Jussi Merikanto has taken singing lessons at Kuopio Conservatoire and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where he is currently finishing his Master’s degree in the opera training programme. He has also attended the Karlsruhe Music Academy as an exchange student (teacher Roland Hermann) and the master classes of Udo Reinemann, Dale Fundling and Jeffrey Goldberg. He has also studied at Accademia Rossiniana with maestro Alberto Zedda. In 2009 Jussi Merikanto made his debut at the Finnish National Opera in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” as Papageno. His repertoire also includes Mozart’s Figaro (“Le nozze di Figaro”), Masetto and Leporello (“Don Giovanni”), Verdi’s Samuel (“Un ballo in maschera”), Marullo (“Rigoletto”), Puccini’s Schaunard (“La bohème”), Betto di Signa (“Gianni Schicchi”), Angelotti (“Tosca”) and Bello (“La fanciulla del West”), Morales (Bizet’s “Carmen”), Achillas (Händel’s “Julius Caesar”), Geronimo (Cimarosa’s “Il matrimonio segreto”), etc as well as basso parts in oratorios. Jussi Merikanto was awarded the Eero Rantala Foundation scholarship at the Timo Mustakallio Competition and the 2nd Prize in the Merikanto singing competition (2006). He also plays the viola da gamba and has performed with the UntoConsort gamba-ensemble.