Juha Uusitalo, born in Finland, began his musical career as a flautist before emerging as a major vocal talent in 1997 at the Finnish National Opera as Verdi’s Falstaff. He has since progressed to be an internationally-renowned Wagnerian, singing his first Wanderer in Siegfried in 1999 at the Tirol Festival (under Gustav Kuhn).He then made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in new productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung (under Zubin Mehta).
Subsequent productions have included Fidelio at the San Francisco Opera, Paris Chatelet and in the inaugural production of Valencia’s Palau de les Artes (Mehta - recorded for DVD); the title role of Aulis Salinnen’s The Horseman at Savonlinna’s Opera Festival (also in Moscow); his role debut as Macbeth at the Savonlinna Opera Festival; the High Priest in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila in San Francisco, as well as debuts with Los Angeles Opera as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Jokanaan in Salome (also for DVD).
Juha Uusitalo’s 2012/13 season includes Siegfried (under Barenboim) at both Staatsoper Berlin and La Scala Milan, Die Walküre at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (under Mehta), Siegfried with the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin (under Janowski), Die Walküre and Siegfried at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Der fliegende Holländer and Die Walküre at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Der fliegende Holländer has become a signature role in Juha Uusitalo’s repertory and has marked his debuts at La Scala Milan, Wiener Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Savonlinna’s Opera Festival, Deutsche Staatsoper, Tokyo’s New National Theatre, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, in the acclaimed Konwitschny production in 2006 at the Bayerische Staatsoper (under Adam Fischer) and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (under Levine).
In recent seasons, Juha Uusitalo has appeared in two major new productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle - at the Wiener Staatsoper conducted by Welser-Möst and at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts (in a co-production with Florence under Mehta). He returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Scarpia in a new production of Tosca (under Luisi - recorded for TV and cinema broadcast); appeared in new productions of Hindemith’s Cardillac at the Wiener Staatsoper (under Welser-Möst), and Siegfried at the Opéra National de Paris (under Jordan). He has also sung Jokanaan at the Opéra National de Paris (under Steinberg) and both Jack Rance in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (under Francesco Corti) and Kurwenal with the Bamburg Symphony Orchestra (under Nott) at the Edinburgh International Festival. He made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Scarpia (under Pappano).
An active concert performer, Juha Uusitalo has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: with Chailly (Oedipus Rex and Des Knaben Wunderhorn) and with Sinaisky (Pulcinella) and twice collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis in Samson et Dalila and Fidelio (recorded for LSO Live). Additional highlights include Oedipus Rex with Saraste at the BBC Proms; Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the San Francisco Symphony (under Tilson Thomas); Tosca with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (under Oramo); Carmina Burana in both Florence and Tel Aviv (under Mehta); Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Sinfonie with the Philharmonia Orchestra (under Salonen) and with the Orchestre de Paris with Paavo Järvi in Sibelius’ Kullervo.