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Matti Salminen

voc, *1945 FI, Turku
Singer / Musician of Classical
A.k.a. Matti Kalervo Salminen

Matti Salminen (born 7 July 1945, in Turku) is a Finnish operatic bass singer, who has sung at the most important opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan and Bayreuth Festival.Salminen is distinguished by an imposing figure and height (6' 5"); a cavernous, heavy, dark voice with a huge upper register; and an expressive face. According to one reviewer, in his prime Salminen was "... simply the largest bass voice in captivity. It is not just its roar in powering over Wagner's maximum orchestra, but the way he carves the sonority and forms the color."

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Bass
Genres
  • Classical
  • World
  • Folk
  • Soundtrack
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Lohtu on Lohtu by Live Aid Uusi Lastensairaala 2017
Kullervo, Op. 61: Act I Scene 2: Mina tahdon olla tuoksuva ja lammin kuin nuori leipa (Smith's Young Wife) on Sallinen, A.: Kullervo [Opera] by Aulis Sallinen & Ulf Söderblom
Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act III: "Heil ! Heil! Der Gnade Wunder Heil!" on Wagner: Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra & Giuseppe Sinopoli
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No. 75 Aria. Bass: "Mache dich, mein Herze, rein" on J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester & Karl Richter
Don Giovanni, K.527 / Act 1: "Notte e giorno faticar" on Mozart: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Claudio Abbado
Jouluyo, juhlayo (Silent Night) (arr. K. Haatanen for vocals) on Kauneimmat Joululaulut by Monica Groop, Jorma Panula, Markus Lehtinen, Pertti Pekkanen, Kyosti Haatanen, Erkki Pohjola & Heikki Seppanen
The Flying Dutchman: Ouverture on Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander by Richard Wagner & Marek Janowski
Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act 1: "Wer ist der dort in brünstigem Gebete?" on Wagner: Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra & Giuseppe Sinopoli
Kotilainen : Kun maass' on hanki (When Snow Covers the Ground) on Tähtisarja - 30 Suosikkia / Joulupuu on rakennettu by Various Artists
Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act 2: "Dich treff ich hier, in dieser Halle" on Wagner: Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra & Giuseppe Sinopoli

