Saara Rauvala is a young up-and-coming soprano from Salo, Finland who possesses ”a brilliant beautiful voice with an agility and freshness throughout the entire range” (Aftonbladet).
Saara is currently studying at the University College of Opera in Stockholm (bachelor 2015-18) under the tutelage of baritone Robert Hyman. She began her classical singing studies in Helsinki Conservatory with Hanna-Leena Haapamäki, after years of violin and piano studies. Additionally she has worked with Reetta Haavisto, Matti Pelo, Roope Pelo and Christian Juslin. She has studied lied with Heikki Pellinen and Juho Alakärppä.
Current season Saara Sauvala sings Papagena at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm and during the summer she sang Pamina at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.
Her opera studies in Stockholm have so far included the roles of Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring, B. Britten) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte, W.A. Mozart) as well as highlights of opera roles such as Violetta (La Traviata, G. Verdi), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor, G. Donizetti), Adina (L´elisir d´amore, G. Donizetti) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck). In Helsinki Conservatory she performed the role of Brünhilde (Die Lustige Nibelungen, O. Straus). Last summer Rauvala made a very successful debut in the title role of G. Paisiello´s Nina in Vadstena, Sweden.
Among opera Rauvala has a large varied repertoire which includes composers such as Sibelius, Madetoja Kuula, Grieg, Wolf, Strauss and Debussy.
Rauvala has received scholarships from i.a. Finnich Cultural Foundation and family Ekbergs’s fond and a cultural prize from Salon Seudun Sanomat in december 2016.
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