Mezzo-soprano Melis Jaatinen grew up in Finland in a bilingual family with a Turkish mother and Finnish father. Music played always an active part in Melis’ life. She started piano studies at the age of five and soon developed a focus on singing. Since graduating from Sibelius Academy 2009 Melis has enjoyed exploring a wide repertoire and has establishes herself as a versatile singer with opera-, oratorio- and chamber music repertoire.
Between 2010-2012 she was engaged at the Finnish National Opera as a soloist trainee. Here, she has sung a large number of roles including Nancy (Britten/Albert Herring), Second woman (Mozart/ The magic Flute), Mercedes (Bizet/ Carmen), Sesto (Handel/ Giulio Cesare) and Zara (Reinvere/ The Purge – world premiere), Cherubino/ The Marriage of Figaro. 2014 she sang the role of Mercedes at Savonlinna Opera Festival and the same year made her debut at the Norwegian National Opera singing the role of Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
In autumn 2015 Melis was premiering in Germany a contemporary piece UR_, an opera by an Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir which she will be performing at several contemporary music festivals around Europe during the coming year.
Earlier, Melis has also sung in Japan, England and the USA, where she has performed at Bard-music festival in 2011 and 2013.
During the recent years Melis has collaborated with pianist Juho Alakärppä. In 2013 they were one of the four finalist-duos at the Wigmore Hall Song-Competition. They have recorded songs by Edvard Grieg for the Finnish broadcasting company YLE, and have performed spesially Nordic repertoire latest at the Norwegian National Opera.
Melis has sung under the baton of Baldur Brönniman, Mikko Franck, Enrique Mazzola, Susanna Mälkki, Leif Segerstam and Pinchas Steinberg among others.
The Finnish Culture Foundation, Pro Musica- and Wegelius foundations have supported her career during the last years.