Tarja Turunen timeline


Tarja Turunen timeline / Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born 17 August 1977), known professionally as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves.

Tarja Turunen timeline


At fifteen, Turunen had her first major appearance as a soloist at a church concert in front of a thousand listeners. In 1993 she attended the Senior Secondary School of Art and Music in Savonlinna.

For several years Turunen performed various songs including soul music by Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. Later she listened to songs from the classical crossover singer Sarah Brightman, especially the song “The Phantom of the Opera”, and decided to focus on that genre of music. At eighteen, she moved to Kuopio to study at the Sibelius Academy.


In December 1996, former classmate Tuomas Holopainen invited Turunen to join his new acoustic mood music project, and she immediately agreed. At the recording session for the first demo Holopainen discovered that due to her classical singing lessons, Turunen’s voice had become much more powerful than he recalled from their school days.

At the following band practices, Emppu Vuorinen used an electric guitar instead of an acoustic guitar because he felt that it gave a better accompaniment to her voice. Holopainen later explained that the band members had gradually realized that Turunen’s voice had become too dramatic for acoustic mood music and eventually came to the conclusion that the music had to be massive too. Hence Holopainen decided to form Nightwish as a metal band.

nightwish demo 1996:


Nightwish recorded a second demo with “more bombastic, dramatic” songs in September 1997.

The Carpenter is the first single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, the only from their debut album, Angels Fall First. It featured, apart from Tarja Turunen’s voice, also Tuomas Holopainen’ voice, making it the only single with his vocals.

Nightwish – Nightwish (Demo) 1997; Nightwish – The Carpenter:

Angels Fall First is the debut studio album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. released November 1, 1997.

  • 1. "Elvenpath" 4:40
  • 2. "Beauty and the Beast" 6:22
  • 3. "The Carpenter" 5:57
  • 4. "Astral Romance" 5:12
  • 5. "Angels Fall First" 5:34
  • 6. "Tutankhamen" 5:31
  • 7. "Nymphomaniac Fantasia" 4:47
  • 8. "Know Why the Nightingale Sings" 4:14
  • 9. "Lappi (Lapland)" 9:20
  • "Erämaajärvi"
  • "Witchdrums"
  • "This Moment Is Eternity"
  • "Etiäinen"
  • Tarja Turunen – lead vocals
  • Tuomas Holopainen – synthesizers, keyboards, piano, vocals (on track 2, 3, 4, 11)
  • Emppu Vuorinen – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar
  • Jukka Nevalainen – drums and percussion
Additional musicians:
  • Esa Lehtinen – flutes

Due to her commitment to the band, Turunen was not able to concentrate sufficiently on her schoolwork and her academic studies were interrupted.


In 1998, Nightwish published their second album, Oceanborn. This album lacked the earlier elements of folk and ambient music and instead focused on fast, melodic keyboard and guitar lines and Turunen’s dramatic voice.

  • Stargazers (Album Version)
  • Gethsemane (Album Version)
  • Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean (Album Version)
  • Sacrament Of Wilderness (Album Version)
  • Passion And The Opera (Album Version)
  • Swanheart
  • The Riddler (Album Version)
  • The Pharaoh Sails To Orion (Album Version)
  • Walking In The Air
  • Sleeping Sun
members: Nightwish
  • Tarja Turunen - vocals
  • Tuomas Holopainen - synthesizers, keyboards
  • Emppu Vuorinen - lead guitar
  • Sami Vänskä - bass guitar
  • Jukka Nevalainen - drums and percussion
Guest musicians
  • Tapio Wilska - male vocals
  • Esa Lehtinen - flutes
  • Plamen Dimov, Kaisli Kaivola - violins
  • Markku Palola - viola
  • Erkki Hirvikangas - cello

music videos published in 1998:

Nightwish’s first-ever music video “The Carpenter”, taken from the 1997 debut-album “Angels Fall First”; Nightwish – Sacrament of Wilderness:


In addition to the Oceanborn Europe Tour (1999), Turunen sang a solo in Waltari’s rock-themed ballet Evankeliumi (also known as Evangelicum) in several sold-out performances at the Finnish National Opera.

