Finnish lyric dramatic soprano Reetta Haavisto made her debut in spring 2011 at the Finnish National Opera in the role of Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims, subsequently appearing in Don Pasquale and Turandot in the 2013–14 season. In 2014 she appeared as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and made her debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo. In 2015 she appeared in Sibelius’s Kullervo with Dima Slobodeniouk and Tommi Hakala. In 2016 she performed in Don Giovanni in Jyväskylä, Finland, and in 2017 appeared at the Aino Ackté Festival, Helsinki, and as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Britten’s War Requiem.
Haavisto studied at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the Sibelius Academy. Her teachers have included Irja Auroora, Pirkko Törnqvist-Paakkanen, Juha Karvonen and Raija Kemppainen. Haavisto also studied Lied repertoire with Heikki Pellinen, Ulrich Rademacher and Helmut Deutsch, and has recorded Rachmaninov Lieder with pianist Jouni Somero.
Haavisto has been awarded prizes at the 2010 Lappeenranta Singing Competition and the 7th Internationaler Lions Gesangswettbewerb des Opernfestivals Gut Immling.