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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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  • Theorin begins the 2017/18 season returning to Gran Teatre del Liceu as Isolde Tristan und Isolde. Other highlights this season include returns to Kungliga Operan to sing title role Elektra and to Wiener Staatsoper and San Francisco Opera as Brünnhilde The Ring Cycle. She also joins Daniel Barenboim and Staatsoper Berlin as Isolde Tristan und Isolde at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. On the concert platform Theorin performs a solo recital with the Fundación Victoria de los Ángeles. She also appears in the Birgit Nillson 100th anniversary concert in Gothenburg and joins the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra as Isolde in a concert performance of ‘Prelude und Liebestod’ Tristan und Isolde.

    Last season Theorin made a highly anticipated role debut as Dyer’s wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten at Staatsoper Berlin. As Brünnhilde she was heard in Die Walküre at the New National Theatre Tokyo and Oper Leipzig and in The Ring Cycle in Budapest. In summer 2017 she sang the title role Turandot with the Macerata Opera Festival. On the concert platform she made appearances in China with Four Last Songs; Budapest and LA Philharmonic with Wagner concerts; Gran Canaria for a performance of Gurrelieder; 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, Oper Stuttgart), Elektra (Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra de Paris, Semperoper Dresden), Turandot (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House Muscat, Festival Castell de Peralada, 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).

    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.

    2017-18 season / 475 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Season Highlights

Title role Elektra
Kungliga Operan

Isolde Tristan und Isolde
Gran Teatre del Liceu

Brünnhilde The Ring Cycle
Wiener Staatsoper

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 Sweden.

Maria Mot
Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9904

Lottie Gulliver
Assistant to Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9937

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