Nightwish publishes two singles:
Sleeping Sun; Walking In The Air


Turunen enrolled in 2000 at the German music university Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe to gain a professional qualification as a soloist with further specialization in art song. In addition to the good reputation of the university, Turunen chose to go to Karlsruhe because some people at the Finnish university did not take her seriously as a classical singer due to her commitment in a metal band.

On May 19, 2000, Nightwish released their third studio album Wishmaster.

  • 1. She's my Sin 0:00:00
  • 2. "The Kinslayer" 0:04:47
  • 3. "Come Cover Me" 0:08:47
  • 4. "Wanderlust" 0:13:20
  • 5. "Two for Tragedy" 0:18:11
  • 6. "Wishmaster" 0:22:01
  • 7. "Bare Grace Misery" 0:26:26
  • 8. "Crownless" 0:30:07
  • 9. "Deep Silent Complete" 0:34:35
  • 10. "Dead Boy's Poem" 0:38:34
  • 11. "FantasMic" 0:45:20
  • Tarja Turunen - vocals
  • Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
  • Emppu Vuorinen - lead guitar
  • Sami Vänskä - bass guitar
  • Jukka Nevalainen - drums and percussion
guest musicians:
  • Ike Vil - spoken parts in "The Kinslayer"
  • Sam Hardwick - spoken parts in "Dead Boy's Poem"
  • Esa Lehtinen - flute
  • Ville Laaksonen, Matias Kaila - tenor singers
  • Kimmo Kallio - baritone singer
  • Riku Salminen, Anssi Honkanen - bass singers
  • Ville Laaksonen - choir arrangements

Deep Silent Complete is the single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, from their album Wishmaster. Single released in 2000.

Nightwish – Deep Silent Complete (with lyrics):


In 2001, Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore’s “Over the Hills and Far Away” together with two new songs (“10th Man Down”, unreleased from Oceanborn sessions, and “Away”, unreleased from Wishmaster sessions) and a remake of “Astral Romance” (from the Angels Fall First album) with Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) singing Tuomas’ part.

Over the Hills and Far Away; 10th Man Down; Away:

A published live album “From Wishes to Eternity”
recorded during a show in Tampere, Finland, on December 29, 2000.


Beto Vazquez album Infinity

  • 1. Until Dawn 0:00
  • 2. Wizard 7:36
  • 3. The Battle Of The Past 12:44
  • 4. Sadness In The Night 17:06
  • 5. Through Times Part I 24:06
  • 6. Through Times Part II 25:45
  • 7. Golden Hair 28:10
  • 8. Infinity Space 30:57
  • 9. Through Times Part III 34:57
  • 10. The Laws Of The Future 39:33
  • 11. Promises Under The Rain 44:12
  • 12. High Hopes (Live Version) 49:51


Tarja recorded vocals for Nightwish’s 2002 album Century Child. As with the other albums, Holopainen wrote the pieces and sent Turunen the lyrics and a demo recording of the prerecorded instrumental tracks by mail. Using the demo, Turunen designed her vocal lines and the choral passages.

The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live Finnish orchestra on the tracks “Bless the Child”, “Ever Dream”, “Feel For You” and “The Beauty of the Beast”.

Ever Dream; Bless the Child; Feel For You:

An enduring favorite of fans, though, is the band’s version of “The Phantom of the Opera”, from the famous musical of the same name by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. The song was repeatedly played on concerts until vocalist Tarja Turunen was replaced with Anette Olzon, whereupon the band announced that they would never play the song live again.

The Phantom Of The Opera:

In 2002, Turunen toured South America, performing in the classical Lied concert Noche Escandinava (Scandinavian Night) to sold-out houses.

Following this and an exhausting world tour in support of Century Child (the World Tour of the Century), Nightwish took a hiatus and Turunen returned to Karlsruhe to finish her studies.

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