Baritone WALTTERI TORIKKA is known as the winner of the male category at the Lappeenranta National Singing Competition in 2010 and the winner of the Tähdet, tähdet [All-stars] TV competition in 2015. His crossover début album Sydän [Heart] (2015) with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia went platinum in record time in Finland, and his subsequent solo albums have likewise topped the charts.
Torikka’s opera roles include the title roles in Don Giovanni (Rijeka 2015, Savonlinna 2016) and Eugene Onegin (Rijeka 2016), Amfortas in the concert performance of Parsifal at the Turku Music Festival (2017), Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and its parody Covid fan tutte at the Finnish National Opera (2018 and 2020, respectively) and Danilo in The Merry Widow (Finnish National Opera 2020). In 2015, he made his début at the Proms in London in Sibelius’s Kullervo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Sibelius Festival in Lahti. He is the Artistic Director of the Hämeenkyrö Festival in Finland.