Singing- and especially expressionwise Tuula Paavola swept the board. Extraordinarily impressive!
Jorma Pollari, Keskisuomalainen (of the role of Ulrica in Verdi’s Masked Ball in Jyväskylä)


Tuula began her musical studies at the Espoo Music Institute. Her first instrument was the piano, voice lessons followed and singing became her main subject a few years later.

Before embarking on her singing career, she studied English and French at Helsinki University, and completed a three-year training course in Essex to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Lately she has also graduated from an intuitive healing -course and started giving channelled healing sessions and meditations.

Tuula graduated from her opera studies at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy with honours in the spring of 2003. Her operatic career began with lyric mezzo roles at the Sibelius Academy, but in recent years she has performed both alto and dramatic mezzo roles (such as Jezibaba in Dvorak’s Rusalka, Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dalila in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Ulrica in Verdi’s Il Ballo in Maschera and Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur.) She has performed in several contemporary operatic premières (including Paakkunainen’s Mysterium Sacrum at Oulu in Finland in 2003, Scharin’s Lysistrate in Stockholm in 1998, the Finnish première of Glass’s Les Enfants Terribles in Helsinki in 2005, Kimmo Hakola’s The Rolling Stone at Noormarkku in Finland in 2008 and Juhani Nuorvala’s Väliaika at Helsinki’s Musica Nova in 2009). The year 2014 saw her first recorded operatic role as Elisabeth in Jyrki Linjama’s Die Geburt des Täufers, for the Alba recording label.

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Tuula has won prizes in several competitions, including first prize in the Kangasniemi Singing Competition in 2001. She has performed as a soloist at the Finnish National Opera and with numerous Finnish city orchestras, chamber orchestras and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and performed operatic and oratorio roles and lied in Estonia, Russia, Sweden and the UK. In 2005, her highly-praised debut concert at the National Opera was the subject of a documentary by Finland’s MTV3 television channel.