Eija Tolpo

Eija Tolpo has a wide experience of TV work as a director, producer, coach and dramaturge. She has also directed operas for 15 years. Tolpo has worked for the Savonlinna Music Academy since 1996. She is a member of the Artistic Board and responsible for the opera training of young international opera singers. She has also been teaching in the Music Academy’s master classes in Savonlinna, Finland as well as in Cairo, Egypt and Ankara and Izmir, Turkey, and Detmold, Germany. She is also an executive coach in communication of the top leadership of Finnish economy, politics and society.

Tolpo has widely studied drama, expression and communication in Helsinki and at the University of Tampere. At the end of 1980’s, she continued expression and drama studies in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1990–1992, she finalized her studies in opera directorship at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria.
In 1978–1992, Tolpo has been a TV-director and couch at the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Since 1992, she has worked as a freelancer among others for the Finnish Commercial TV Channel MTV3. Since 1996, she has been a dramaturge for MTV3 in all the national Parliament elections and the elections for the Finnish Presidency. Since 1996, she has been coaching the news’ anchors of both the Finnish Broadcasting Company and MTV3. She has also act as an adviser and coach for Swedish TV and Estonian TV.

Tolpo has been an assistant director at Vienna Staatsopern, Stockholm Opera, Cologne Opera, Schwetzinger Festival and Savonlinna Opera Festival. 

Her own opera productions are such as TV Opera Hund by Gothoni (1995), Opera Sudenmorsian (Wolf’s Bride) by Pylkkänen (1996–97), TV Production of Winterreise by Schubert (Baritone Tom Krause, 1997), Opera Night: A Collection of Operas (1997), Stage Production: Boundless Eros by Motaleff (1997), Carmen by Bizet (1999), The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek (1999), Rigoletto by Verdi (2001), Cosí van Tutte by Mozart (2003), Curlew River by Britten (2006) and Prodigal Son by Britten (2009). She has also directed and dramatized many concerts such as Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch.