Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor)
Born: 24th March 1971, Brisbane, Australia
Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu was born in Brisbane in 1971 and studied piano and violin at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy. His potential as a solo singer was discovered by Howard Crook whilst Lehtipuu was singing in the Finnish Radio Choir alongside training as a school-teacher; shortly afterwards he made his professional debut singing Tamino at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Since 2006 he has been a regular at the Glyndebourne Festival, where his roles have included Ferrando Così fan tutte, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress, David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Hippolyte in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie.
Lehtipuu’s discography includes a ‘charming and wide-eyed’ (Gramophone Guide) Ferrando in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed staging of Così fan tutte at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2006, the tenor arias in Peter Sellars’s ‘ritualisations’ of the Bach Passions with Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Haydn Masses with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists.