Essi Luttinen is an exceptionally many sided and expressive young Finnish mezzo-soprano whose voice is widely celebrated for it’s beauty and tone. Her extensive repertoire consists of works from early baroque to contemporary music, and she is a sought-after performer both as a concert singer and a versatile role player in music theatre. As an artist Essi Luttinen is also ready to break traditional expression and explore the unconventional. In her repertoire there is a large number of first performances of the contemporary music. As the Artistic Director of Opera Skaala, an ensemble that focuses on contemporary opera, Essi Luttinen has taken part in the creation and reinterpretation of totally new innovative concepts of performing and music. Essi Luttinen has appeared in opera roles in the Finnish National Opera, the Bergen National Opera, and the operas of Oulu, Turku, Jyväskylä and Tampere, among others. Essi Luttinen has received the first prize in Merikanto singing competition in Art Centre Salmela, and the second prize in the Lappeenranta National Song Contest. She has also been give the Karita Mattila Prize, not only for the quality of her voice but also for her exceptional stage charisma. Essi’s latest significant artistic project is Opera Skaala, an ensemble whose unique concept – even internationally – combines baroque opera and electronic dance music. In 2015 Opera Skaala won third place in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the music competition that selects Finland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.
”Essi Luttinen is one of our best mezzo-sopranos at the moment with a superb sense of drama, and she complements her rich vocal expression with evocative facial expressions and gestures.”
“The absolute star among the soloists was Essi Luttinen as Dorabella. She identifies with her sensuous so completely that she does not really need to act. Her vocal sound is beautiful and impressive.
Rondo Classica/ Harri Kuusisaari
“Mezzo-soprano Essi Luttinen, who sang the role of Dorabella, did so with such a confidence, skill and musical insight that she could easily perform the role on any opera stage of the world. Her interpretation was absolutely mesmerising.
Turun Sanomat, Matti Lehtonen