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Savonlinnan Oopperajuhlat 100 VuottaMatti Salminen, Pentti Savolainen2013Album
Turku - Vive La Culture!Karita Mattila, Matti Salminen2011Compil.
ParsifalRichard Wagner - Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik, Bernd Weikl, Kurt Moll, Matti Salminen, James King, Franz Mazura, Yvonne Minton, Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks2008Album
Tristan Und IsoldeRichard Wagner, Waltraud Meier, Ian Storey, Michelle DeYoung, Gerd Grochowski, Matti Salminen, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala And Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala2008Album
Malmsténin Aapinen · Rakkaimmat LastenlaulutGeorg Malmstén / Matti Salminen · Eija Ahvo · Thelma Romu · Kameleonttikuoro · Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jyri Nissilä2008Album
Elämäni lauluja. A finnish songbookMatti Salminen, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgårds2008Album
Götterdämmerung (1)Richard Wagner / James Levine, Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Christa Ludwig, Anthony Raffell, Hanna Lisowska, Ekkehard Wlaschiha2004Single
Götterdämmerung (2)Richard Wagner / James Levine, Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Christa Ludwig, Anthony Raffell, Hanna Lisowska, Ekkehard Wlaschiha2004Single
Siegfried (2)Richard Wagner / James Levine, Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Heinz Zednik, Hildegard Behrens, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Birgitta Svendén, Dawn Upshaw, Matti Salminen2004Single
Il Flauto MagicoWolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Matti Salminen, Malin Hartelius, Anton Scharinger, Orchester der Oper Zürich E Chor der Oper Zürich, Franz Welser-Möst2004Album
Das RheingoldRichard Wagner / James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Siegfried Jerusalem, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Heinz Zednik, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Matti Salminen, MariAnne Häggander2004Single
Siegfried (1)Richard Wagner / James Levine, Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Heinz Zednik, Hildegard Behrens, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Birgitta Svendén, Dawn Upshaw, Matti Salminen2004Single
Der Ring Des NibelungenRichard Wagner, James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra And Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Hildegard Behrens, MariAnne Häggander, Siegfried Jerusalem, Gary Lakes, Hanna Lisowska, Christa Ludwig, Kurt Moll, James Morris, Jessye Norman, Anthony Raffell, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Matti Salminen, Birgitta Svendén, Dawn Upshaw, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Heinz Zednik2002Album
Das RheingoldRichard Wagner / James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Siegfried Jerusalem, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Heinz Zednik, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Matti Salminen, MariAnne Häggander, The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra, James Levine2002Single
Uralin Pihlaja - Slaavilaisia Romansseja/Slavic RomancesMatti Salminen2001Album
AidaGiuseppe Verdi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Vincenzo La Scola, Olga Borodina, Thomas Hampson, Matti Salminen, László Polgár2001Album
Suomalainen TangoMatti Salminen1999Album
Rantakoivun AllaMatti Salminen1998Compil.
Der FreischützCarl Maria von Weber / Luba Orgonasova, Christine Schäfer, Endrik Wottrich, Matti Salminen, Gilles Cachemaille, Wolfgang Holzmair, Kurt Moll, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt1996Album
3 Finnish Basses In ConcertMatti Salminen • Jaakko Ryhänen • Johann Tilli, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Leif Segerstam1996Album
Tristan Und Isolde HightlightsRichard Wagner / Waltraud Meier / Siegfried Jerusalem / Marjana Lipovšek / Falk Struckmann / Matti Salminen / Berliner Philharmoniker / Daniel Barenboim1995Compil.
Tristan Und IsoldeRichard Wagner, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim, Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Marjana Lipovšek, Falk Struckmann, Matti Salminen1995Album
Don GiovanniWolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Ferruccio Furlanetto, John Tomlinson, Matti Salminen, Uwe Heilmann, Michele Pertusi, Lella Cuberli, Waltraud Meier, Joan Rodgers, RIAS-Kammerchor, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim1992Album
Suomalaisia LaulujaMatti Salminen1992Album
Don Giovanni ExtraitsWolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Ferruccio Furlanetto, John Tomlinson, Matti Salminen, Uwe Heilmann, Michele Pertusi, Lella Cuberli, Waltraud Meier, Joan Rodgers, RIAS-Kammerchor, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim1992Compil.
Opera AriasMatti Salminen, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Eri Klas1991Album
Serenadeja SinulleMatti Salminen1990Album
TannhäuserRichard Wagner / Placido Domingo, Cheryl Studer, Agnes Baltsa, Matti Salminen, Andreas Schmidt, Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli1989Album
GötterdämmerungRichard Wagner / Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Christa Ludwig, Anthony Raffell, Hanna Lisowska, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, The Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra And Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine1989Album
Rantakoivun AllaMatti Salminen1989Album
Sinua, Sinua RakastanMatti Salminen1989Compil.
Die WalküreRichard Wagner - Éva Marton • James Morris • Cheryl Studer • Reiner Goldberg • Waltraud Meier • Matti Salminen / Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks / Bernard Haitink1988Album
On HetkiMatti Salminen1987Album
On Hetki / MyrskylintuMatti Salminen1987Album
Viidestoista YöMatti Salminen1987Single
ParsifalRichard Wagner, Siegfried Jerusalem, Eva Randová, Bernd Weikl, Hans Sotin, Leif Roar, Matti Salminen, Horst Stein1985Album
RequiemWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kathleen Battle, Ann Murray, David Rendall, Matti Salminen, Chœur De L'Orchestre De Paris Et Orchestre De Paris1985Album
Symphony No. 9Ludwig Van Beethoven - Margaret Price1984Album
Taas Kaikki Kauniit Muistot...Matti Salminen, Erkki Alikoski1983Album
"Choral" Symphony (No.9) / "Choral" FantasyLudwig Van Beethoven - Margaret Price1983Album
Lauluja Onnesta Ja KaipauksestaMatti Salminen1983Album
Das RheingoldRichard Wagner - Theo Adam, Siegmund Nimsgern, Peter Schreier, Roland Bracht, Matti Salminen, Christian Vogel, Eberhard Büchner, Karl-Heinz Stryczek, Yvonne Minton, Lucia Popp, Uta Priew, Hanna Schwarz, Marita Napier, Ortrun Wenkel, Staatskapelle Dresden, Marek Janowski1980Album
Matti Salminen - MyrskylintuMatti Salminen, Hannu Bister1979Album
Härmän Häät Ja Muita KansanlaulujaMatti Salminen, Ralf Gothóni1978Album
Ei Kiirettä KyytimiesMatti Salminen1976Album
Georg Malmsténin LaulujaMatti Salminen1975Album
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