Silja Aalto, soprano
Silja Aalto is a Finnish soprano. She graduated from the Sibelius Academy Opera Master program in Helsinki Finland on June 2018 under the guidance of teacher Eeva-Liisa Saarinen. Aalto made her opera debut in Estonian national opera in April 2018 singing the role of Countess Almaviva in W.A. Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
She 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.
Aalto’s opera roles include Countess in W.A. Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, 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. She has also musically studied the roles of Mimi from Puccini’s La Boheme, Micaela from Bizet’s Carmen and Mutter from Humperdinck’s Hänsel&Gretel.
Her future engagements includes Mozart Mass in c minor with Tapiola Sinfonietta (November 2018) and Gala concerts with Estonian national opera in August 2018. Finnish Wagner Society granted her a scholarship for Bayreuth opera festival in August 2018. She is also singing with Vasa city orchestra in September 2018. Her studies has been supported by Finnish Cultural Fund, Martin Wegelius Memory Fund and Selim Eskelin Foundation.