When Ville Saukkonen agreed to take on The Coronation of Poppea, he had only one name in mind for the complex and powerful character of Poppea herself. Soprano Katja Vaahtera is well-known in the Baroque world as a committed performer, always finding something new and interesting, and presenting it with great artistic elegance and sparkling wit. Katja developed her noble instrument in Finland as well in Slovakia where she completed her Masters studies. She gives herself completely to music when she performs, although she also has a successful career in fashion design. Whenever she arrives at rehearsal, she dazzles not only with her focused music-making but also her stylish appearance!