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Martti Talvela

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Voice: Bass
Nationality: Finnish
Year of Birth: 1935
Year of Death: 1989

About Martti Talvela:

Martti Olavi Talvela (4 February 1935 – 22 July 1989) was a Finnish operatic bass.

Born in Hiitola, Finland (now in the Republic of Karelia), the eighth of ten children he studied in Lahti and Stockholm, and made his operatic debut in Helsinki in 1960 as Sparafucile. He trained as a boxer in his youth and developed the stamina necessary for the biggest roles.

Originally Talvela was educated as a primary school teacher in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland (1952–1956), and he worked in that occupation at three schools (1957–1960). He sang at the Stockholm Royal Opera in Sweden from 1961 to 1962, before becoming a regularly employed singer at the Deutsche Oper of Berlin in 1962, the same year as his debut at Bayreuth.

In 1970, the Senate (government) of West Berlin formally granted him the rank of Kammersänger. He was especially acclaimed as the title character in Boris Godunov, a role he performed 39 times at the Metropolitan Opera between 1974–1987, and as Pimen from the same work, as Paavo Ruotsalainen in The Last Temptations, as a Wagner singer who frequently performed at Bayreuth (King Marke, Hunding, Fasolt, Fafner, Hagen (one critic described his Hagen as an "elemental force") and Titurel), as the Commendatore, Sarastro, Dosefei, and Prince Gremin, as King Phillip II, the Grand Inquisitor and, in the later part of his career, the title character in Glinka's Ivan Susanin.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1V'ho ingannato colpevole fui Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
2Della vendetta alfin giunge Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Gilda
3Ah! piu non ragiono Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Sparafucile/Maddalena/Duke
4Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
5Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
6Un di se ben rammentomi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
7Ella giammai m'amò Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
8Nie werd ich deine Huld verkennen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: quintetVoice: T S T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde/Osmin
9Mio Carlo a te la spada Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Count of Lerma/Carlo/Inquisitor
10Zu Hilfe rettet sie Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 3.10

Type: trio,finaleVoice: T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Erik/Senta/Daland/Dutchman
11Io morro ma lieto in core Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
12Per me giunto e il di supremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
13Son io mio Carlo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
14Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
15Povero Rigoletto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Duke/Sparafucile/Marullo
16Il grande inquisitor! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Inquisitor/Philip II
17Papagena Papagena Papagena! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.30

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
18Da bin ich schon mein Engel Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.24

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
19Tamino Tamino! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.22

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
20Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
21Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
22Tamino wollen wir nicht speisen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Pamina
23O statua gentilissima Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
24Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe! Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Pedrillo
25Tatest du's wirklich Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Marke
26Ah! ah questa e buona Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
27In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
28Morden soll ich? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: spokenVoice: S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Sarastro
29Verzeiht mein Volk hält draussen Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Daland
30Ciel tu Rodrigo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
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