Finnish soprano Mia Heikkinen was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. She studied singing at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and graduated with excellent grades as a Master of Music in 2009. After graduating she has been working as a freelancer and has gained reputation particularly of the beautiful silvery timbre and work as an actress.
She has also studied improvisation and improvised opera with the Finnish Improvisation Theatre Stella Polaris and the British group Impropera. In addition, Heikkinen is a founder member of the Finnish group Improa! which specialises in opera improvisation.
Mia Heikkinen made her debut at the Finnish National Opera during the 2008–2009 season as one of the bridesmaids in Weber’s opera Der Freischütz and in the role of Papagena in Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte. In the Finnish National Opera she has also sung the roles Barbarina in Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro and Giannetta in Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore, Yniold in Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande and Jano in Janacek’s opera Jenufa. The roles Papagena and Barbarina she has sung also in Tampere Opera in Finland. Heikkinen has sung roles like Cunegonde in Bernstein’s operetta Candide, The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Blonde in Mozart’s opera the Abduction from the Seraglio, Olympia in Hoffenbach’s opera the Tales of Hoffman, Zerlina in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni and Serpetta in Mozart’s opera La finta giardiniera in Vilnius, Manchester, Switzerland and around Finland.Heikkinen is also in demand as a soprano soloist in works by young Finnish modern composers and has premiered their works in Finland, Norway and Germany.
Den tyngsta rollen, Cunégonde, gjordes av Mia Heikkinen som tvingades hoppa rep och göra allt möjligt galet i sin supersvåra bravuraria Glitter and Be Gay med sina upprepade höga Ess som hon fyrade av ypperligt.
Hufvudstadsbladet 11 januari 2015, Jan Granberg
Sopranen Mia Heikkinen gjorde en färgstark tolkning av Cunegonde, baronens dotter, där hennes ettriga framtoning kulminerade i arian ”Glitter and Be” Gav med trestrukna ess och koloraturer både liggande och till hopprepshoppande.
Vasabladet 11.01.2015, Rainer Holmgård
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