German-Finnish bass-baritone Jukka Rasilainen studied in Rome at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the International Opera Studio in Zurich.
He started his international career in the title role of Der fliegende Holländer and was quickly invited to sang at the major opera houses like Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera and Deutsche Oper, Hamburg State Opera, Dresden State Opera, at the Bayreuth Festival, at Paris Opéra-Bastille, London Covent Garden, at Teatro Real in Madrid and at the new National Theatre in Tokyo. His repertoire contains mainly the dramatic baritone roles in the opera of Wagner, Strauss, Puccini and Verdi.
1992 he made his debut at Semperoper Dresden, where until 2010 he sang ten new productions, 19 repertoire productions and revivals and a total of 27 different roles from Mozart to Wagner.
2004 he was awarded the title Kammersänger.
One of his most important productions was the new Ring in Helsinki directed by Götz Friedrich, which deeply influenced his interpretation of the roles of Wotan and Wanderer.
Other highlights include the Ring-productions directed by Bob Wilson in Zurich and Paris, the Ring-production directed by Keith Warner in Tokyo, the Ring production by Willy Decker in Dresden and lately the Ring production at the Teatro colon in Buenos Aires.
Since 2005 Jukka Rasilainen participates as Kurwenal in the Tristan und Isolde-project by Peter Sellars and Bill Viola conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen in Paris, Los Angeles, at the New York Lincoln Centre, at the London Royal Festival Hall, in Rotterdam and at the Lucerne Festival, in Helsinki, Stockholm and Madrid.
2005 he debuted at Bayreuth Festival in the title role of Der fliegende Holländer and sang in the following years Amfortas in Parsifal directed by Christoph Schlingensief, Kurwenal directed by Christoph Marthaler, and Telramund in Lohengrin directed by Hans Neuenfels as well as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Kurwenal, Telramund and Gurnemanz in the Bayreuth Festival’s productions for children.
Jukka Rasilainen works with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Dan Ettinger, Valery Gergiev, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Schneider, Leif Segerstam, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christian Thielemann, Hans Wallat und Franz Welser-Möst.
Important directors he worked with during his career are Ruth Berghaus, Willy Decker, Götz Friedrich, Claus Guth, Kasper Bech Holten, Andreas Homoki, Harry Kupfer, Martin Kusej, Marco Marelli, David McVicar, Hans Neuenfels, Christoph Schlingensief, Peter Sellars, Keith Warner and Robert Wilson.
2015 he perfprmed, among others, Tristan und Isolde conducted by Zubin Mehta in Naples, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle in Montpellier, Lohengrin at Bayreuth Festival, Kullervo Sinfonie-Sibelius at Edinburgh Festival, Das Rheingold at the New National Theatre in Tokyo and Der fliegende Holländer in Seoul.
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