Coloratura soprano Anu Komsi began her musical education in Kokkola, Finland, where she played both flute and violin in the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Equally at home on both opera and concert stages, she appears regularly throughout Europe and the United States. Also a versatile recitalist and chamber musician, her repertoire spans Renaissance and contemporary genres.
In addition to Ms. Komsi’s numerous operatic engagements, for which she has amassed a repertoire of more than 60 roles, she has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Oslo, Royal Stockholm, Czech, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; BBC, Vienna Radio, City of Birmingham symphony orchestras; and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Filarmonica della Scala, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with an array of conductors including Alan Gilbert, Rudolf Barshai, Heinz Holliger, Hannu Lintu, Jesús López Cobos, Susanna Mälkki, Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, and Franz Welser-Möst.
Ms. Komsi’s recent highlights include performances of Sibelius’s Luonnotar, recorded with the Lahti Symphony for BIS Records; Kaija Saariaho’s Leino Songs, recorded for Ondine; Tiensuu’s Voice Verser, written for Ms. Komsi; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, performed with her sister, Piia Komsi, and recorded by Deutsche Grammophon; Magnus Lindberg’s Accused; Heinz Holliger’s Morgenstern Liede; and Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2, 4, and 8, recorded with Roger Norrington and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was most recently praised for her 2016 performance as Eva in Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus licht at Theatre Basel, chosen as Opernwelt magazine’s Production of the Year.
Anu Komsi leads an opera festival in her hometown of Kokkola. The twelfth festival, in July 2017, which features the Finnish Premiere of Meyerbeer’s L’Étoile du Nord, is an official part of Finland’s centenary year celebrations.