Norwegian soprano Solveig Kringelborn is one of the most celebrated sopranos to emerge from Scandinavia in recent times. Equally sought after in opera and on the concert platform, she regularly works with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Claudio Abbado, Sir Neville Marriner and Sir Colin Davis. In concert she is particularly well known for her interpretation of Scandinavian music, whilst she dazzles on the operatic stage with her silvery-toned voice combined with intense stage presence.
Recent highlights have included the title role of Rusalka and the Countess Le nozze di Figaro for Norwegian Opera; Marietta Die tote Stadt at the Teatro Real Madrid and La Fenice; Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Komische Oper Berlin, Norwegian Opera, and Opéra National de Paris; Marie Wozzeck at La Monnaie; and Elisabeth Tannhäuser at the Baden-Baden Festival. Other operatic roles include Ellen Orford Peter Grimes at La Monnaie; Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Tatyana Eugene Onegin and Eva Die Meistersinger, all for Metropolitan Opera; Katerina Izmailova Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for San Fancisco Opera, Zurich Opera, Dresden Semperoper, Bayerische Rundfunk, and at the Saito Kinen Festival; Lisa Pique Dame at the Liceu Barcelona; Donna Elvira Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera and with Antonio Pappano and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Marenka The Bartered Bride at Glyndebourne; and Ariadne auf Naxos for Opéra National de Paris.
Recent concert performances include Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Haydn’s The Creation, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables, which she premiered at the BBC Proms. This season, she performs Schoenberg’s Erwartung with the Orchestre de Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Kringelborn’s discography includes Grieg Songs with Rozhdestvensky, Grieg’s Haugtussa and Olav Tryggvason, Sibelius’ Luonnotar, Lutoslawski songs, and two solo recital CDs with Malcolm Martineau: Black Roses, which won a Norwegian Grammy, and most recently Erwartung, which showcases lieder by Schoenberg, Strauss, Wagner, Wolf and Reger. She has also recorded Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 for Deutsche Grammophon under Giuseppe Sinopoli and made a celebrated recording of Sibelius’ opera The Maiden in the Tower for Virgin.
Orchestre de Paris
Rosalinde Die Fledermaus
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Title role Rusalka; Countess Le nozze di Figaro
Norwegian National Opera
Marietta Die tote Stadt
Teatro Real Madrid, La Fenice
Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier
Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Komische Oper Berlin, Norwegian Opera, Opéra National de Paris
Marie Wozzeck; Ellen Orford Peter Grimes
Rosalinde Die Fledermaus; Tatyana Eugene Onegin; Eva Die Meistersinger
Metropolitan Opera, New York
Katerina Izmailova Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
San Fancisco Opera, Zurich Opera, Dresden Semperoper, Bayerische Rundfunk, Saito Kinen Festival, Japan
Lisa Pique Dame
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Marenka The Bartered Bride
Title role Ariadne auf Naxos
Opéra National de Paris
Selected concert repertoire
Four Last Songs
Das Paradies und die Peri
Chantefleurs et Chantefables (premiered at the BBC Proms)
Beautiful, blond, sexy, fearless, and vibrantly sung. Mariettas Lied, the opera’s best known tune, was voiced with silvery tone and lovely limpid phrasing.
Seen and Heard International
Solveig Kringelborn was rapt in her lyricism, equally attentive to the dictates of musical line and verbal meaning.