The Finnish baritone Tommi Hakala won the renowned BBC Singer of the World competition in Cardiff in 2003. A graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he was awarded first prize at the national Merikanto Singing Competition in 2001. He has been an ensemble member of the Nuremberg Opera (1998–2001), Leipzig Opera (2001–04) and Finnish National Opera (2008–13).
He has appeared extensively world wide, including performances at the Staatsoper Dresden, Savonlinna Opera Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Tommi Hakala has given concerts across Europe and in the USA, working with conductors including Leif Segerstam, Okko Kamu, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Jesús López-Cobos, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis.