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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Rautavaara: Thomas / Hynninen, Lindroos, Piiponen, Haapasalo
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 704 Release Date: 02/01/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Sini Rautavaara,  Peter Lindroos,  Matti Juhani Piipponen,  Marko Putkonen  ... 
    Conductor:  Pekka Haapasalo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joensuu City Orchestra,  Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus,  Joensuu Music School Chorus
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  • 58.
    Rautavaara: Vincent / Hynninen, Manchurov, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 750 Release Date: 02/01/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Matti Heinikari,  Marko Putkonen,  Eeva-Liisa Saarinen  ... 
    Conductor:  Fuat Manchurov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish National Opera Orchestra,  Finnish National Opera Chorus
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  • 59.
    Sibelius: The Seven Symphonies, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 622 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laulun Ystävät Male Choir,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Nummi: Song Cycles / Haverinen, Piiponen, Hynninen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 279 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Seppo Nummi
    Performer:  Margareta Haverinen,  Ralf Gothóni,  Matti Juhani Piipponen,  Jorma Hynninen
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  • 62.
    Sallinen: Chamber Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 64 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
    Performer:  Ralf Gothóni,  Jorma Hynninen,  Folke Forsman,  Gunilla Von Bahr  ... 
    Conductor:  Erkki Pohjola,  Okko Kamu,  Jan Olav Wedin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Chamber Choir,  Stockholm Chamber Ensemble
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  • 63.
    Sibelius: Kullervo / Järvi, Mattila, Hynninen, Gothenburg So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 313 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ystävät Male Chorus,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Sibelius: The Orchestral Songs / Haggandar, Panula, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 270 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Mari Anne Häggander,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Jorma Panula
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Finnish Vocal Music / Hynninen, Valjakka, Gothoni
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 88 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Bergman,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  Erkki Melartin,  Erkki Salmenhaara  ... 
    Performer:  Ralf Gothóni,  Jorma Hynninen,  Jorma Valjakka,  Taru Valjakka
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  • 66.
    Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Etc / Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 250 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Mari Anne Häggander,  Erland Hagegård,  Jorma Hynninen,  Tone Kruse
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Concert Hall Chorus
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  • 67.
    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria / Marriner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 54283 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Barbara Hendricks,  Jean Rigby,  Jorma Hynninen
    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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  • 68.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Muti, Allen, Price, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47978 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Jorma Hynninen,  Kurt Rydl,  Ernesto Gavazzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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