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Jorma Kalervo Hynninen (born 3 April 1941) is a Finnish baritone who performs regularly with the world's major opera companies. He has also worked in opera administration.
Hynninen was born on 3 April 1941 in Leppävirta, Finland. He studied from 1966 to 1970 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and also took lessons from Luigi Ricci in Rome and Kurt Overhoff in Salzburg. In 1969 he won first prize the Lappeenranta Solo Voice Competition and made his opera debut with the Finnish National Opera as Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.
Hynninen sang his first public concert in 1970 in Helsinki and made his debut the same year with the Finnish National Opera, where he became a permanent member until 1990. In 1971 he took first prize in the Scandinavian Singing Competition in Helsinki and in 1996 won the Cannes Classical Award.
On the opera stage, his notable roles have included Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze de Figaro, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, and Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas and Mélisande, the role in which he made his debut at the Paris Opera, and which he sang frequently at the Hamburg State Opera.
Hynninen first came to notice in the United States in 1980 with his debut at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall. In 1984 he made his Metropolitan debut as Rodrigo in Don Carlos. In 1987 he was hailed as a "perfect Wolfram" in the Met's Tannhäuser. His international career includes performances at the Vienna Opera, Milan's La Scala, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, as well as Hamburg, Barcelona, Geneva and Berlin.
He has also served as Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera from 1984 to 1990 and later became artistic director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland. Since 1996, he has been Professor of Voice at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In addition, between 1980 and 1991 he was Artistic Director of the Joensuu Song Festival. His daughter Laura Hynninen is the principal harpist of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Hynninen has combined his operatic career with regular appearances in the concert hall with the world's leading orchestras and maestros such as Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, and Esa-Pekka Salonen and in recital in the major cities of Europe and North America.
He has supported the music of his native Finland as well. He performed the title role in the world premiere of Aleksis Kivi by Einojuhani Rautavaara at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. He participated in the world premiere of an operatic trilogy of Aika ja uni (The Age of Dreams) by three Finnish composers: Herman Rechberger (b. 1947), Olli Kortekangas (b. 1955), and Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) on the stage of Olavinlinna Castle on 15 July 2000. He also sang in the premiere of Sallinen's Kuningas Lear in 2000 (Gloucester).
Hynninen's discography includes more than a hundred titles. He has recorded Finnish opera extensively along with works from the international repertoire, lieder collections, and religious music.
- 'Knaakka, Killi-Silmma'
- 'Ah, katovaista On Riemu'
- Voi Miten Kaunista Se Olikaan'
- 'Oi Maailma, Elama Sa Ihmeellinen!'
- 'Mita Viela!'
- 'Sinne Se Meni'
- 'Nous Ylos, Nummisuutari!'
- 'Kuka Se On?'
- Arvoisat Kuulijat, Kunnioitettu Auditorium!'
- 'Rauhallisesti! Rauhallisesti Vain...'
- 'Niin, Akeksis, Ehka Kuitenkin On Paras Meidan Nyt Hyvastella'
- 'Kas Kas! Pois Han Kiisi! Kun Tuulispaa!'
- 'Terve, Ruskee Ohranneste!'
- 'Nyt Hurratkaamme Huikeasti Huutaen Hurraa!'
- 'Makeasti Oravainen'
- 'Astu Esiin Ilman Pelikoa, Sina Kaunis Daami!'
- 'Siis Taytyyko Niin Olla?'
- 'Niin siis On'
- 'Kas Siina Heidan Kulttuurihenkilonsa'
- Tuonen Lehton, Oinen Lehto!'
- 'Nyt Niinkuin Aamun Koitto'
- 'Mi Ikavyys, Mi Hamaryys'
- 'Eron Hetki On Kalveakasvo'
- 'Silla Suon Sumusta'
- 'Niinko Siis On, Ja Lahden Minakin?'
- Kay Sisaan Vaan, Sa Suomen Runotarkin!'
- 'Voi, En Loyda Kotiani'
- 'Nytpa Kirkas Paiva Koittaa'
- 'Missa Han On?'