Finnish mezzo-soprano, Irina Nuutinen, is currently studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she works with Monica Groop. She graduated from the Tampere Conservatoire in 2017, where she studied with Ulla Raiskio.
In July 2019, Irina made her soloist debut at the Savolinna Opera Festival as Contessa di Ceprano in Rigoletto (directed by David McVicar and conducted by Philippe Auguin). In August 2019, she was a featured soloist at the Helsinki Festival, performing Schumann’s Faust Szene with the Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Hannu Lintu.
Irina’s other opera roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Giovanna (Rigoletto), and Ernesto (Il mondo della luna).
Irina will play several parts in the world premiere of All the Truths We Cannot See: A Chernobyl Story, which is an opera by Uljas Pulkkis and Glenda D. Goss. Opera production is produced as a collaboration between Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy and the USC Thornton School of Music in March 2021.
In Summer 2021, Irina will make her main stage debut as Mercédès in Carmen at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Irina regularly participates in competitions. She was awarded a special prize at the 2019 Lappeenranta Singing Competition and was a finalist in the 2019 Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition.
In addition to opera, Irina is also passionate about song. She and pianist, Milla von Weissenberg, make up the "Kuulas kaaos ja jäätyneet kukkaset" duo. "Kuulas kaaos ja jäätyneet kukkaset" has performed in various venues throughout Helsinki, including the Temppeliaukio church. In 2018, "Kuulas kaaos ja jäätyneet kukkaset" was selected as one of the finalist duos in the Helsinki Lied Competition.
Irina’s studies have been supported in part by the Tampere Music Academy, Sibelius Academy, Selim Eskelin, Martin Wegelius and Pro Musica Foundations.