Search Options

Get Download Manager Now
Newsletter Archive
Find Us in Facebook
Follow Us on Twitter

Classicsonline Home » Artists » » Talvela, Martti

 Update me on new releases by Talvela

Martti Talvela (1935 - 1989)

The eighth of ten children to be born into a family of farmers and amateur singers, Talvela earned his first singing fee when only five. Growing to an eventual height of six feet eight inches, making him one of the tallest singers of the twentieth century, he initially trained as a boxer, which was to prove to be valuable experience in terms of stamina. He then studied to become a primary school teacher in Savonlinna between 1952 and 1956, going on to teach at three schools between 1957 and 1960.

Talvela’s interest in opera having been sparked by hearing the Russian bass Ivan Petrov sing the title role in Boris Godunov, he entered the Lahti Academy of Music in 1958 to study singing formally with Taunokaivela. After winning first prize in a song competition held in Helsinki at the beginning of 1960 he continued his vocal studies with Carl Martin Öhman in Stockholm. He made his debut with the Royal Swedish Opera in 1961 as Sparafucile / Rigoletto and developed a parallel career as a song recitalist, becoming a champion of the songs of Sibelius and Kilpinen.




Affiliates  |  Classical Points  |  Press Room  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy

ClassicsOnline Newsletter Archive

Monthly Features on ClassicsOnline

Why choose ClassicsOnline?
ClassicsOnline is your source for classical music new releases, rare catalog, historical recordings and exclusive bargains. Our vast classical music catalog has over 1 Million tracks from more than 50,000 albums available in DRM-free MP3 (320kbps) and FLAC (lossless format). More than 500 new albums are added each month, all of which are carefully indexed, and searchable by Composer, Artist, Work and Label. Membership is free, and registration includes 5 free tracks for download. Get a free track every week and gain access to exclusive classical deals when you subscribe to our newsletter. ClassicsOnline was honored in 2010 as the Best Classical Download Site by the MIDEM Classical Awards Jury.

Some titles may not be available in all countries because of possible copyright or licensing restrictions.

Copyright © 2016 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved. – Your Classical Music Download Source
4:35:35 AM Thursday, May 5, 2016  -92-
This site is now closed, but it has been replaced with our exciting new service ClassicsOnline HD•LL.   x
Continue to buy your downloads at our new store, which now offers all content in lossless CD quality  
formats, in addition to MP3, and thousands of high-definition titles. To learn more, click here.  
Note that previously registered customers may still login to view their accounts until further notice.  

ClassicsOnline customers will not be able to use their log in to access the new HD site. Please create a new ClassicsOnline HD•LL account to download albums, subscribe to streaming, create playlists and more!