Martti Talvela

Biography

Martti Talvela had a Wagnerian bass voice of uncommon power and richness. He was noted for his expressive legato singing, and exceptional focus of tone. He also dominated the operatic stage by his sheer size: He was an immense man, standing six foot eight and weighing around 300 pounds. This suited him well for the most commanding roles in opera, such as Fasolt the Giant in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Hagen in Götterdämmerung, Mussorgsky's Boris Read more Godunov, Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Verdi's Grand Inquisitor, and a role that was written for him, the revivalist preacher Paavo Ruotsalainen in Kokkonen's The Last Temptations.

He began his adult life as a schoolteacher, but pursued vocal studies. After his Stockholm operatic debut (as Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto) he soon found himself in demand, singing all the Wagnerian bass roles, several Russian operas, and many Verdi parts. He also pursued a career as a recitalist, and was the greatest male champion of the songs of his countrymen Sibelius and Kilpinen. He regarded the condition of being granted artistic talent as carrying with it a God-given responsibility. In 1972, he accepted an invitation to become Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival. This yearly event, little-known then outside Finland, had been revived in 1967 after a festival that had been run by the great Finnish soprano Aïno Ackté from 1912 to 1930. Talvela immediately transformed it into one of the top international music festivals, in which operas are staged in the impressive courtyard of the St. Olaf's Castle (or Olavonlinna).

Health problems forced Talvela's retirement from Savonlinna in 1979; he had been diagnosed with diabetes, and he had other dangers to his health due to his weight. He restricted his operatic repertory to ten roles, cut back on his lucrative employment in that field, but expanded his schedule of recitals on the grounds that these were better "to bring my message." His sense of the artist's divine mission to bring something to the world was expressed in a 1986 interview. He accepted an appointment to become director of the Finnish National Opera commencing in 1992. But he was stricken with a heart attack and dropped dead while dancing at the party after his daughter's wedding on July 22, 1989, a shocking and regretted sudden deaths in operatic history. He left behind a rich legacy of recordings, including video productions, of many of his great roles. Read less
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  • 51.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Solti, Chicago Symphony, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000691902 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Heather Harper,  Yvonne Minton,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 52.
    Bernstein In Vienna - Beethoven: Symphony No 9
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1343 Release Date: 01/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Shirley Verrett,  Placido Domingo,  Martti Talvela
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 53.
    Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail / Böhm, Gruberova, Grist, Araiza
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000476609 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Norbert Orth,  Martti Talvela,  Francisco Araiza,  Reri Grist  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 54.
    Original Masters - The Art Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480702 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Hübsch,,  Traditional,  Osman Perez Freire  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hermann Prey,  Hubert Giesen,  Ingeborg Hallstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Carste,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Robert Stolz,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Die Spilar-Schrammeln (salon orchestra)  ... 
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  • 55.
    Verdi: Don Carlo / Stein, Corelli, Janowitz, Ghiaurov, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 649053 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova,  Gundula Janowitz,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Martti Talvela  ... 
    Conductor:  Horst Stein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 56.
    Beethoven: Fidelio Op 72 / Böhm, Jones, King, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000459002 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  James King,  Franz Crass,  Dame Gwyneth Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 57.
    Essential Mozart Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473824 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Teresa Berganza,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  István Kertész,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Beethoven - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472779 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Yvonne Minton,  Pilar Lorengar,  Stuart Burrows  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernhard Klee,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Verdi: Don Carlo / Sir Georg Solti, Bergonzi, Tebaldi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421114 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tugomir Franc,  Joan Carlyle,  Grace Bumbry,  Jeanette Sinclair  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Bohm, Windgassen, Adam
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412475 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger,  Annelies Burmeister,  Martti Talvela,  Kurt Böhme  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Philips 50 - Wagner: Parsifal / Knappertsbusch, Bayreuther
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464756 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Jess Thomas,  Gustav Neidlinger,  Irene Dalis  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 62.
    Golden - Wagner: Tannhauser / Suitner, Rysanek, Et Al
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 10050 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Barbro Ericson,  Leonie Rysanek,  Eberhard Wächter  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 63.
    Essential Beethoven - 24 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468530 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  James King,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Piero Gamba,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 64.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Klemperer
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67547 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Marga Höffgen,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Martti Talvela
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 65.
    Verdi: Don Carlo / Ghiaurov, Prevedi, Abbado, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1239 Release Date: 05/30/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gianfranco Maganotti,  Margherita Guglielmi,  Piero de Palma,  Antonio Zerbini  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 66.
    A Tribute To Martti Talvela
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 945 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yrjö Kilpinen,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Joonas Kokkonen  ... 
    Performer:  Eero Heinonen,  Martti Talvela,  Hertha Klust
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Okko Kamu,  Jussi Jalas,  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Mahler: Symphony no 8 / Solti, Chicago SO
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 460972 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Lucia Popp,  René Kollo,  Martti Talvela  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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  • 68.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457780 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Barbro Ericson,  Danica Mastilovic,  Ingrid Steger,  Thomas Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 69.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Solti, Burrows, Deutekom
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458213 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Pilar Lorengar,  Hans Sotin,  René Kollo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 70.
    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Böhm, Nilsson, Windgassen
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449772 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Christa Ludwig,  Birgit Nilsson,  Martti Talvela  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 3 - Opernarien 1961-1982
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394301 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Morris,  Francisco Araiza,  Margaret Marshall,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  James Levine,  Karl Böhm,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Opera Scenes From Savonlinna
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 373 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jorma Silvasti,  Satu Vihavainen,  Jaako Ryhänan,  Jorma Falck  ... 
    Conductor:  Kyösti Haatanen,  Ulf Söderblom,  Ilpo Mansnerus,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus,  Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Schubert: Winterreise / Talvela, Gothoni
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 253 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Ralf Gothóni
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  • 74.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Night On Bald Mountain
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 325 Release Date: 10/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Martti Talvela
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Mahler: The Symphonies / Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430804 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Heather Harper,  Arleen Augér,  Yvonne Minton  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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