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Johann Tilli



The Finnish singer was born 1967.
He started his outstanding career at the age of twenty three.

1987 he was awarded the first price at the Kangasniemi Competition.
1991 he won the "Martti Talvela Prize"
2002 he was awarded the important "Theo Adam Prize", which is beeing given only every four years and recognizes outstanding success in Wagnerian roles.

Johann Tilli began his international career as a member of the Hamburg State Opera.
Here he built up an extensive repertoir of Wagner, Verdi, Mozart und Beethoven roles.

He performed at following opera houses:

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper Munic, Opera Zurich, Opera Cologne, Opera Frankfurt, Opera Düsseldorf, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Opéra de Montpellier, De Nederlndse Opera Amsterdam, Thèâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, Opera Tel Aviv, Bayreuther Festspiele, Tokyo and Semperoper Dresden.

Tilli worked with esteemed conductors like:
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Andrew Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jeffrey Tate und Christian Thielemann.

Der Künstler appeared regularly at the Helsinki's Finnish National Opera and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Since 1998 he was invited guest artist at the Semperoper in Dresden.
Here he performed following roles:
Rocco, Sarastro, Ramphis, König Heinrich, König Louis, Landgraf, Pogner, Fasolt, Zaccaria, Daland, Hunding und Gurnemanz.

Recent season highlights include Tilli's interpretation of the "Doctor" in Wozzeck, a new production at the Teatro Liceo Barcelona (Coproduction with the Teatro Real Madrid, Stage Direction: Calixto Bieito), his role debut with "Hagen" (Götterdämmerung, Linz), "Landgraf" (Tannhäuser, Barcelona), "Hunding"(Walküre, Stuttgart) "Wesener" (Die Soldaten, Zimmermann) Coproduktion Ruhrtriennale-Lincoln Festival New York.

Season 2009/10

He appeared at the Opera Stuttgart with following roles:


"Dikoy" (Katja Kabanova, Jossi Wieler)

Opera Las Palmas:

"Daland" (The Flying Duchman)

Opera Cincinatti:

"Pogner" (Meistersinger)

As a concert singer Tilli performed regularly worldwide.

He has recorded with following Labels:

Deutsche Grammophon, Bis, Sony Classical, Finnlandia Records, Orfeo and Capriccio.


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