Finnish baritone Joonas Asikainen studied at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences under Sirkka Parviainen and the Sibelius Academy where he completed his studies with Irja Auroora and Erkki Rajamäki.
Asikainen made his Savonlinna Opera Festival debut as young prisoner in David Pountney’s highly acclaimed production of “From the House of the Dead” in 2016 and next year he returns to Savonlinna to sing Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Over the past few years Joonas has performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Kaiser Overall in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Ullmann and Hietanen in Tuntematon sotilas by Pylkkänen.
On the concert platform Joonas has sung the bass solos in oratorios such as Brahms Deutches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s Johannes Passion and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
In 2015 Joonas won the First Prize at the Kangasniemi Competition and the Third Prize at the Merikanto Competition. In January 2016 he won the Third Prize at the Lappeenranta Competition.
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