Soprano Minna-Leena Lahti gratuated from the Sibelius Academy Opera Class in December 2019 and obtained a vocal diploma the same autumn. This versatile and expressive musician has been working as a freelancer since. In spring 2020 she performed in TV program "Olohuone" of Finnish Broadcasting Company and in December same year, together with violonists Minna Pensola ja Antti Tikkanen, she improvised in Finnish music day's concert arranged by Helsinki Symphony Orchestra.
Lahti is the chair of the Chamber Opera Association of Central Ostrobothnia and she was also one of the founders of Verso Ensemble.
In 2019 Lahti sang the part of Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen at the Vasa City Theatre, she has also performed as a soloist with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Kymi Sinfonietta. The debut roles at Ilmajoki Music Festival and Lohtaja Church Music Festival were cancelled due to Covid-19 in 2020. At Sibelius Academy Lahti sang for example the roles of Vitellia (W.A.Mozart, La clemenza di Tito), Female Chorus (B.Britten, The Rape of Lucretia) and Eurydice (J.Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld).
This highly expressive singer has also been successful in competitions. She won a shared third prize in the Kangasniemi Singing Competition in 2019 and reached the finals of the Nordic Singing Competition Havets röst in 2018. In September 2020 she took part in Grandi Voci competition in Austria.
Minna-Leena Lahti sings because singing is fun and she enjoys the story-telling aspect of the opera. She takes model from her children as an actress and she wishes to expose as many people as possible to classical music.
”The most strong character was Minna-Leena Lahti as Vitellia, striving to be empress. The coloratures of her lucid, twinkling and concise voice were sparkling, and the greed for power got Vitellia to shout dramatically.”
Hannu-Ilari Lampila, Helsingin Sanomat 17.4.2018
”The role is vocally highly demanding, singing both high and low. Minna-Leena Lahti made a sparkling and impressive interpretation of the part.”
Jan Granberg, Hufvudstadsbladet 15.4.2018