Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Kristian Lindroos takes top prize at Lappeenrannan Singing Competition

Kristian Lindroos
25-year-old barihunk Kristian Lindroos took the top men's prize tonight at the 2016 Lappeenrannan Voice Competition and soprano Suvi Väyrynen took the top women's prize. All of the male finalists were baritones, including second place winner 28-year-old Jussi Juola and third place winner 28-year-old Joonas Askiainen. The other finalists were 24-year-old Tomi Punkeri and 27-year-old Samuli Taskinen.

The finalists performed with the Lappeenranta City Orchestra under the baton of Tibor Bogányi. The judges included opera superstars Soile Isokoski and Matti Salminen. You can listen to Lindroos' prize winning performance HERE.

Peter Lindroos sings Puccini's E lucevan le stelle:

Lindroos studied at the Sibelius Academy and is the grandson of the great Finnish tenor Peter Lindroos and son of the bass Petri Landroos.

The great Finnish baritone Jorma Hynninen won the Lappeenranta Voice Competition in 1969 and went on to make his debut with the Finnish National Opera as Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

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