Ilona Jokinen, soprano
Ilona Jokinen (b. 1981) began her vocal studies in Lahti, Finland in 1997 as a pupil of Leena Pulkki. Since 2001, Ms. Jokinen has studied with Ritva Auvinen at Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, from which she received her Bachelor’s Degree (Singing Teacher) in December 2005. She has studied Opera at Sibelius Academy since 2004, continuing as a pupil of Ritva Auvinen there, as well. Since Autumn 2006 she has studied under the baton of Pirkko Törnqvist-Paakkanen. She has supplemented her studies in master classes with Sherrill Milnes, Joan Dornemann, Anna Bergamo, Tom Krause, as well as having studied lied with Heikki Pellinen and Ilmo Ranta. In 2004, Ms. Jokinen was selected for the joint sponsor program of Sibelius Academy and TeliaSonera Finland for the period between 2004 and 2007.
In the summer of 2006, Ms. Jokinen debuted at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, where she was heard as the Young Shepherd in Wagner’s Tannhäuser. In summer 2007, she had an engagement in the new Finnish opera “Isän tyttö“ (Daddy’s Girl) by Olli Kortekangas at the same festival. In autumn 2007 she debuted at the Finnish National Opera in the new Carmen-production in the role of Frasquita. In Summer 2008 she was heard in the world premiere of the new Finnish opera, "Vierivä kivi" (Rolling stone) by composer Kimmo Hakola. Her future engagements 2009-2010 among others includes a children opera production by he Finnish National opera, "Auringonkukat" composed by Atso Almila.
In 2006 her performances included the role of Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta giardiniera, which was a co-production of Sibelius Academy and the Swedish Theater in Helsinki, the role of Kaisa in the premiere of new Finnish folk opera “Pinus Sylvestris“ composed by Timo AlaKotila and the part of Hodel in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof“ with Opera Verso in Helsinki.
Further roles performed by Ms. Jokinen include Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Serpina in Pergolesi’s operatic intermezzo, La serva padrona; Amahl in G.C. Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors; and Kassandra in Troijan Naiset (The Women of Troy) by Finnish composer Jani Sivén.
In 2005, Ms. Jokinen won the third prize at the Merikanto Singing Competition at Art Centre Salmela. In 2004, she was one of the finalists in the Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition and won a shared second prize with pianist Asta Lötjönen in the Erkki Melartin Lied Competition. In 2003, Ms. Jokinen and Ms. Lötjönen were awarded first prize in the Nordic Pentti Koskimies Lied Competition in the national series. After their success in the competition, Ilona Jokinen and Asta Lötjönen have actively performed in Finland and abroad. In December 2005 Ms. Jokinen gave a recital concert in Tokyo.
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Art Center Salmela, Songs of Sibelius
Photo I: Savonlinna Opera Festival 2007, Kortekangas: Daddy's Girl, in the picture soprano Iona Jokinen, soprano and mezzosoprano Monica Groop
Photo II: Sibelius Academy production, Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto, in the picture tenor Ville Salonen and soprano Ilona Jokinen