Markus Nykänen

Tenor Markus Nykänen started singing at the age of 7 in the boys' choir of the Swedish parish in Espoo and later at Musikinstitut Kungsvägen. Since 2005, Nykänen has performed as an actor and musical singer with Teater Viirus, Vaasa Teater and Svenska Teatern. In the 2010s, Nykänen has performed at Jussi Björling's memorial concert in Stockholm, as a soloist with the Basel and Hamburg Symphony Orchestras and in Italy for the premiere of Marco Taralli's opera Nur at the Valle d'Itria Festival.

In 2012-14 Markus Nykänen performed with the OperAvenir Opera Studio in Basel. He has since sung roles by Massenet, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Purcell and Verdi, including Cassio in Verdi's Otello. Markus Nykänen has also appeared with the Hamburg State Opera, the Royal Opera in London and the Dutch National Opera (De Nederlandse Opera).

Markus Nykänen made his debut with the Finnish National Opera singing the role of Daniel in Toppinen & Kivioja's opera Indigo. After a successful debut, Nykänen has been a popular guest at the Finnish National Opera, appearing in roles such as Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Alferdo (La Traviata) and Camille de Rossilion (The Merry Widow).

Nykänen has appeared with conductors such as Susanna Mälki, Hannu Lintu, Esa Pekka Salonen, Pietro Rizzo, Kent Nagano, Paolo Carignani, Sir Roger Norrington, Patrick Fournillie, Gabriel Feltz, Eric Nielsen, Sakaro Oramo and Erkki Lasonpalo.

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