Silja Aalto, soprano
Silja Aalto is a Finnish soprano. Her future engagements include a role debut as Elsa (R. Wagner: Lohengrin) in Estonian National Opera, Missa Solemnis (L. van Beethoven) with Oulu Symphony Orchestra and Requiem (G. Verdi) with the Finnish National Opera. Last season she made her debut as Leonora in Estonia Theatre’s new production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Aalto’s other opera roles include Leonore (Beethoven: Fidelio), Mimi (G. Puccini: La Boheme), Countess (W. A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Sieglinde (Wagner: Die Walküre), 1st Lady (J. Kokkonen: Last Temptations), Mrs. Alice (G. Verdi: Falstaff), Helena (B. Britten: Midsummernights’s dream) and Minna (E. Rautavaara: 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.