(c) Ville Paul Paasimaa

Anu Komsi

Soprano

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Biography

„Komsi’s distinctive and captivating timbre, completely attuned to the extreme vocal demands, and her total musical identification held the attention, so too her vivid word-painting (with the advantage of Finnish being her first language) that took me to the edge of the World or more likely to the entrance of a new one.“
classicalsource.com, C. Anderson, 7. Januar 2018 about “Luonnotar” & “Ekho“

Anu Komsi continues to be praised for her versatile musicianship and her dynamic coloratura voice.
Equally at home on both opera and concert stages, she has appeared regularly at leading opera houses and concert halls all over Europe and the United States.
After her Salzburg Festival debut in summer 2011 singing Morton Feldman’s Neither, she was hailed in the press as “the excellent anti-opera heroine”.
In the past few seasons, she sang Lady Sarashina by Eötvös, Schneewittchen-Snow White by Holliger, Neither by Morton Feldman, Into the Little Hill by George Benjamin, as well as Eva in the prize-winning production of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag from Licht in Basel, Cathérine in Meyerbeer’s L’étoile du nord in Helsinki and – in 2019 – her first Salome in a concert version under the baton of Leif Segerstam.

Her most acclaimed concert repertoire in recent years includes Sibelius´ Luonnotar (recorded with Lahti Symphony for BIS), Kaija Saariaho´s Leino Songs (recorded for Ondine and with a piano reduction commissioned by Komsi herself), Tiensuu´s Voice Verser specially written for her, E.-P. Salonen´s Wing on Wing with her sister Piia Komsi (recorded by Deutsche Grammophon), Magnus Lindberg´s Accused (in 2019, i.a. with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris and…

„Komsi’s distinctive and captivating timbre, completely attuned to the extreme vocal demands, and her total musical identification held the attention, so too her vivid word-painting (with the advantage of Finnish being her first language) that took me to the edge of the World or more likely to the entrance of a new one.“
classicalsource.com, C. Anderson, 7. Januar 2018 about “Luonnotar” & “Ekho“

Anu Komsi continues to be praised for her versatile musicianship and her dynamic coloratura voice.
Equally at home on both opera and concert stages, she has appeared regularly at leading opera houses and concert halls all over Europe and the United States.
After her Salzburg Festival debut in summer 2011 singing Morton Feldman’s Neither, she was hailed in the press as “the excellent anti-opera heroine”.
In the past few seasons, she sang Lady Sarashina by Eötvös, Schneewittchen-Snow White by Holliger, Neither by Morton Feldman, Into the Little Hill by George Benjamin, as well as Eva in the prize-winning production of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag from Licht in Basel, Cathérine in Meyerbeer’s L’étoile du nord in Helsinki and – in 2019 – her first Salome in a concert version under the baton of Leif Segerstam.

Her most acclaimed concert repertoire in recent years includes Sibelius´ Luonnotar (recorded with Lahti Symphony for BIS), Kaija Saariaho´s Leino Songs (recorded for Ondine and with a piano reduction commissioned by Komsi herself), Tiensuu´s Voice Verser specially written for her, E.-P. Salonen´s Wing on Wing with her sister Piia Komsi (recorded by Deutsche Grammophon), Magnus Lindberg´s Accused (in 2019, i.a. with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year, a CD with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra was released by Ondine), Szymanowsky´s Songs of a Fairy Tale Princess, B.A. Zimmermann’s Soldaten-Symphony, Lutoslawski‘s Chantefleurs et Chantefables, Poulenc‘s Gloria, Strauss‘ Four Last Songs and Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2, 8 and 4 (also recorded with Sir Roger Norrington and SWR Symphonieorchester).

Anu Komsi has performed with numerous major orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, CBSO Birmingham, Berliner Philharmoniker and Vienna Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, RSO Vienna, SWR Symphonieorchester, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and has worked with celebrated conductors like Sir Roger Norrington, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Franz Welser-Möst, Heinz Holliger, Sakari Oramo, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Dima Slobodeniouk or Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Anu Komsi is a versatile recitalist and chamber musician as well – a current favorite project is Kafka Fragmente by György Kurtág, another composer appreciating Anu Komsi very much.

For many years Anu Komsi was director of the opera festival Kokkola. In summer 2017 this successful collaboration found its concluding highlight in the widely acclaimed production of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s L’ètoile du nord, in which Anu Komsi sang the leading role of Cathérine, a character based on Catherine the Great.

Future concert engagements include BBC Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Festival, Finnish RSO and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, on the opera stage, she can – among others – be heard at the Finnish National Opera.

(c) Ville Paul Paasimaa

Komsi’s distinctive and captivating timbre, completely attuned to the extreme vocal demands, and her total musical identification held the attention, so too her vivid word-painting (with the advantage of Finnish being her first language) that took me to the edge of the World or more likely to the entrance of a new one.

06.11.2020

Anu Komsi with „Accused“ at London‘s Barbican Hall
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21.08.2020

Anu Komsi sings Kurtág in Pannonhalma
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18.02.2020

Anu Komsi guest in Budapest with Kurtág
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22.01.2020

Anu Komsi twice in Helsinki in January
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