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Nina Stemme

Nina Stemme
Tanja Niemann

The Swedish soprano Nina Stemme is today in great demand at all major opera houses worldwide. She is a frequent guest at Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, Wiener Staatsoper, Opera Bastille in Paris, Royal Opera House in London as well as the opera houses in Stockholm, Zürich, Munich, Barcelona, Houston and San Fransisco, where she in recent years has sung roles such as Isolde (Tristan and Isolde), Brünnhilde (Wagner’s Ring Cycle), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Turandot, Minnie (La Fanciulla del West), Tosca, Ariadne, Salome, The Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), and Leonore (Fidelio).

Nina Stemme’s role interpretations are met with great acclaim among both audience and critics, and 2013 she was the first recipient of the Opera Award for Best Female Singer. Nina Stemme was appointed Swedish Court Singer 2006, Austrian Kammersängerin 2012, and she has been selected ”Singer of the Year” twice, 2005 and 2012, in the German magazine Opernwelt.

Her highly acclaimed Isolde in Christof Loy’s production of Tristan and Isolde at the Royal Opera House in London rendered her the Laurence Olivier Award for best role interpretation 2010. Nina Stemme is also honored with the Swedish Royal medal ”Litteris et Artibus” and the Italian Premio Abbiati.

Since her debut as Cherubino in Cortona, Italy 1989, her repertoire has included Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Mimi (La Bohème), Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), Manon Lescaut, Tatjana (Eugene Onegin), Katerina (Greek Passion), Suor Angelica, Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Katerina (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Marguerite (Faust), Agathe (Der Freischutz), Marie (Wozzeck), Nyssia (König Kandaules), Jenufa, Arabella, Eva (Die Meistersinger), Elsa (Lohengrin), Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Amelia (Un ballo in machera), Leonora (La forza del destino), and Aida. Nina Stemme has performed at numerous opera scenes and festivals including Bayreuth, Salzburg, Savonlinna, Glyndebourne, Bregenz and the BBC Proms in London.

Among Nina Stemme’s CD recordings are Fidelio with Claudio Abbado (Decca), Tristan und Isolde with Sir Antonio Pappano (EMI 2005) and Marek Janowski (PentaTone 2012), Die Walküre with Valéry Gergiev (Mariinsky), Tannhäuser with Marek Janowski (PentaTone), Greek Passion (Koch Schwann), König Kandaules (Andante), The Flying Dutchman (Chandos), final scenes from Salome and Capriccio together with Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (EMI), Nina Stemme singt Lieder (Phaedra: In Flanders’ Fields volym 40) as well as Wesendonck Lieder (with The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard). In addition to this recordings of La Fanciulla del West, Der Rosenkavalier, La forza del destino, Tristan und Isolde, Aida, and Jenufa are available on DVD.

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