|Soile Isokoski is currently one of the finest singers performing her repertoire and she is a regular guest on the most renowned stages and concert halls in the world. In the spring of 2005 she returned to the Metropolitan Opera in New York for a new production of Faust. |
A native of Finland, Soile Isokoski graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and made her concert debut there in 1986. In 1987 Ms. Isokoski won 2nd prize in the BBC Singer of the World Competition and subsequently won 1st prize in the Elly Ameling and Tokyo International Singing Competitions. After her opera debut in the role of Mimí in La Bohème at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki she went on to capture audiences and critics in the opera houses of Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, London, Milan and Paris and also at the festivals in Salzburg, Savonlinna, Edinburgh and Orange.
Ms. Isokoski continues to work together with many renowned conductors including Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, John Elliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Bernhard Haitink and Riccardo Muti. She has a wide-ranging concert repertoire and regularly gives recitals with her permanent accompanist Marita Viitasalo. These, and other recitals, have taken her to London (Wigmore Hall), Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin (Philharmonic Hall), Munich, Vienna (Musikverein), Rome, Athens, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tokyo.
They have also recorded works by numerous Scandinavian composers as well as Schubert and Schumann. Among her recent recordings the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss in collaboration with Marek Jankowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin received the Gramophone Editors Choice Award, having been chosen earlier in the year as Editor's Choice - Recording of the Month in the April 2002 issue. Together with Bo Skovhus and Marita Viitasalo she has recorded Hugo Wolffs Italian Songbook (Ondine).
In honour of her notable contribution to Finnish music Ms. Isokoski was awarded with the Pro-Finlandia medal in December 2002.
COVENT GARDEN Meistersinger (B. Haitink), Falstaff (A.Pappano)
DRESDEN Der Rosenkavalier (2004)
HELSINKI Der Rosenkavalier (2004)
KÖLN Der Rosenkavalier (G. Krämer/Ph. Auguin)
NEW YORK METROPOLITAN Le nozze di Figaro (D. Runnicles); La Juive (2003); Faust (2005)
PARIS BASTILLE Turandot, Der Rosenkavalier (J.Conlon); Otello (2005)
TOKIO Le nozze di Figaro (with the ensemble of Wiener Staatsoper, 2004)
WIEN Carmen, La Juive, Otello, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Rosenkavalier, Meistersinger
COVENT GARDEN Le nozze di Figaro (2006)
DRESDEN Capriccio (2005), Peter Grimes (2007)
MONTE CARLO Ariadne auf Naxos (2006)
NEW YORK (MET) Le nozze di Figaro (2006)
SAN FRANCISCO Rosenkavalier (2007)
WIEN Cosí fan tutte, Rosenkavalier, Lohengrin ( opening Dec. 2005)