Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano began her vocal studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and undertook additional training in Berlin and Vienna. In 1995, she won the Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition and the Lappeenranta National Singing Competition in 1996. Johanna Rusanen-Kartano was awarded a scholarship by the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1998-2000, and in 2001 she won the Karita Mattila prize.

Rusanen-Kartano's operatic career was launched at the Kuopio Opera in 1994, and since then she has performed regularly at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Finnish National Opera, Vantaa Opera, Opera Cava and Oulu Opera. Her roles have included Marie in Wozzeck, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Marguerite in Faust, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Ortlinde in Die Walküre, the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La Bohème, the High Priestess in Aida and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera. She enraptured audiences in her last role as Tatiana in Central Finland Regional Opera's production of Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin in January 2007.

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano has gained a reputation as an interpreter of strong female roles in Finnish operas. She is remembered for her performance of the main female role in Tuomas Kantelinen's opera Paavo Suuri at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium and for the role of Anna in Aulis Sallinen's opera Ratsumies (the Horseman), which was performed at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2005–2006.

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano is in demand as an orchestral and oratorio soloist, and she has also given lied concerts in Japan, Chile, the USA and North Korea, in addition to many European countries. Her versatile repertoire also includes lighter music, such as operetta, musical and film music, as well as jazz standards.

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Jean Sibelius

Sibelius and the Kalevala

(Digital Album)


ODE 1460-2

Released 03/2024

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Jean Sibelius


Johann Rusanen-Kartano, soprano

Ville Rusanen, baritone

Estonian National Male Choir

The Polytech Choir

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hannu Lintu, conductor

ODE 1338-5

Released 10/2019

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Einojuhani Rautavaara
Kaivos (The Mine) - Opera in Three Acts

Simon, Hannu Niemelä
Ira, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano
Commissar, Jorma Hynninen
Priest, Jaakko Kortekangas
Marko, Mati Turi
Vanha, Petri Pussila
A miner, Tuomas Katajala
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
ODE 1174-2

Released 02/2011

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Valkoiset ruusut. Musiikkia Suomi-filmeistä
(Music from Finnish motion pictures)

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
ODE 1136-2

Released 10/2008

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