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Iréne Theorin


  • One of the most celebrated dramatic sopranos of today, Iréne Theorin is a regular guest at opera houses and concert venues across the world. Particularly associated with German dramatic repertoire she has garnered huge acclaim for her intense musicality, engaging performances and vocal flexibility. A graduate of the Music Academy and Royal Opera School in Copenhagen, Theorin has performed at Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Berliner Staatsoper, Staatsoper Vienna, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera de Paris, Semperoper Dresden and at the Bayreuth Festival.

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  • The 2016-17 season sees Theorin making a highly anticipated role debut as Dyer’s wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten at Staatsoper Berlin. As Brünnhilde she can be heard in Die Walküre at the New National Theatre Tokyo and Oper Leipzig and in the Ring Cycle in Budapest. In summer 2017 she sings Turandot with the Macerata Opera Festival. On the concert platform she makes appearances in Budapest and Los Angeles Philharmonic with Wagner concerts; Malmö for a New Year’s Eve Gala concert; and both a Strauss concert and Lied recital at Stockholm Concert Hall.

    Recent engagements include Brünnhilde The Ring Cycle (La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Washington National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Berliner Staatsoper, the Wagner Festival in Budapest, Oper Leipzig, Cologne and New National Theatre Tokyo), Isolde Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth Festival, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Washington National Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Vlaamse Opera, Tokyo, Berlin, Copenhagen), Elektra (Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra de Paris), Turandot (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Essen, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Guangzhou, Dresden, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Metropolitan Opera New York, Bayerische Staatsoper and Arena di Verona) and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana (The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen and The Mikhailovsky Theatre).

    Last season Theorin returned to the Liceu for Götterdämmerung and to Berliner Staatsoper for the Ring Cycle under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. Other engagements included a new production of Götterdämmerung at Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Elektra in Dresden, Isolde at Oper Stuttgart, Tove Gurre-Lieder, Opéra National de Paris with Philipe Jordan and the title role of Turandot at Royal Opera House Muscat and at Festival Castell de Peralada.

    Her DVD recordings include Elektra from Salzburg Festival and Götterdämmerung from the Teatro alla Scala, both released by Arthaus, Tristan und Isolde from Bayreuth on Opus Arté and the award-winning Ring Cycle from Copenhagen on Decca. In March 2015, she was awarded singer of the year in Spain for her interpretation of Brünnhilde in Die Walküre in Barcelona 2014, and she has been knighted the Order of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

    2016-17 season / 455 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Season Highlights

Brünnhilde Die Walküre
New National Theatre, Tokyo

Brünnhilde Die Walküre
Oper Leipzig

Die Färberin Die Frau ohne Schatten
Staatsoper im Schiller Theater

Wagner Ring highlights concert
LA Philharmonic

Opera repertoire

Santuzza Cavalleria rusticana

Title role La Gioconda

Title role Turandot

Title role Ariadne auf Naxos
Title role Elektra
Die Färberin Die Frau ohne Schatten
Title role Salome

Lady Macbeth Macbeth

Brünnhilde Der Ring des Nibelungen
Ortrud Lohengrin
Kundry Parsifal
Venus & Elisabeth Tannhäuser
Isolde Tristan und Isolde

The best thing of the whole Ring was being able to fully count on Iréne Theorin... the Swedish soprano is a force of nature.

El Mundo

The Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin... was splendid in the crucial 30-minute scene with Siegfried that ends this very long opera. Her gleaming tone […] Her impassioned intensity and the nobility of her phrasing […]. A born actress, she movingly conveyed Brünnhilde’s transition from a warrior maiden mortified by the loss of her godhood to a vulnerable woman hopelessly in love.

New York Times

Iréne Theorin as Isolde is a miracle in itself.

Bild Zeitung

Intermusica represents Iréne Theorin worldwide, excluding Italy and Sweden.

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