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.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Armas Jarnefelt: Lieder / Nylund, Hynninen, Paananen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1029 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Armas Järnefelt
    Performer:  Camilla Nylund,  Ilkka Paananen,  Jorma Hynninen
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  • 44.
    Rautavaara: Aleksis Kivi / Lehtinen, Hynninen, Saarinen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1000 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Eeva-Liisa Saarinen,  Jorma Hynninen,  Lasse Pöysti,  Helena Juntunen  ... 
    Conductor:  Markus Lehtinen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jyväskylä Sinfonia
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  • 45.
    Schumann: Dichterliebe;  Brahms: 4 Serious Songs / Hynninen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 738 Release Date: 01/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Ralf Gothóni
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  • 46.
    Strauss: Elektra / Ozawa, Behrens, Ludwig, Hynninen, BSO
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422574 Release Date: 10/30/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Nadine Secunde,  Jorma Hynninen,  Emily Rawlins,  Brian Matthews  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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  • 47.
    Gothoni: The Bull And His Herdsman / Gothoni, Isokoski Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 832 Release Date: 05/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralf Gothóni
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski,  Jorma Hynninen,  Jan Söderblom,  Ilari Angervo  ... 
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
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  • 48.
    Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero / Salonen, Swedish Rso & Choir
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68323 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Dallapiccola
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  Howard Haskin,  Sven-Erik Alexandersson,  Lage Wedin  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 49.
    Sallinen: Songs Of Life And Death, The Iron Age Suite
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 844 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
    Performer:  Margit Papunen,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Okko Kamu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Festival Chorus,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  East Helsinki Music Institute Chorus
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  • 50.
    Contemporary Finnish Music - Nordgren, Et Al / Savijoki, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 207 Release Date: 03/08/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Seppo Nummi,  Stenius,,  Paavo Heininen,  Erik Bergman  ... 
    Performer:  Ralf Gothóni,  Jorma Hynninen,  Folke Forsman,  Jukka Savijoki
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