Baritone Waltteri Torikka is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising new talents in the next generation of opera singers from Finland.
Torikka has his Master’s degree from the Opera Department of Sibelius Academy and from the Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen. He studied under guidance of Susanna Eken, Kirsten Buhl Møller, Roland Hermann and Pekka Kähkönen. Torikka made his debut at the Finnish National Opera in 2009 as “Herastuomari” in Madetoja’s “Ostrobothnians”. For the 2012-2013 season he was appointed as an Apprentice Artist and performed on stage as Silvio (Pagliacci), Belcore (Elisir d’amore), Robin Hood (by Jukka Linkola) and Papageno (Zauberflöte) among others.
In the season 2013-14 Torikka was heard in Finland as ”Figaro” in ”Le Nozze di Figaro” and ”Pilate” in ”Jesus Christ Superstar” –musical at the Åbo Svenska Teatern as well as soloist of Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (Sibelius recording with Leif Segerstam) and Vantaa Pops Orchestra. At the Savonlinna Operafestival 2014 he appeared as ”Yamadori” in ”Madama Butterfly” and as ”Morales” in ”Carmen”. He sang “Melot” in the internationally acclaimed Tristan production by Salonen, Sellars & Viola at the Helsinki Festival and Baltic Sea Festival in 2012. Waltteri Torikka is the artistic director for a new comissioned work, the life of nobelist in literature F.E.Sillanpää, which premiered in 2017 in Finland. In 2020, he can be heard a.o. as Morales in Carmen at Tampereen Ooppera.