Dido and Aeneas at Nationaltheater Weimar and Giovanna in Rigoletto at Theater Thüringen in Gera. In 2017 she debuted the title role of Cenerentola in Lyric Opera Studio’s production at Theater Rudolstadt.
Pihla Terttunen performed, as a part of her opera studies in Helsinki and Stockholm, such roles as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Charlotte in Werther, 3rd boy in Die Zauberflöte, Poulenc’s mono-opera La voix humaine and several roles in contemporary operas.
As a concert singer she has sung the alto parts in Mozart’s Requiem and Missa brevis, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.
Pihla Terttunen won 2nd prize at the Grande Voci competition 2016 in Salzburg. She was also awarded 2nd prize at the Timo Mustakallio competition 2013 in Savonlinna, Finland. She graduated with Master’s degree from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2016 having received her Bachelor’s degree at the Metropolia University in Helsinki in 2014.