Soprano Minna-Leena Lahti is about to finish her studies at the Sibelius Academy Opera Class, but has already perfomed in professional productions, such as singing the part of Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen at the Vasa City Theatre in 2019. She already has degrees as singing teacher from Centria University for Applied Sciences and as church musician from the Oulu Region University for Applied Sciences. She has performed as a soloist with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Kymi Sinfonietta. 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.
This lyrical soprano and versatile singer has performed roles ranging from Mozart and Händel to Offenbach and Britten in productions at the Sibelius Academy. Next Summer she will sing the part of Loviisa Turakka in the opera Hiljaiset perivät maan by Jukka Linkola, to be premiered at the Ilmajoki Music Festival in 2020. According to Minna-Leena Lahti herself, she really enjoys the opera as a form of storytelling. As an actor she says he follows the example of her own children 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