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.” She has received praise for her bright, warm voice and beautiful expressive performance. During the 2018-2019 season Rauvala has studied at the Malmö Opera Academy. As a part of her studies, she has sung the roles of The Princess and Rövare in Benjamin Staern’s opera Snödrottningen at Malmö Opera. in the summer of 2018 she was awarded third place in the Kangasniemi singing competition, and in the autumn of 2018 she was the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Stockholm Concert Orchestra.
In the spring of 2018, Rauvala graduated with a Bachelors of the Arts in Opera from the University College of Opera in Stockholm, where she studied with Robert Hyman and Ulrika Tenstam. During her time in Stockholm she also studied privately with Professor Dorothy Irving. By the time she had finished her studies in Stockholm, she had performed the roles of Monica (G.C. Menotti: The Medium), Miss Wordsworth (B. Britten: Albert Herring) and done her debut at The Royal Swedish Opera as Papagena (W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte). In addition she sang the leading role in the Vadstena Academy 2016 summer production “Kär och Galen” in Giovanni Paisiello’s opera Nina. The following year she sang Pamina in Lyric Opera Studio Weimar’s production (W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte). In the summer of 2018 she sang Antonia in Opera Studio Aino’s concert performance of J. Offenbach’s The tales of Hoffmann at the Helsinki Conservatory. Her debut in musical theater was in 2011 with the roll of Liesl from The Sound of Music at Teatteri Provinssi in Salo, Finland. Among opera, Rauvala has a large varied lieder and chamber music repertoire, which includes composers such as Berg, Sibelius, Madetoja, Melartin, Kuula, Grieg, Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, and Debussy. This season Rauvala will make her house debut in the Finnish Nationalopera as Barbarina.
Rauvala is currently studying under the tutelage of soprano Reetta Haavisto. In addition she is studying privately with conductor Professor Niels Muus and pianist Professor Ulrich Staerk. She has even taken part in masterclasses with Soile Isokoski, Rilla Kyykkä and Mikko Franck.
She has received scholarships from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien, 25 June 1988 foundation, and Vadstena Academy. In 2016 she received a cultural prize from Salon Seudun Sanomat.
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