MERI SIIRALA

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Praised by The Washington Post for having “a lustrous voice supple enough for the delicate innuendos and intimate inflections of the solo song, yet also capable of projecting the dramatic vigor necessary for the opera house,” soprano Meri Siirala has performed in France, Norway, Switzerland, and Canada as well as in Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Corcoran, the Embassy Series, Norwegian Embassy, and several times at the Finnish Embassy. Meri made her operatic debut as Queen of the Night in a highly acclaimed production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Pori Opera Company, Finland. Her repertoire encompasses styles from baroque music to contemporary, from opera to art song and musical theater. She also collaborates with and performs works by several contemporary composers, including Kaija Saariaho and Olli Kortekangas. She has performed for Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America, Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Meri graduated with a Masters in Music, receiving the highest grade from the Opera Department of the Sibelius Academy. She has been awarded several awards and grants by various organizations, including the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Pro Musica Foundation, and Arts Promotion Center, Finland.