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Petteri Falck (Baritone)

Born: November 26, 1963 - Helsinki, Finland

The Finnish bass, Petteri Falck, is a child of two soloists of the Finish National Opera (father baritone, mother contra-alto) and his life was full of theatre atmosphere from the beginning. His talent for singing was discovered early; at the age of 6 he stood on the stage of the Finish National Opera in a small solo part in Puccini's La Boheme. After the voice chanced from boy to man, he started to take lessons from his own father and while the voice showed an early maturity, after few years it was time for the first official appearance as a baritone soloist in a concert. At that time he was sixteen. He studied also at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, taken part in master courses of different singers, pianists and voice teachers. He also prepared some roles with Jeffrey Goldberg at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Petteri Falck's first role in an opera was Colas in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne. After that followed Papageno, at the age of seventeen. In the following year he was taken to the Sibelius – Academy, a music high school, which represents the highest level of music education in Finland. During these years Petteri Falck sung many leading baritone parts at the opera studio of Sibelius – Academy and was also guesting at the Finish National Opera and the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Since 1988, when he started his professional currier, Petteri Falck has sung on many European stages, including Finish National Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Mussorgsky Theatre St.Petersburg, Music Theatre St.Petersburg, State Opera Prague, Estates Theatre Prague, Volksoper Vienna, Landestheater Salzburg, Open Air Festival Gars am Kamp, Aalto-Theater Essen, Municipal Theatre Bern, Städttische Bühnen Freiburg and Ulmer Theater. The amount of roles sung has crown up to 40, of which many belong to the central baritone repertoire ; Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva, Figaro, Eugene Onegin, Gianni Schicchi, Nick Shadow, Escamillo, Guglielmo, Giorgio Germont, Ezio, Belcore, Malatesta, Tamerlano, Ottone, Herr Fluth, Sharpless, Heerrufer, Vater Peter, Hans Scholl, Dr.Treves and many others.

Petteri Falck has also made a number of world premieres, new operas in which he sang the leading baritone parts. To mention is for example the opera Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man (Laurent Petitgirard) (Dr.Treves) at the State Opera Prague in 2002. The Opera News in June 2002 writes: “Other standouts in the cast were the finely sonorous Treves of baritone Petteri Falck…"

Not only on the opera stages, but also in concert and oratorio Petteri Falck can show a larger repertoire. He has appeared as a soloist of different choirs and orchestras as well as given solo recitals with piano in Finland, France, Switzerland, Germany and Russia.

For the finish broadcast company YLE he has recorded six different programs.

The names of the conductors he has worked with include Donald Runnickles, Alexander Livenson, Okko Kamu, Leif Segerstam, Hans Graf, Jost Mayer, Fabrizio Ventura, Marc Tardue, Philippe Jordan, James Allan Gähres, Ulf Söderblom, Markus Lehtinen, Rudolf Kretcmer and Richard Hein.

Source: Oper in Schloss Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2005)

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Joachim Krause

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Links to other Sites

Biographie von Petteri Falc (Oper im Schloss) [English/German]

Petteri Falck - Baritone (Official Website) [German]

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