Marika Kivinen is a Finnish mezzo-soprano. Her repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary. She has premiered solo works for voice and piano/instrumental ensemble by several Finnish composers, especially Christian Holmqvist.
In the operatic repertoire lyric mezzo roles fit her voice and she has performed roles like Dido, 2. Lady (Zauberflöte) and 2. Wood-sprite (Rusalka). She has performed ensembles and arias from the French repertoire and from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Puccini and Tchaikovsky in concerts.
Kivinen has studied classical singing at Turku Conservatory and classical singing and music pedagogy at Metropolia University of Applied Scinences in Helsinki. She is a Master of Culture and Arts from Metropolia. She is currently studying baroque repertoire with countertenor Ashley Stafford and opera and lieder with bass Björn Blomqvist. She has previously studied classical song with Monika Hauswalter and Seppo Ruohonen.
Kivinen has collaborated with pianists Laura Heikkilä, Eeva Tapanen and Asta Onnila and has performed in concerts and festivals in Finland as well as in London and Italy. Kivinen holds a MA in General History and often makes use of her degree when planning concert programmes. The latest project is "Exotic Songs", a concert and blog which sheds light on exoticism and racialised imagery through songs by e.g. Hugo Wolf, Maurice Ravel, Sigurd von Koch and Sulho Ranta. Previous concert projects have included Il Viaggio - music from and about Italy - The Journey - which included Vaughan-Williams' Songs of Travel and Orpheus' Lyre, which focused on the modernist poet Edith Södergran and her contemporaries (such as composers Rachmaninov, Alma Mahler and poet Rainer Maria Rilke).
Full bio in Finnish. Here.