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.
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 holds a Master of Culture and Arts from Metropolia in Helsinki. 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. She often makes use of her Master's Degree in History 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.
Kivinen works as a singing teacher and is passionate about liberating and holistic voice pedagogy.