Gabriel Suovanen was educated at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the University College of Opera in Stockholm. After graduating in 1997, he was the first singer ever to receive the honorable Karita Mattila prize. He was also chosen “Artist in Residence” by the Swedish Radio P2 and won first prize in the Timo Mustakallio singing competition amongst many other achievements.
A successful international career began at Komische Oper in Berlin and continued to many of the highly considered opera houses in Europe, such as Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Some of the title roles performed by Gabriel are Gunther, Don Giovanni, Eugen Onegin, Wozzeck, Papageno and Marcello in La Boheme.
Gabriel is specialized in newly written music and Scandinavian operas. In the international Miriam Helin singing competition he won third prize, and was awarded with an extra prize for the best interpretation of modern music. In 2000, he sang the title role at the world premiere of Paavu Nurmi at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Gothe’s Blanche and Marie is another first ever premiere performed in 2014. The Swedish composer Matts Larsson Gothe, wrote his chamber opera melodrama “Ringen”, especially for Suovanen.
At the concert stage Suovanen is a desired solo and romance singer, having worked with all of the major symphony orchestras in Scandinavia. Among the multitude of concerts, a highlight is the Brahms Requiem and Fauré Requiem which he performed with the legendary conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy in both Helsinki and San Francisco.
Gabriel has recorded a multitude of records with the record labels BIS and Ondine. The most recent one, “Sju sånger” by Lars Karlsson and Per Lagerkvist, released in 2018, was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize.