Gitta-maria Sjöberg

Gitta-maria Sjöberg

Spinto Soprano

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2015Janáček: JenůfaKostelnicka
2014Janáček: The Makropulos AffairEmilia Marty
2014Matti Borg - SummersongsSoloist
2014Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2013Puccini: Il tabarroGiorgetta
2013Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder für Sopran und OrchesterSoloist
2013Wagner: Die WalküreSieglinde
2013Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
2012Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk DistrictKaterina Izmaylova
2012Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk DistrictKaterina Izmaylova
2011Janáček: JenůfaKostelnicka
2006Janáček: The Makropulos AffairEmilia Marty
2004Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraAmelia
2000Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)

Bio

Gitta-Maria Sjöberg                                                 BIO   The superbly talented Swedish-born soprano is a much sought-after guest performer at leading operahouses, festivals and concert-halls throughout the world.  She is based in Copenhagen since her sensational debut at The Royal Theatre 1987, and was in 2005, as leading soprano, granted the great honour of performing at the opening of the grand new Opera House in the title-role of Aida, partnered with Roberto Alagna as Radames.   Gitta-Maria's range allows her to master lyrical as well as powerful, dramatic parts, interpreting and filling them superbly with inner life and complexity.   Her voice spans a wide pallet of colours and nuances. Among her more than 40 operaparts are: Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Liù, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Desdemona, Alice, Amelia, Elisabetta, Leonora, Carmen, Micaela, Arabella, The Composer, Chrysotemis, Octavian, Tatjana, Jenufa, Eva, Sieglinde (with Placido Domingo 2006), Brangaene, Hanna Glavari,  Rusalka  and Emilia Marty.  She performed Emilia Marty in "Vec Makropulos" in both Copenhagen, Stockholm and Düsseldorf. Prominent German critics pronounced her 'Singer of the year 2000', for her convincing interpretation, permeated by a profound grasp of the human mind, fear of death and arrogant conceit.  Recently, she has yet again convinced reviewers of her impressive ability to create convincing complex characters in two demanding leading roles:  Kostelnicka and Katarina Ismajlova.  The evil stepmother Kostelnicka in the Malmo production of 'Jenufa' was portrayed with great authority, transforming her yearning for love and her dilemma into an inescapable, black gnawing anguish.  Likewise, the lonely wife of a rich man, Katarina in Shostakovich's opera ' The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk', selfdestructive as well as destructive, when access to her passion is thwarted, was portrayed by Gitta-Maria as a woman desperately craving meaning in her life.  Devoid of sentimentality, with expressive realism, by voice, body and soul she laid bare and defended her character. Her performance as Katarina, a role she created with Graham Vick as director, was a great success at the Gothenburg Opera House as well as at the Staatsoper Hannover.   Gitta-Maria was educated at the Copenhagen Opera Academy under the tutelage of the Great Kim Borg.  She is now herself teaching and shares her knowledge and experience with promising young singers both as a private teacher and through a series of popular masterclasses.  In addition, she is an accomplished Lieder singer having given solo-performances in London and Paris.  She works with equal enthusiasm whether a Schubert-Lied, a folksong or a jazz ballad.  On the whole she finds interest in nearly all musical genres and has successfully also worked- and recorded CD's with a lot of artists in the field of "rhythmical music" : - Benjamin Koppel, worldfamous saxofoneplayer, composer and jazzbandleader for "Mad Cows" - Anders Koppel, composer and former member of the well known jazz- and beatgroup "Savage Rose"  - Marie Carmen Koppel, very gifted soul-singer, with whom Gitta has sung duets  - Henrik Goldschmidts Middle East Peace Orchester - