Helena Juntunen is internationally recognised for her expressive portrayals of the lyric repertoire. Recent notable roles include Marietta (Korngold’s Die tote Stadt), and Jenny Hill (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), both for Opéra national de Lorraine, Marie (Wozzeck) with Opéra de Nice, and Zdenka (Arabella) for Vlaamse Opera.
This season she makes her recital debut at Wigmore Hall and her debut with Sydney Symphony performing Sibelius’s Kullervo under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Role debuts will include Der Ferne Klang in a new production by Stéphane Braunschweig for Opéra National du Rhin, Der Zwerg in a new production by Philipp Himmelmann for Opéra national de Lorraine and I pagliacci in Vilppu Kiljunen’s new production for Finnish National Opera.
Recent concert highlights have included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the London Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and at the Lincoln Center under Sir Colin Davis, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lucerne Festival under Vladimir Jurowski and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Donald Runnicles. She gave the Korean premiere of Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Ilan Volkov.
"The highlight of the evening was Juntunen's soliloquy, a hollow story of disillusionment and loss, sung with a rich and beautiful gravity." (Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 2013)
“The young Finnish soprano Helena Juntunen incarnated the legendary ‘spirit of nature’ as her voice soared, raw and ripe, above the orchestra’s tremulous evocation of the Kalevala’s creation myth. London is unlikely to hear Sibelius like this for quite some time.” (The Times, February 2010)
“Helena Juntunen, one of Finland's most impressive young sopranos, is indeed a spirit of nature.” (The Times, September 2009)
“… the mercurial Helena Juntunen, who has rapidly risen to the top-drawer among Nordic sopranos.” (Seen and Heard International, February 2009)