Tenor Topi Lehtipuu was the vocal soloist, like a fish in the water among the dancers. He was often placed in the center of the events ,singing skillfully, and above all with an impressive scenic presence.
As the Monster, Topi Lehtipuu was both disturbing and moving in a vocally and dramatically outstanding performance, even though he had to contend with a costume and make-up that, justifiably, made him unrecognizable.
The bright spot is tenor Topi Lehtipuu, who plays the role of the nameless monster. His voice is a beacon of humanity, depth and sophistication. He turns the monster into a tragic creature for which you feel compassion.
Topi Lehtipuu enjoys a reputation as one of Finland’s most individual artists. Extremely versatile and a highly-skilled stage performer, he is renowned for repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary creations. He has collaborated with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, René Jacobs, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Harding, and directors including Alex Ollé, Claus Guth, Yannis Kokkos, Barrie Kosky, Laurent Pelly and Peter Sellars.
Topi also enjoys a career as artistic consultant and curator. He was Director of the Helsinki Festival from 2015 to 2018, a wide-ranging and innovative multi-arts festival and a major event in Finland’s cultural year. He was also artistic director of Turku Music Festival from 2010 to 2015, and Joroinen Music Days, a chamber music festival in eastern Finland.
In recent years Topi has been developing his skills as a conductor, and takes up the position of Artistic Partner of the Kymi Sinfonietta from the start of the 23–24 season. He also appears regularly with other orchestras in his native Finland, including the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Topi has become a popular choice among ensembles for his creative and versatile approach to a wide range of repertoire, and he looks forward to upcoming projects with Kymi Sinfonietta, Finnish Baroque Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.
- Artistic Partner, Kymi Sinfonietta
- Topi Lehtipuu in Third Practice with Tero Saarinen Company and Helsinki Baroque - Cremona 2019
- Third Practice - Tero Saarinen Company and Helsinki Baroque with Topi Lehtipuu 2019
- Frankenstein at La Monnaie: Topi Lehtipuu and Bassem Akiki talk on Belgium TV BX1 '#M le mag de la rédac’
- Topi Lehtipuu as The Creature in Mark Grey's Frankenstein, La Monnaie 2019
- Mark Grey: Frankenstein, La Monnaie 2019
- Masterclass at the Munich Opera Studio
News and Articles
Topi Lehtipuu appointed in Finland26 May 2023
Wise words from 20213 December 2021
James Bonas and Topi Lehtipuu form innovative production company21 June 2021
Out of the comfort zone16 March 2021
Gramophone magazine CD successes15 September 2020
Innovation and old wisdoms29 May 2020
Third Practice in full motion: a new production by Tero Saarinen, with Topi Lehtipuu.22 May 2019
Topi Lehtipuu leaves his mark as 'The Creature' in Mark Grey's Frankenstein19 March 2019
NewsletterMaestro Arts welcomes ..... 27 June 2018
A Fabulous Evening at the RPS Music Awards10 May 2018
Topi Lehtipuu is the stuttering prophet at the Salzburg Festival28 July 2016