Ida Antola

Ida Antola

Biographie / biography

Soprano Iida Antola (born 25.1.1990) graduated as a choir conductor from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 2015 before continuing her studies in solo voice at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Antola has completed Masters’ exams in Choir conducting, solo piano and solo voice.

In the 2017-2018 season Antola made her professional debut as Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte) at the Finnish National Opera. In the season 2018-2019 she will be performing the role of Christine in the FNO production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and also the role of Crobyle in Massenet’s opera Thaïs. Her other stage roles include Dido (Purcell: Dido and Aeneas), Clorinda (Rossini: La Cenerentola), Poppea (Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea), La suora infermiera (Puccini: Suor Angelica) and Annina (Verdi: La Traviata).

Antola has been successful in both national and international competitions. In 2017, she won 1st prize at the Kangasniemi Singing Competition in Finland and 2nd prize at the International Paula Salomon-Lindberg Competition “Das Lied”. In 2018 she was a finalist in both the International Hugo Wolf Lied Competition in Stuttgart and the International Schubert Lied Duo Competition in Dortmund, as well as 2nd prize winner in the national Helsinki Lied competition. In 2015, Iida sang in the finals of the Timo Mustakallio singing competition in Savonlinna Opera Festival. The same year she was also awarded the prize for the most promising young choir conductor at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival.

Antola has sung as soloist in many oratorios, such as The Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Mozart), Requiem (Fauré), The Seasons (Haydn), Nelson-messe (Haydn) and Paukenmesse (Haydn). She also has lots of experience with contemporary music, and recently performed “Pierrot Lunaire” by Schoenberg at the “Kaivos festival” in Finland. She has also premiered music in the Klang! Festival in Helsinki, and can be heard as soloist on several recordings, including Veli-Matti Puumala’s opera Anna-Liisa (Ondine 2015), the Bergmaniana male choir recording (Alba 2016), as well as the Helsinki Chamber Choir’s Bergman recording (BIS 2017). Publisher Sulasol publishes Antola’s own compositions.

In Finland, Antola began her voice studies with her aunt, Aulikki Eerola, followed by masterclasses and private lessons with Marjut Hannula. Since 2015 she has been in Berlin studying with Prof. Elisabeth Werres at the Universität der Künste (UdK). Her first specialisation was in lied, working with teachers such as pianist Hendrik Heilmann, Prof. Eric Schneider and Prof. Axel Bauni. Antola has given concerts with her lied partner Daria Tudor at the Crescendo festival in Berlin, the Mozart festival in Würzburg as well as in Romania at the Ateneum in Bucharest and the Philharmonie in Ploiesti. Antola has graduated as Master of Music from the Lied/Oratorium/Konzert program of Universität der Künste in 2017.


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