Finnish mezzo-soprano Monica Groop´s wide-ranging career is based upon repertory of great music adventurousness. The Nordic singer´s repertory is a rich and varied mixture of Baroque, solid classical repertoire and contemporary music. Groop studied at the Helsinki University and at the Sibelius-Academy and trained as a speech therapist and vocal pedagogue and she graduated in 1986. She made her operatic debut 1987 at the Helsinki Opera as Charlotte in Werther.
Monica Groop has received international acclaim as an interpreter of baroque music and has appeared with conductors Ivor Bolton, Franz Brüggen, Eric Ericson, Gottfried von der Goltz, Paul Goodwin, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Manze, Trevor Pinnock, Helmuth Rilling, Peter Schreier, Nicholas McGegan and Bruno Weil.
Monica Groop has performed with numerous major opera companies around the world: The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Frankfurter Oper, Bayrische Staatsoper, Royal Opera of Stockholm, Los Angeles, New York City Opera, Santa Fé, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Toulouse, Teatro Real of Madrid, Welsh National Opera and the festivals of Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and Savonlinna.
Alongside her extensive operatic career Ms Groop has been in great demand as concert soloist and she has appeared with numerous orchestras and conductors all over the world. Her large concert repertoire includes song cycles by a.o Mahler, Elgar, Berlioz, Martin,Berg, Zemlinsky, Schoenberg and Wagner. She has performed works composed for and dedicated to her by several Finnish contemporary composers like Kaija Saariaho, Tapio Tuomela, Kalevi Aho and Per-Henrik Nordgren. The DVD of Saariaho´s opera L´amour de loin (Deutsche Grammofon), in which she performs the much acclaimed role of the Pilgrim, was released in 2006, and was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Jury Award, as well as TheGramophone magazine´s DVD of the month.
An accomplished recitalist, Ms Groop has given solo recitals at New York´s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, London´s Wigmore Hall and Musikverein in Vienna with pianists András Schiff, Rudolf Jansen, Roger Vignoles. Gustav Djupsjöbacka and Ilmo Ranta.
A prolific recording artist, Ms Groop has made over eighty recordings. She has recorded all of Edvard Grieg´s 170 songs (7 CD:s)for the swedish BIS label, Sibelius songs (BIS), Loewe songs (CPO), and complete Allan Pettersson songs (CPO), French opera arias, Arie amorose and Bach Alto Cantatas (Finlandia). Her latest recordings include Kalevi Aho´s “Rituals” (BIS 2008) and Mozarts “Requiem”(Sony 2009), Händel’s Messiah in the J.A Hiller version (NDR Kultur 2010) and Per-Henrik Nordgren’s Södergran songs (Alba 2016).
Monica Groop had a Professor Chair of the Vocal Department at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki 2009-2013. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.