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Topi Lehtipuu

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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.

Hufvudstadsbladet, Tero Saarinen Company 2019

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.

Opera Magazine, Frankenstein, La Monnaie 2019

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.

De Volkskrant, Frankenstein, La Monnaie 2019

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

Mark Grey: Frankenstein. La Monnaie, 2019

Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride, Salzburg Whitsun Festival, 2015

Mozart: Don Giovanni, La Monnaie, Brussels 2014

Stravinsky: The Rake's progress, Glyndebourne 2012

Mozart: Così fan tutte, Frankfurt 2008

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