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A prize winner of several competitions including the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Finnish baritone Arttu Kataja graduated from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and became a member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 2006 performing such parts as Count/Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte, Vater/Hänsel und Gretel, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Marcello/La Bohéme, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly, Figaro/Barbiere di Siviglia to name but a few.
Guest engagements have led him to Theater an der Wien (Mr. Slender/Salieri’s Falstaff), Théâtre du Capitole (Sprecher/Zauberflöte, Scherasmin/Oberon, Schaunard/La Bohéme), Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile (Mr. Flint/Billy Budd, Belcore/L’elisir d’amore), Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Figaro, Masetto, Guglielmo), the Strassburg Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival (Leporello/Don Giovanni, Papageno, Morales/Carmen, Marullo/Rigoletto), the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (Il viaggio a Reims, Le nozze di Figaro, Arabella, Così fan tutte, Andrea Cheniér), Tampere Opera (Belcore, Sharpless, Marcello), and Japan, together with Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Staatsoper. He also appeared in the production of "Orlando Paladino" under René Jacobs.
Mr. Kataja is active as a recitalist and concert singer. Recent concert highlights include J.S. Bach's Johannes Passion with Concertgebouworkest/Andrew Manze, Händel's Messiah with Züricher Singakademie/Florian Helgath and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with Kammerchor Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius.
Arttu Kataja’s recordings include lied recitals Winterreise (Alba 2022) and Serious Songs (Alba 2020) with pianist Pauliina Tukiainen, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Carus, 2019), St Matthew Passion (Harmonia Mundi, 2013).