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Malena Ernman

About this Artist

Swedish mezzo MALENA ERNMAN has become one of the most sought after artists in her generation. She has sung Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Staatsoper Berlin/Daniel Barenboim), Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Staatsoper Berlin, Royal Opera Stockholm, Finnish National Opera), the title role in Carmen (Royal Opera Stockholm), Kaja in Sven-David Sandström's Staden (Royal Opera Stockholm), and Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Staatsoper Berlin/Barenboim). She has worked with René Jacobs as Nerone in Agrippina and Roberto in Scarlatti's Griselda in Berlin, Brussels, Innsbruck, and Paris. She has appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival singing Nancy in Albert Herring (Summer 2002) and Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus (Summer 2003). The 2002/2003 season included Diana in Cavalli's La Calisto at Wiener Festwochen with René Jacobs. In the 2003/2004 season Malena Ernman sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at La Monnaie in Brussels and Lichas in Hercules with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (which has been revived at Opéra National de Paris and at Wiener Festwochen). During the spring and summer of 2005, she created the title role in Boesmans' Julie at la Monnaie, at Wiener Festwochen, and in Aix-en-Provence. The spring of 2006 included Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea in Berlin and Brussels followed by the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas in Vienna and Nerone in Agrippina at Oper Frankfurt. This past August she sang Annio in La clemenza di Tito in Salzburg. Future engagements include Angelina in La Cenerentola in Stockholm.

On the concert platform Ernman's appearances have included Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri in Graz and Zurich with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mozart's Waisenhausmesse (Salzburg Festival with Frans Brüggen), Berio's Folksongs (Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlo Rizzi), Fabian Müller's Nachtgesänge (Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra/Zinman - world premiere), and Mozart's Requiem in Minneapolis (Arnold Östman). During the 2001/02 season Malena Ernman could be heard in recital in Tokyo, singing Bach's St. John Passion in Notre Dame de Paris (Ensemble Orchestral de Paris/John Nelson), and performing Mozart's Requiem (Berlin Philharmonic Orches-tra/Barenboim). The 2002/03 season included Mozart's C-minor Mass with Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and Philippe Herreweghe on tour in Europe, a Vivaldi concert in Lille with Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini, and S-D Sand-ström's High Mass with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt. During the 2004/05 season she made her Wigmore Hall debut and appeared singing Elgar's Sea Pictures in Trondheim and Berio's Folksongs with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In August 2005 she sang the Folksongs at the Verbier Festival.

Malena Ernman's discography includes the solo CDs Cabaret and My Love (BIS), Songs in Season (Nytorp Musik), Nachtgesänge (Col legno), and The High Mass (Deutsche Grammophon). She studied at the Conservatory of Orléans, France, and at the Royal Academy of Music and the University College of Opera in Stockholm.