Silja Aalto, soprano
Silja Aalto is a Finnish soprano. In current season she made her debut as Leonora in Estonia Theatre’s new production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Last season she appeared as Mimi and Countess in Estonian National Opera and Leonore in Oulu Theatre’s new production of Beethoven´s Fidelio. House debut in the Finnish National Opera will be postponed because of COVID-19.
Future engagements include Fidelio’s Leonore in Organ Night & Aria Festival (August 2021), Sieglinde (Wagner: Die Walküre) in Eurajoki BelCanto -festival (September 2021) and 1st Lady in Kokkonen’s Last Temptations in Jyväskylä (December 2021). Aalto’s other opera roles include Mrs. Alice in Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff, Helena in Benjamin Britten’s Midsummernights’s dream and Minna in Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera The Gift of Magi.
Aalto is a GRAND PRIZE winner of the Metropolitan Vocal Competition opera division in New York (January 2017) and a winner of Lyra New York International Vocal Competition Opera division (December 2017). Aalto won 2nd prize and won the lieder section in international Elizabeth Connell -prize opera competition in September 2017 in Sydney, Australia. She won second prize in PMLF Vocal Competition in Tallinn, Estonia in April 2017. She is also the winner of Toivo Kuula -singing competition 2016, Alavus Finland.
Silja Aalto graduated from the Sibelius Academy Opera Master program in Helsinki Finland on June 2018 under the guidance of teacher Eeva-Liisa Saarinen. Silja’s studies has been supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Martin Wegelius Memory Fund, Selim Eskelin Foundation and Finnish Wagner Society.