Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen Cabuli or Tarja Turunen (ˈtɑrjɑ ˈturunen), born August 17, 1977) is a Finnish singer-songwriter and composer. She is a full lyric soprano and has a vocal range of about three octaves.
She is well-known as a professional classical singer but best known as the former lead vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, which she founded with Tuomas Holopainen and Erno Vuorinen in 1996. Their combination of hard and fast guitar riffs with Turunen's classical lead vocals quickly aroused the enthusiasm of critics and audiences. Their symphonic metal style, soon dubbed "opera metal", inspired many other metal bands and singers.
Turunen was dismissed from the band on October 21, 2005. She started her solo career in 2006 with the release of a Christmas album called Henkäys Ikuisuudesta, which was supported by a classical tour in Finland and Russia. In 2007, Turunen released My Winter Storm, an album featuring various styles, including alternative rock and symphonic metal. Her Storm World Tour supported this album. Turunen released her third album, What Lies Beneath, on September 1, 2010. She performed several concerts in Europe, playing in metal festivals including the Graspop Metal Meeting and the Wacken Open Air, before starting the What Lies Beneath World Tour, scheduled to last until the end of 2012.