Tarja Turunen

Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen Cabuli was born in August 1977 in Kitee, Finland. She became interested in studying music at only six years old and later attended the Sibelius Academy. In 1996 she co-founded Nightwish, a metal band accompanied by her opera voice, with classmate Tuomas Holopainen and performed at the Savonlinna Opera Festival the same year. She began to gain fame with Oceanborn, the Nightwish album in 1998.

Alongside touring with the band in the coming years and recording for Century Child, she performed solo at the Finnish National Opera and studied at the Music University in Karlsruhe, Germany. Tarja performed Noche Escandinava (Scandinavian Night) throughout South America during 2002, followed by a world tour with the band. After this, Nightwish went on a hiatus, and in December 2003 she performed at the President's Palace in Helsinki for Finnish Independence Day celebrations. She also married the businessman from Argentina, Marcelo Cabuli, at the start of 2003. Throughout 2004 and 2005, Nightwish returned to tour for their new album, Once, and Tarja also released her own single (Yhden Enkelin Unelma - One Angel's Dream). During the spring of 2005 she worked on a duet with German musician Martin Kesici.

In October 2005, Tarja and Nightwish parted ways over several differences, but she continues to tour and record her own albums, as well as making performances at opera festivals. Tarja's second solo album, My Winter Storm, was released in November 2007 and achieved gold status in Finland on the day of release. Tarja Turunen has become one of the most prominent singers in Finland and Europe and will always be known for such a great feat wherever it takes her!