APPLICATIONS FOR SUNNEGÅRDH MASTERCLASS NOW CLOSED
Sunday 3rd December
After her critically acclaimed operatic debut in 2004 in the role of Turandot at the Malmö Opera, and her much publicized MET -Debut as Fidelio/Leonore in 2006, Swedish-American soprano Erika Sunnegårdh established herself as a unique and touching artist; earning a reputation for her ability to integrate effective musicianship with uncompromisingly fearless and emotionally nuanced characterisations.
Between 2004 and 2018, Swedish-American Soprano Erika Sunnegårdh has enjoyed a packed schedule performing around the world. Roles like Salome, Leonore, Turandot, Tosca, Senta, and Kaiserin have dominated her career; while novelties like Euryanthe, Jenufa, Regan (LEAR), Eva (Autumn Sonata), and Paulina (Death and the Maiden) have enriched and deepened her artistic commitment.
Pre-pandemic, she repeated the role of Regan in Calixto Bieito’s production of Reimann’s LEAR in Florence, Paris, and Madrid (Rescheduled for 2024); as well as Eva in the critically acclaimed World Premiere production of Sebastian Fagerlund’s Autumn Sonata (Finnish National Opera 2017), which took off for Malmö Opera (September) and the Hong Kong Cultural Festival (October). She also sang Fidelio at the reopening of the State Opera in Prague in January, 2020.
Since 2018, she has stayed closer to Stockholm, fully taking on the role of support person to her mother, who is navigating the trials and mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Meanwhile, Erika has turned her attention to new repertoire, favoring concert and recital repertoire, but also opera roles that allow for the retention of vocal health and lyricism.
Sunday 27th August
Pianist, Magnus Svensson, is acknowledged as one of the leading Scandinavian accompanists, collaborating with singers worldwide including Pretty Yende, Dorothea Röschmann, Nina Stemme, Christophe Prégardien, Malin Byström, Benjamin Appl, Miah Persson, Irène Theorin, Katarina Karnéus, Anna Larsson, Ailish Tynan, Ann Hallenberg, John Lundgren, Matthew Rose, Elin Rombo, Camilla Tilling, Daniel Johansson, Kristina Hammarström, Cornelia Beskow, as well as rising stars such as Christina Nilsson and Johanna Wallroth.
Renowned for his versatility and extensive repertoire knowledge, he is a regular solo guest, chamber musician and accompanist at leading music venues and festivals across Scandinavia, Europe, and the United States. In the 2022/23 season Magnus continues his strong relationship with the Konserthuset Stockholm, his musical home since 2015. A highly respected programmer, he curates the prestigious Lied series for the Konserthuset, which is now in its tenth season. Guests this season include Ian Bostridge, Bryn Terfel & Nina Stemme.
Magnus has a wide-ranging discography including solo piano discs of Mozart, Schumann and Bach. Adding to his fast-growing collection of Lied discs, upcoming releases include recordings with Irene Theorin and Malin Byström.
He has been the Musical Editor at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2012 and has since published over 750 new editions of Swedish music. For many years he was involved in the extensive programming of music and concerts produced in association with the Royal Palace in Stockholm. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm as well as at The College of Music and Opera at Mälardalens University
ANN SOFIE VON OTTER
Sunday 26th February
Boasting an unrivalled and multi award-winning discography, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter’s versatility has seen her work with legendary artists ranging from the late greats of Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado and Giuseppe Sinopoli to Elvis Costello, Brad Mehldau and Rufus Wainwright.
An ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining Swedish-born von Otter’s international profile, from an early position as the superlative Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) of her generation, giving performances around the world, to her acclaimed creation of Leonora in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at Salzburger Festspiele and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Recent highlights include Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites) at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) in Christof Loy’s production at Bayerische Staatsoper, L’Opinion Publique (Orphée aux Enfers) at Salzburger Festspiele in Barrie Kosky’s new production, Mérope (Oedipe) at Opéra National de Paris, and the leading role of Charlotte Andergast in the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund’s Höstsonaten for Finnish National Opera.
The 2022/2023 season sees von Otter further expand her repertoire with productions of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame (Countess) at La Monnaie under Nathalie Stutzmann and Strauss’ Arabella (Adelaide) at Teatro Real Madrid under David Afkham, in addition to a reprise of Countess Geschwitz in Theater an der Wien’s new production of Berg’s Lulu, conducted by Maxime Pascal. After their acclaimed collaboration last season at Theater Basel in ‘Eine Winterreise,’ an intimate evening of music theatre conceived by Christoph Loy and inspired by the songs of Franz Schubert, von Otter and Kristian Bezuidenhout reunite for recitals in New York, Boston, Minnesota, Rochester, Santa Monica, Montréal and Warsaw this season.
Equally recognized as a concert and recital singer of exceptional gifts, von Otter’s career has taken her around the globe as a regular presence on the world’s most important stages excelling in a diverse repertoire including works by Mahler, Berlioz, Bach and Kurt Weill, and her expansive Lieder recordings range from classics by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf and Mahler, through lesser-known compilations from Cécile Chaminade, Korngold, Peterson-Bergen and Stenhammar.
Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today’s most recorded artists with an incomparable catalogue built across a career now spanning more than four decades at the very top of her profession. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of acclaimed recordings including the Grammy-winning Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Claudio Abbado, Handel’s Ariodante, Giulio Cesare and Hercules with Marc Minkowski and a collaboration with pop legend Elvis Costello on For the Stars. On Naïve Classique, her double CD of Mélodies and Chansons, Douce France, received the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Von Otter immortalized many of her operatic characters on disc: Octavian with Bernard Haitink and the Staatskapelle Dresden and on DVD with Wiener Staatsoper under Carlos Kleiber; Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) under James Levine; La clemenza di Tito and Orfeo ed Euridice under Sir John Eliot Gardiner; and Ariadne auf Naxos under Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Anne Sofie von Otter
Magnus Svensson - piano
Anne Sofie von Otter
Samuel Skönberg - piano
Julia Portela Piñón