Samuli Taskinen is a Finnish bass-baritone with a strong, resonant voice, currently an ensemble member at Theater St Gallen, Switzerland. With his diverse background in different styles of music, Samuli has a wide repertoire and a broad palette of colours in his voice. Having been trained as a dancer, Samuli's stage presence is commanding and adapts well to different kinds of characters. Samuli has been a member of the opera studio in Komische Oper Berlin, and has performedas a soloist with many orchestras in Finland and Central Europe, as well as having recently made his Lincoln Center and Edinburgh Festival Debuts.
The seasons 2017-2019 Samuli was a member of the prestigious opera studio of Komische Oper Berlin, singing roles such as Colline in La Bohème, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Krishna in Satyagraha by Philip Glass and the role of Second Armed Guard which took him to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. With KOB Samuli also got the chance to sing Zaretsky in Barrie Kosky’s beautiful production of Eugene Onegin. During those two seasons Samuli has also sung the part of Lucifer in Händel’s La resurrezione with Halle Händelfestspielorchester, the bass soloist parts in Martin’s oratorio Golgotha in Hamburg and won the third prize in Klaudia Taev Competition for Young Opera Singers in Pärnu, Estonia. Other highlights include a radio broadcast of Mari Sainio’s monologue opera The Raven.
Samuli has appeared as a soloist at Finnish National Opera in Shostakovich operas as well as singing oratorios and concert pieces with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pori Sinfonietta (The Messiah). Having specialized in lied and oratorio in his studies at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki under Sirkka Parviainen and Jorma Elorinne, concert work remains a central part of his core repertoire.
Samuli has a round and strong voice with a lot of squillo and a wide range, capable of both lyric and dramatic colours. Despite having a relatively big voice, Samuli has developed a good coloratura technique, mainly as a result of his passion for baroque music. Therefore Samuli's repertoire is wide, ranging from early baroque to contemporary music.