Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 16, 2016

Oiva Soini (Baritone) (Lapua, Finland January 21, 1893 – Helsinki, Finland May 20, 1971)

He began his song education in Helsinki and continued in Berlin, here among other things with Johannes Messchaert. Later he was a pupil of John Forsell in Stockholm. In  the 1921-1927 seasons he sang at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.  In the 1927-1928 season he was engaged by the Municipal Theater of Nuremberg, then returned to Finland. Here from 1929 to 1952 he appeared at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki and from 1939 to 1952 at the same time he worked as manager. Since 1931 he taught singing at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he continued up to the beginning of the 1960’s. He undertook tours through Scandinavia, Baltic lands and Italy, however he also made guest appearances in Germany, where he performed in the 1937-1938 season.

Chronology of some appearances

1921-1927 Helsinki Finnish National Opera
1927-1928 Nuremberg Municipal Theater
1929-1952 Helsinki Finnish National Opera


HMV, Helsinki 1929-05-15
Kaipaava (trad, arr Melartin) X3270 BE1540
Aikoja entisiä (trad, arr Melartin) X3153 BE1541

HMV, Helsinki 1930-06-06
Faust (Gounod): Valentinin rukous (Avant de quitter) Z212 CE2560
Merellä I (Merikanto) X3492 BE2561
Merälla II (Merikanto) X3492 BE2562
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Laulu iltatähdelle (Wie Todesahnung) Z212 CE2563

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