Hedvig Paulig was born in Helsinki, Finland. After playing the violin for many years, she
started taking singing lessons at the age of 15. She also danced ballet, played tennis and
squash and took up fencing when studying political science at the University of Helsinki.
After a Bachelor degree, she was accepted at the Helsinki Conservatoire of Music and
graduated in 2003. Just two days before Christmas 2002 Hedvig got the best Christmas
present ever; a letter saying she got through the entrance exams at the Royal Academy of
Music in London.

Hedvig has preformed at the regional operahouses in Finland starring as Hanna Glawari in the Merry
Widow, Violetta in La Traviata, First Lady in the Magic Flute, among others. She has sung at
many festivals, including the prestigious Helsinki Festival, Urkuyö ja aaria- festival in Espoo
and the Julita-Festival in Sweden. Her extensive repertoire has led to engagements with many
prominent Finnish Orchestras, including the Helsinki Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrlandoperan Symphony Orchestra, Lapland ChamberOrchestra and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. Hedvig has given liedrecitals in Finland, Sweden, Norway, England, Australia, Russia, Israel and Germany. She made her debute at the Finnish National Opera in 2013 as Frasquita in Carmen and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. She has also recorded songs for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and features on a number of recordings for labels such as Toccata Classic, Fuga, Sibelius One and Nova Records. 

Bachelor of Political Science, Helsinki University
DipRAM The Royal Academy of Music, London 2004
Diploma and M. Mus from the Sibelius Academy’s Opera Department, Helsinki 2008

Prizes and awards
2011 First prize in the international Sibelius Singing Competition, Finland
2009 Third prize in the Merikanto-competition, Finland

Stage Experience

  • Bizet: Frasquita Carmen (Finnish National Opera 2013)
  • Britten: Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helsinki Conservatoire 2002)
  • Britten: Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Box, Helsinki 2018)
  • Donizetti: Giannetta Elisir d’Amore (Helsinki University 2002) 
  • Gluck: Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice (Porvoo, Finland 2008)
  • Humperdinck: Die Mutter Hänsel und Gretel (Julita Festival, Sweden 2009)
  • Janácek: Barena (Cover) Jenufa (Finnish National Opera 2014)
  • Lehár: Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow (Vaasa Opera 2013)
  • Lehár: Anna Elisa Paganini (OperArt Touring Opera, Finland 2017-18)
  • Offenbach: Minerva Orpheus in the Underworld (Helsinki Conservatoire 2001)
  • Maxwell Davies: Evil Stepmother Cinderella (Finnish National Opera Young Opera 1996-97)
  • Mozart: Sandrina La finta Giardiniera (Opera Pieno, Helsinki 2005)
  • Mozart: Rosina La finta Semplice (Opera Pieno 2007)
  • Mozart: The Countess Le Nozze di Figaro (Helsinki Conservatoire 2005)
  • Mozart: Donna Anna Don Giovanni (Alexander’s Theatre, Old Opera Helsinki 2016)
  • Mozart:Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (Sibelius Academy 2008)
  • Mozart: Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte (Opera Pieno 2008)
  • Mozart: First Lady The Magic Flute (Tampere Opera 2011)
  • Puccini: Suor Angelica Suor Angelica (Helsinki Conservatoire 2003)      
  • Rossini: Clorinda La Cenerentola (Finnish National Opera 2013)
  • Strauss: Echo Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera Box, Helsinki 2016)
  • Verdi: Violetta La Traviata (Vaasa Opera 2010)
  • Verdi: Tebaldo Don Carlos (Tampere Opera 2009)
  • Verdi: Voce del cielo Don Carlos (Tampere Opera 2009)

Finnish Operas

  • I. Kuusisto: Katarina Armfelt (Swedish Theatre, Helsinki 2008-09)
  • I. Kuusisto: Elli Miehen Kylkiluu (Sibelius Academy 2007) 
  • J. Mattson: Ellen Katrina (Ahvenanmaa 2002)
  • A. Merikanto: Anja Juha (Sibelius Academy 2007)
  • P. H. Nordgren: Tanja The Black Monk (Vaasa Opera 2005)
  • J. Panula: Alma Kuula Toivo Kuula- symphony (Vaasa Opera 2006)
  • U. Pulkkis: Lahja Sirén Viisi naista kappelissa (Helsinki Festival 2012)

Teachers and Masterclasses
Ritva Auvinen, Jaakko Ryhänen, Dorothy Irving, Marit Sauramo, Robert Teir, Alison Pearce, Barbara Bonney, Tom Krause, Elisabeth Werres, Roland Herman, Jeanne Piland, Inge-Britt Åkerblom

Language skills
Fluent: Finnish, Swedish, English, German
Moderate: Italian, French