Uusitalo’s 2012/13 season includes Die Walküre at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta, the title role in Der fliegende Holländer with Teatro San Carlo under Pinchas Steinberg and the Wiener Staatsoper conducted by Daniel Harding. He will sing the role of Wotan (Die Walküre) with Wiener Staatsoper under Peter Schneider and Der Wanderer (Siegfried) at Staatsoper Berlin under Daniel Barenboim. In concert, he sings Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Residentie Orkest conducted by Lawrence Renes.
In recent seasons, Juha Uusitalo has appeared in two major new productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle - at the Wiener Staatsoper (conducted by Franz Welser-Möst) and in Valencia (in a co-production with Florence conducted by Mehta). He appeared as Scarpia (Tosca) at the Bayerische Staatsoper (conducted by Fabio Luisi); sang in a new production of Hindemith’s Cardillac at the Wiener Staatsoper (under Welser-Möst), followed by a new production of Siegfried at the Opera National de Paris (under Philippe Jordan) and made his debuts at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Jokanaan (Salome) and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Scarpia (under Antonio Pappano).
"Juha Uusitalo the bass-baritone stole the show in his role as the suitably menacing depraved and lustful Baron Scarpia, the conspiratorial chief of police. Not only was the Finn in excellent voice so rich and characterful, his acting was superb too. Incredibly effective was his first act aria Va, Tosca! Nel tuo cuor s’annida Scarpia! with his ominously intimidating threats to ravish Tosca or have Cavaradossi hung at the gallows." (Tosca - Bayerische Staatsoper - Seen and Heard, May 2011)
"Central to these operatic excerpts was Finland's so-called answer to Bryn Terfel, the burly bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo. It's a claim that is not overstated. Both performances revealed a voice that can harness the power required to project above Wagner's orchestral might, yet still have the latitude to imbue the music with a poetry and passion that can be as subtle as it is explosive." (The Scotsman, August 2010)
"Elsewhere I have been effusive in my praise of Juha Uusitalo’s Wotan in the Valencia Ring. His greatest skill is to point up the vulnerability of Wagner’s great figures without losing the grandeur. So it was here: the searing pain of the Dutchman and the infinite regret of Wotan was etched into every note and the power of his interpretation was never in doubt. The highlight was the sequence at the end of the Dutchman’s monologue when he looks forward to Judgement Day, a climax the intensity of which I will remember for a long time." (Seen and Heard, August 2010)
Juha Uusitalo and Stephen Milling sing in Die Walküre at Maggio Musicale
Susan Bullock leads a trio of HP soloists in Britten War Requiem in Taiwan
Juha Uusitalo appears in Siegfried under Daniel Barenboim in Berlin and La Scala
Juha Uusitalo performs Der fliegende Holländer at Savonlinna Festival
Juha Uusitalo begins Ring Cycle in Budapest
Juha Uusitalo makes his debut at Royal Opera House in Tosca
Juha Uusitalo performs in Wagner's Ring Cycle at Wiener Staatsoper with Ain Anger