Tuomas Katajala

Tuomas Katajala is one of the most versatile and sought after Scandinavian tenors and makes remarkable career equally in the opera, oratorio, concert and lied genres. 

He studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and continued his studies at the Udo Reinemann’s International Lied Masterclass at the Consevatory of Amsterdam as well as Alberto Zedda’s Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro.

Tuomas Katajala made his stage debut in 2006 at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte which followed immediately house debut in Finnish National Opera as Count Libenskof in Il viaggio a Reims

Katajala has been a member of the ensemble of Finnish National Opera from 2009 until the end of the season 2013/14. He has sang also at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon, at the Komische Oper Berlin, Berlin Staatsoper and Staatsoper Hamburg, Oslo Opera House, Netherlands Reisopera, Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opéra de Lille, Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, Seattle Opera, The Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Tuomas Katajala makes also remerkable career as a concert and oratorio singer. He has appeared in concert programs at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Leieiszhalle Hamburg with Symphoniker Hamburg, at the Oslo Concert Hall with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, at Helsinki Music Centre with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, at National Music Auditorium Madrid with Spanish National Orchestra. Performed at several music festivals like La Folle Journee au Japan festival in Tokyo, Annecy Classic Festival and D’Auvers sur Oise festival in France, Kuhmo Chamber Music festival and also at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris and Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

He has worked with Kent Nagano, Matthias Pintscher, Enrique Mazzola, Andrew Lawrence-King, Peter Schreier, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Mikko Franck, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir. David Wilcocks, Roy Goodman, Carsten Schmidt, Sebastien Rouland, Christopher Warren-Green, John Storgåds, Antonino Fogliani, Leif Segerstam, Michael Güttler, Hannu Lintu, Pietro Rizzo and Howard Arman.

In 2021 he made his Bolshoi Theatre debut, performing Don Ottavio in the opening night of Don Giovanni.


1st prize in Musica Sacra International Competition

2004, Roma

2nd prize in Gösta Windbergh Competition


Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) — Finnish National Opera, Opéra de Lille, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Berlin Staatsoper

Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) — Finnish National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival

Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) — Seattle Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Netherlands Reisopera

Idomeneo (Mozart’s Idomeneo) — The Israeli Opera

Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serial) — Savonlinna Opera Festival

Max (Weber’s Der Freischütz) — Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, Théâtre de Caen, Aix-en-Provence Grande Théâtre, Brüssel Bozar, Theatre an der Wien, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele

Osman (Almira) — Staatsoper Hamburg

Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) — Komische Oper Berlin, Finnish National Opera

Ernesto (Don Pasquale) — Glyndebourne Tour Opera, Finnish National Opera, Netherlands Reisopera

Loge (Das Rheingold) — Finnish National Opera

Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) — Accademia Nazioale di Santa Cecilia

Henry Morosus (Strauss’s Die Schweigsame Frau) — Oslo Opera House

Prince Leopold (La Juive) — Gothenburg Opera

David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) — Finnish National Opera

Lensky (Eugene Onegin) — Finnish National Opera

Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) — Finnish National Opera, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon

On the concert stage, Tuomas Katajala’s repertoire covers over 100 pieces on his concert and oratorio repertory ingluding the major works of J.S. Bach, G.F. Händel, W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn, F. Mendelssohn and G. Rossini.  

General partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — insurance company «Ingosstrakh»
Privileged sponsor of the Bolshoi Theatre — Tinkoff Bank
Privileged partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — GUM