Monica Groop

Monica Groop is a celebrated Finnish mezzo-soprano. She made her debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther in 1987 at the Finnish National Opera, and has been an international mainstay since her London debut in 1991 at Covent Garden in the highly acclaimed Haitink-Wagner Ring Cycle. Her international career has taken her to the leading opera houses around the world, including Bayerische Staatsoper, De Nederlandse Opera, Covent Garden, Royal Opera in Stockholm, Los Angeles Opera, Oper Köln, Opéra national de Paris and Teatro Real in Madrid, as well as performances at the festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne.

Besides her extensive operatic career Monica Groop has been in great demand as concert soloist and she has appeared with numerous orchestras all over the world. Orchestral appearances include the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, NDR Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Accademia di Santa Cecilia under conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt, Gary Bertini, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Neeme Järvi, Myung Whun Chung, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding and Sir Georg Solti. An accomplished recitalist, Monica Groop has given solo recitals at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Wiener Musikverein. She works regularly with pianists András Schiff, Rudolf Jansen and Roger Vignoles.

Monica Groop divides her time between teaching and performing. Since 2009, she occupies the Professor Chair of the Vocal Department at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki, Finland. She is also member of the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.

A prolific recording artist, Monica Groop has made over sixty recordings. Her operatic recordings include Linda di Chamounix with Edita Gruberova, Don Giovanni conducted by Sir Georg Solti, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Haydn’s La fedeltá premiata and Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini. She records for Sony, Decca, Chandos, Harmonia Mundi, CPO, Accent, Ondine and BIS.

For many years, Monica Groop was involved in a project of recording all songs by Edvard Grieg in seven CD volumes for the BIS label, which was completed in 2008. In her collaboration with BIS sha has also released recordings with songs by Sibelius and Kalevi Aho’s songcycle The book of Questions. Flamme d’amour, a solo disc on the Finlandia label, features opera arias by French composers. Her solo disc Arie amorose was released in the spring 2001 on the Finlandia label featuring famous baroque arias. The same label released her rendering of Bach Alto Cantatas in 1998. The San Fransisco Chronicle noted about this recording that Monica Groop’s sound is “a marvel, a rich, velvety sonority with a wealth of color informing every note. Even more striking though, is the clarity and forthrightness that she brings to Bach’s music”.

The DVD of Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’amour de loin, in which Monica Groop performs the highly acclaimed role of the Pilgrim, was released in 2006, and was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Jury Award.

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August 2013.

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