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Martti Talvela

Singer details:

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
1Il Re! Perché sola e la Regina Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Thibault/Philip II
2Il grande inquisitor! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Inquisitor/Philip II
3Was muss ich hören Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br BLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman/Daland
4Die Frist ist um Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
5Wie oft in Meeres tiefsten Schlund Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
6Eine schreckliche Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: spokenVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Papageno
7Südwind Südwind! Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T B B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Steersman/Daland/Dutchman
8Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
9Versank ich jetzt in wunderbares Träumen Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Senta/Dutchman
10Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
11O Isis und Osiris Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
12In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
13Carlo che sol il nostro amore Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: recitative,trioVoice: Br Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Eboli/Elisabeth
14Dio che nell'alma infondere Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
15Son io mio Carlo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
16Carlo se mai su te fogli Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
17O Signor di Fiandra arrivo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
18Per me giunto e il di supremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
19Io morro ma lieto in core Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
20Della vendetta alfin giunge Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Gilda
21Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
22Quel vecchio maledivami Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile
23Figlia Mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda
24Povero Rigoletto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: quartetVoice: Br T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Duke/Sparafucile/Marullo
25Pari siamo Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto
26Mortal diletto ai Numi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
27Ed io che tremava suo aspetto Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-3

Type: trioVoice: Mz Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Rodrigue/Carlo
28La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
29Heil dir Prinz! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.08-2

Type: duetVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
30Mio 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
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