Ilkka Hämäläinen has sung at the Finnish National Opera since 2012 both as a soloist and as a member of the choir. He is also a sought-after artist in the Finnish regional operas and sings as a soloist at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
Ilkka Hämäläinen masters a huge variety of different music styles. This ability of his is remakable even on an international level.
He started his career as a young pop and rock´n´roll singer. Nowdays his repertoire includes over 80 roles in musicals, operetta and opera.
Next season he will be singin at the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow when the Savonlinna Opera Festival brings their opera Otello there. He will also continue performing at the Finnish National opera, where his lead role of Andrew Lloyd Webber´s Phantom of the Opera has got rave reviews. In addition to this he sings the role of Andres in Alban Berg´s Wozzeck.
In 1997 Hämäläinen won the operetta competition ”Kultainen Silinteri” (Golden Tophat) in Turku.
He has recorded e.g. Orthodox choir music as a soloist of the Uspenski Cathedral Male-voice choir.