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
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  • 26.
    Savonlinna Opera Festival Christmas
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 814 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Ahti Sonninen,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Matti Salminen,  Peter Lindroos,  Jorma Silvasti
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  • 27.
    Opera Gala / Mattila, Hynninen, Isokoski, Hakala, Garanca, Uusitalo, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 11392 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Juha Uusitalo,  Elina Garanca,  Tommi Hakala  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Alexander Vilumanis,  Eri Klas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Merikanto: Juha / Saraste, Hynninen, Saarinen, Sirkiä
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE872 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aarre Merikanto
    Performer:  Hannu Ilmolahti,  Eeva-Liisa Saarinen,  Jorma Hynninen,  Raimo Sirkiä  ... 
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tapiola Chamber Choir,  Finnish Chamber Singers
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  • 29.
    Jorma Hynninen - A Profile Of A Great Career
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE944 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen
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  • 30.
    Usko, Toivo Ja Rakkaus / Hynninen, Ruuttunen, Tiilikainen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 925 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toivo Kuula,  Ahti Sonninen,  Taneli Kuusisto,  Kari Tikka  ... 
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Sauli Tiilikainen,  Kari Jerkku,  Laura Ainali  ... 
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  • 31.
    Negro Spirituals / Davis, Hynninen, Ranta
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE715 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Osceola Davis,  Ilmo Ranta,  Jorma Hynninen
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  • 32.
    Summer Moods / Hynninen, Söderblom, Tampere Philharmonic
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE880 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oskar Merikanto,  Martti Johannes Turunen
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Ulf Söderblom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Jorma Hynninen- Opera Arias
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE731 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Eri Klas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Pekka Nuotio - Opera Arias (1973-1981)
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE900 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pekka Nuotio,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Kari Tikka,  Hannu Bister,  Okko Kamu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Brahms: Die Schöne Magalone / Hynninen, Gothoni
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 755 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Ralf Gothóni
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  • 36.
    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria / Hendricks, Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 08287 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Constable,  Uwe Heilmann,  Barbara Hendricks,  Christine Messiter  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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  • 37.
    Sibelius Edition Vol 5 - Orchestral Music For The Theatre
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1912/14 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Heikki Keinonen,  Anssi Hirvonen,  Juha-Pekka Tanskanen,  Markku Krohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Osmo Vänskä,  Jorma Panula,  Jaakko Kuusisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Lahti Symphony Orchestra,  Lahti Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 38.
    Merikanto: Elamalle, Etc / Jorma Hynninen, Ilkka Paananen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1111 Release Date: 04/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oskar Merikanto
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Ilkka Paananen
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  • 39.
    Simply Mahler
    Label: Union Square   Catalog: 1205861 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Diego Pagin,  Bernd [Baritone Vocal] Weikl,  Iris Vermillion  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
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  • 40.
    Artist Portrait - Monica Groop
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49704 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Hector Berlioz,  Ambroise Thomas,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Håkan Wikman,  Monica Groop,  Sanna Niemikunnas,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas,  Muhai Tang,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Matrix 8 - Sibelius: Kullervo / Berglund, Helsinki Phil
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65080 Release Date: 05/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Eeva-Liisa Saarinen
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  Estonian State Academic Male Chorus,  YL Male Voice Choir
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  • 42.
    A Five-star Sibelius Celebration
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Olli Mustonen,  Pekka Kuusisto,  Monica Groop,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    The Essential Sibelius
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1697 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Laura Vikman,  Silva Koskela,  Tiila Kangas,  Ulla Lampela  ... 
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula,  Astrid Riska,  Osmo Vänskä,  Robert Sund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempera String Quartet,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Jubilate Choir  ... 
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  • 44.
    Mahler: Symphonies 4 & 8 / Lucia Popp, Klaus Tennstedt
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61580 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Elizabeth Connell,  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Nadine Denize  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus
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  • 45.
    Best Mozart 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70893 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lamar Crowson,  Neill [French Horn] Sanders,  Peter Graeme,  William Waterhouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Neumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart Jubileum / Isokoski, Garanca, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1078 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Jorma Hynninen,  Kari Kriikku,  Soile Isokoski  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vilumanis,  Eri Klas,  John Storgårds,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian State Symphony Orchestra,  Tapiola Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 47.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8, Etc / Segerstam, Danish Nrso
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9305/06 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Majken Bjerno,  Inga Nielsen,  Kirsten Dolberg,  Anne Gjevang  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Choir,  Copenhagen Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Ses 100 Chefs-d'oeuvre
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 346789 Release Date: 12/02/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anonymous,  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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble,  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 49.
    Nielsen: Complete Symphonies / Jarvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000459602 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Rautavaara: Rasputin / Salminen, Paasikivi, Franck
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 4002 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Gabriel Suovanen,  Lilli Paasikivi,  Jorma Hynninen,  Ritva-Liisa Korhonen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikko Franck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Orchestra,  Finnish National Opera Chorus
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