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Monica Groop

The Finnish mezzo-soprano Monica Groop’s wide-ranging career is based upon repertoire of great musical adventurousness – a rich and varied mixture of baroque music, classical repertoire and modern masters. She began her professional singing career as a soloist in baroque music and oratorios, a field in which she has enjoyed long-term collaborations with leading figures such as Eric Ericson, Helmuth Rilling, Sigiswald Kuijken and Philippe Herreweghe. Her professional operatic début came in 1987, as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther with the Finnish National Opera, and two years later her career took a major step forward as she reached the final of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, alongside Bryn Terfel and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Monica Groop has been an international mainstay in the world’s foremost opera houses ever since her London début at Covent Garden in the highly acclaimed 1991 Wagner Ring cycle conducted by Bernard Haitink. Other eminent conductors with whom she has collaborated, on stage or in concert, include Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Roger Norrington, Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta and Sir Georg Solti. An accomplished recitalist, Monica Groop has given solo recitals at such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna. She was the first Finnish female singer to be invited to give a song recital at the Salzburg Festival, accompanied by András Schiff with whom she appears regularly. Other regular partners include the pianists Rudolf Jansen, Roger Vignoles and Ilmo Ranta. Monica Groop has recorded extensively, participating on more than sixty recordings on various labels. One of her major projects has been the present recording of the songs by Edvard Grieg, and she has also contributed together with Anne Sofie von Otter and others, to the complete Sibelius songs, included in the Sibelius Edition on BIS.

The Unknown Sibelius
BIS-2065 CD
The Sibelius Edition Vol.11 - Choral Music
BIS-1930 CD
6 CDs for the price of 3
Edvard Grieg - The Complete Songs
BIS-1607 CD
7 CDs for the price of 4
The Sibelius Edition Vol.9 - Chamber Music II
BIS-1924 CD
5 CDs for the price of 3
Aho - Concert for Chamber Orchestra
BIS-1686 CD
The Sibelius Edition Vol.7 - Songs
BIS-1918 CD
5 CDs for the price of 3
Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.7
BIS-1757 CD
Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.6
BIS-1657 CD
Sibelius - Piano Quintets and Melodramas
BIS-1412 CD
The Essential SIBELIUS
BIS-1697 CD
15 CDs for the price of 6
Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.5
BIS-1457 CD
Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.4
BIS-1257 CD
Finntastic - Musical Souvenirs from Finland
BIS-1277 CD
Sibelius - Music for Mixed and Female Choir
BIS-998 CD
Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.3
BIS-957 CD
Sibelius - Works for Mixed Choir a cappella
BIS-825 CD
Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.2
BIS-787 CD
Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
BIS-681 CD
Sibelius - Songs, Vol.2
BIS-657 CD
Christian Lindberg - 10-Year Jubilee
BIS-638 CD
Grieg - The Complete Songs, Vol.1
BIS-637 CD
Trombone and Voice in the Habsburg Empire
BIS-548 CD
Kokkonen - Music for String Orchestra
BIS-485 CD
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