Matti Salminen

Operatic bass. Born 7 July 1945
Matti Salminen
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1945-07-07
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Matti Salminen

Matti Salminen Biography (Wikipedia)

Matti Kalervo Salminen (born 7 July 1945) is a Finnish operatic bass singer, now semi-retired, who has sung at the most important opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan and Bayreuth Festival.

Salminen is distinguished by an imposing figure and height (6' 5"); a cavernous, heavy, dark voice with a huge upper register; and an expressive face. According to one reviewer, in his prime Salminen was "... simply the largest bass voice in captivity. It is not just its roar in powering over Wagner's maximum orchestra, but the way he carves the sonority and forms the color."

Salminen has a special gift for playing menacing, threatening characters. He performed as Fafner and Hagen in the PBS video broadcast Ring Cycle from the Metropolitan Opera, for the largest viewing-audience of the Ring in history.

He sang in the premiere of Sallinen’s Kuningas Lear in 2000 (King Lear, title role), and Jukka Linkola's Robin Hood in 2011 (Sheriff).

Salminen is a widely video-taped singing actor with three different performances as Hagen available on DVD; also two performances as the Commendatore, several as Sarastro, two as Hunding and two as Daland. Videotaped performances and films are also available as King Phillip II, the Grand Inquisitor, Seneca, Gurnemanz, Pogner, Kaspar, Rasputin (in the Finnish opera by composer Einojuhani Rautavaara), and Boris Godunov.

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Jean Sibelius
Fool's song of the spider (King Christian II)
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Lokki (seagull)
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