Dynamism and eclecticism characterize the already rich career of tenor Topi Lehtipuu, as authentic in baroque music as he is in more contemporary creations.
Topi Lehtipuu began his musical apprenticeship with piano and violin at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, then studied choir conducting and singing with Peter Lindroos, Howard Crook and Elisabeth Werres. From the age of 22 to 27, he was involved in a progressive rock band as a violin player and lead singer, and also experimented with Finnish dubbing of animation films.
His stage debut allowed him to appear in the title role of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring in the Vantaa opera (Finland's National Opera), in Tamino's production of The Magic Flute at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and in Tristan at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Since then, he has been a very active artist in baroque and contemporary repertoires, as well as in Mozart's operas. Great conductors, specialized or not in early music, call upon him: Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, René Jacobs, William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm…
His rich and varied discography includes operas (Handel’s Ariodante, Rameau’s Les Paladins, Vivaldi’s Ercole), sacred works (Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Arvo Pärt’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor) and recitals (Vivaldi’s Arias).
Since 2004, he has been the artistic director of chamber music festival, Joroinen Music Days and has been in charge of the Turku Music Festival for four years starting in 2010.
Six landmark date in the life of Topi Lehtipuu:
1998 : First solo disc in Rautavaara’s Vigilia.
1998-1999: Debut on stage in The Magic Flute directed by Jean-Claude Malgoire
2003: Played the role of Hylas in Berlioz's Les Troyens at the Théâtre du Châtelet under the direction of J. E. Gardening
2005: Interpreted Stravinsky’s Renard under the direction of Simon Rattle
2006: Release of the album Combattimento, dedicated to Monteverdi’s vocal works, in collaboration with Rolando Villazon and Emmanuelle Haïm.
2013: Sang in the Dialogues des Carmélites de Poulenc at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under the direction of Jérémie Rhorer.
Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, December 2013