Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves.She's best known as the former lead singer of the Finnish Symphonic Power Metal band Nightwish. In 2005, she left the band after receiving an open letter, leading to a public back-and-forth volley between her and the rest of the band. The letter claimed that she had missed too many rehearsals and that her husband influenced her behavior, though she vehemently denies these claims. Both she and her husband have since talked about their side of the story.Her first solo album, Henkäys Ikuisuudesta, was released in 2006.Tarja has the unusual distinction of being a female soprano singer for a metal band. Her voice alone led to Nightwish being labeled as "opera metal". "Female-fronted metal" has become a subgenre in part due to the success of Nightwish.Finnish President Tarja Halonen called her "the voice of Finland". She is well-known across Europe and has a small yet devoted following in North America.
- 1996 - Angels Fall First
- 1998 - Oceanborn
- 2000 - Wishmaster
- 2001 - Over The Hills And Far Away (EP)
- 2002 - Century Child
- 2004 - Once
- 2006 - Henkäys Ikuisuudesta (Only available in Finland)
- 2007 - My Winter Storm
- 2010 - What Lies Beneath
- 2011 - Live At Sibelius Hall (with Harus) — this is a classical album, not metal.
- 2013 - Colours In The Dark
- 2016 - The Shadow Self
- 2013 "Paradise (What about Us?)" as a feature credit with Within Temptation
Tarja shows examples of:
- Bilingual Bonus:
- "Montañas De Silencio" is sung in Spanish.
- Most of Henkäys Ikuisuudesta is sung in Finnish. She sings a gorgeous version of "Ave Maria" on this album in German.
- "Mystique Voyage" is in *four* different languages.
- Cover Version: "Walking in the Air" in Henkäys Ikuisuudesta, "Poison", in My Winter Storm and "Still Of The Night", as a bonus of What Lies Beneath. She also sung "Signos" and "Desarma y Sangra" in live concerts.
- Genre-Busting: While generally Symphonic Metal, Tarja's solo material shows aplenty of influences from Classical Music, Alternative Metal, Arena Rock, Prog, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Industrial and even Ambient. Colours in the Dark is especially prominent in its experimental nature.
- Lighter and Softer: "Underneath", "I Feel Immortal", and "Calling Grace" from her solo albums. Live At Sibelius Hall has her singing classical music.
- One-Woman Wail: Quite possibly the world grandmistress of this, with classical operatic vocalizations a common feature of her songs.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: It was nigh-impossible early in her career to figure out what she was singing. She got better about that.
- Supergroup: So far, you have Mike Terrana, Kiko Loureiro, Max Lilja and van Canto accompanying her.
- Take That!: Tarja responded to her former band's personal attacks in Dark Passion Play with "Enough".
- Winter Royal Lady: In the cover art of My Winter Storm.