Finnish mezzo-soprano Pihla Terttunen joined the ensemble of Theater Vorpommern in the autumn 2018 and will be performing Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Hattie in Kiss me, Kate, 3.Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Bejlja in Weinberg’s opera Wir gratulieren!. She will return to Weimar as a guest to sing Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Pihla Terttunen was a member of the Thüringer Opernstudio in 2017/2018 and sung 3.Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, 2nd witch in Dido and Aeneas and Paquette in Candide with Nationaltheater Weimar as well as Giovanna in Rigoletto and Merope/Sphinx in Enescu’s Oedipe with Theater Thüringen in Gera.
In 2017 she performed the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar/ Theater Rudolstadt as well as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Sibelius Academy Opera. During her studies in Helsinki and Stockholm, Pihla Terttunen participated in student productions as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Charlotte in Werther, 3.Knabe in Die Zauberflöte, Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Furioso, Poulenc’s mono-opera La voix humaine and several roles in Finnish contemporary operas.
In concert Pihla Terttunen has sung Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with Jenaer Philharmonie and 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. She won 2nd prize at the competition Grande Voci 2016 in Salzburg and 2nd prize at the Timo Mustakallio Competition 2013. She obtained a Master’s degree from the University College of Opera Stockholm in 2016 and a Bachelor’s degree from the Metropolia University Helsinki in 2014.