Jorma Hynninen

Biography

Born: April 3, 1941; Leppävirta, Finland  
Jorma Hynninen is one of the most important figures in contemporary Scandinavian music and in music administration, a champion of new compositions who has not only made them a focus of the venues where he has acted as artistic director, but also given them life in riveting musical and dramatic performances. While considerably less well known outside of Scandinavia, he has been praised worldwide for his roles in the standard operatic repertoire Read more and is considered one of the best performers of his day of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Wolfram in Tannhauser, and Posa in Verdi's Don Carlo, as well as an accomplished lieder and song performer, with his warm, flexible voice, and strong vocal and physical acting abilities.

He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Matti Tuloisela and Antii Koskinen, and after graduating, went to Rome to study with Luigi Ricci. He won the Lappeenranta song competition in 1969 and made his opera debut with the Finnish National Opera in the same year as Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. He made his Paris debut in Pelléas et Mélisande in 1980, the year of his New York debut in a Carnegie Hall recital. Also that year, he became artistic director of Finland's Joensuu Song Festival, holding that position for 11 years. His Met debut was in 1984 in Don Carlo, the same year in which he became the artistic director of the Finnish National Opera, a post he held until 1990. Two years later, he was named artistic director of the Savonlinna Festival, one of the world's most prestigious music festivals. While maintaining this responsibility, he continues to sing worldwide, including contemporary and Romantic-era Scandinavian music, German lieder, and Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Mozart, and the more lyric Verdi roles. The Sibelius Academy appointed him professor of the arts in 1990 and professor of singing in 1997.

Hynninen has created the title roles of Rautavaara's Thomas in 1985 and Vincent (based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh) in 1990, Sallinen's The Red Line in 1978, The King Goes Forth to France in 1984, and Kullervo in 1990, and Merikanto's Juha in 1978. He has also recorded other contemporary music, such as Dallapiccola's Il Prigioniero, popular love songs, and spirituals. Read less
Nummi: Song Cycles / Haverinen, Piiponen, Hynninen
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 279   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Luonnotar, Etc / Jorma Panula, Gothenburg Symphony
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 270   Number of Discs: 1
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Finnish Vocal Music / Hynninen, Valjakka, Gothoni
Release Date: 03/25/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 88   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Sallinen: Kullervo / Soderblom, Hynninen, Salminen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1258 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Paula Etelävuori,  Juha Kotilainen,  Matti Salminen  ... 
    Conductor:  Ulf Söderblom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Orchestra,  Finnish National Opera Chorus
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    Strauss: Elektra / Ozawa, Behrens, Ludwig, Hynninen, BSO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895502 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Brian Matthews,  Emily Rawlins,  Dominique Labelle,  Cynthia Haymon  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 3.
    The Unknown Sibelius - Rarities & First Recordings
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2065 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Folke Gräsbeck,  Peter Lönnqvist,  Jyrki Lasonpalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Okko Kamu,  Osmo Vänskä,  Robert Sund,  Seppo Murto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra,  Dominante Choir,  Orphei Drängar
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  • 4.
    Metsan Poika: On The Fields Of Tapiola
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 348 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toivo Kuula,  Kimmo Hakola
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
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  • 5.
    The First Queen Of Trumpet And Her Best Recordings
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233701 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Carole Dawn Reinhart,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Helmut Winschermann,  Marinus Voorberg,  Marc Andreae
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Bach Soloists
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    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233603 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Susanne Doll,  Joël Waterman,  Lucia Popp,  Robert Waterman  ... 
    Conductor:  Marinus Voorberg
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04463 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Bierbaumber,  Franco De Grandis,  Elisabeth Kudrna-Schrei,  Thomas Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Ilkka Kuusisto: Orchestral Works / Jaakko Kuusisto, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1847 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ilkka Kuusisto
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Jaakko Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Rachmaninov Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Klaus Tennstedt - The Complete Mahler Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94493 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Doris Soffel,  Edith Mathis,  Ortrun Wenkel,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Southend Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 11.
    Klaus Tennstedt - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94433 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 12.
    Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi / Franck, Hynninen, Rantanen, Finnish National Opera Orchestra
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 4009 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Nicholas Söderlund,  Aki Alamikkotervo,  Pauliina Linnosaari,  Jorma Hynninen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Orchestra
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    Rautavaara: Kaivos / Lintu, Hynninen, Katajala, Tampere Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1174-2 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Hannu Niemela,  Jaakko Kortekangas,  Jorma Hynninen,  Tuomas Katajala  ... 
    Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sallinen: The Red Line / Franck, Hynninen, Nisula, Finnish National Opera
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 4008 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
    Performer:  Aki Alamikkotervo,  Paivi Nisula,  Marko Puustinen,  Pertti Makela  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Chorus,  Finnish National Opera Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Sibelius Edition Vol 11 - Choral Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1930/32 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Mika Pohjonen,  Tom Nyman,  Monica Groop  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Sund,  Astrid Riska,  Seppo Murto,  Henrik Wikstrom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lilla Academy Boys' Choir,  Helsinki Boys' Choir,  Tammisaari Boys' Choir  ... 
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    50 Best Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57524 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
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  • 17.
    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 08985 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Christa Ludwig,  Fritz Wunderlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Otto Klemperer,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Essential Highlights Of Jorma Hynninen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 253-2 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Ralf Gothóni
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    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47625 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  David Hill,  Elizabeth Connell,  Richard Versalle,  Hans Sotin  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus
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  • 20.
    Madetoja: Juha / Jalas, Hynninen, Lokka, Erkkila
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE714 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leevi Madetoja
    Performer:  Eero Erkkilä,  Anita Välkki,  Margareta Haverinen,  Tapani Valtasaari  ... 
    Conductor:  Jussi Jalas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Finnish Radio Youth Chorus
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  • 21.
    Sibelius Edition Vol 7 - Songs
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1918/20 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Helena Juntunen,  Folke Gräsbeck,  Monica Groop,  Juuso Nieminen  ... 
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  • 22.
    Evergreen Love Songs / Jorma Hynninen, Heikki Sarmanto
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 803 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Warren,  Paul McCartney,  David Raksin,  Elvis Presley  ... 
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Heikki Sarmanto
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  • 23.
    Schubert: Die Schöne Mullerin / Jorma Hynninen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 719 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ralf Gothóni,  Jorma Hynninen
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  • 24.
    Schubert: Winterreise / Jorma Hynninen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ralf Gothóni,  Jorma Hynninen
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  • 25.
    Yrjö Kilpinen: Songs / Jorma Hynninen, Ralf Gothoni
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 772 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yrjö Kilpinen
    Performer:  Ralf Gothóni,  Jorma Hynninen
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