One of the most sought-after young baritones in Finland, Aarne Pelkonen is equally at home on stage at the opera and in concert performances. Audiences will remember his competition successes at the Lappeenranta National Singing Competition (2013) and the International Jean Sibelius Singing Competition (2015). He has also garnered success at several competitions outside Finland too.

Aarne is a highly versatile performer who has enthralled audiences both in operas, in lied recitals, and with his interpretations of classic Finnish songs. He has sung himself into audiences’ hearts in countless TV performances, on CD recordings and through the videos he has released on social media. During the 2015–2017 seasons, Aarne was a regular soloist with the opera company at the state theatre in Oldenburg, Germany. In 2019 he created the lead role in Jaakko Kuusisto’s opera Jää (‘Ice’). This represented his debut at the Finnish National Opera, where he has subsequently made regular guest appearances.

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In the press

Office of the President of the Republic

Release 17.11.2020

Independence Day is celebrated together in a new way


Interview 14.6.2020

Opera singer Aarne Pelkonen
“I had to choose between faith and art”


Interview 10.4.2020

Finnish singers showed that the coronavirus does not prevent them from holding a traditional Easter concert.