Music / Tarja Turunen

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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.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.

Discography:

With Nightwish

  • 1996 - Angels Fall First
  • 1998 - Oceanborn
  • 2000 - Wishmaster
  • 2001 - Over The Hills And Far Away (EP)
  • 2002 - Century Child
  • 2004 - Once

Solo

  • 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

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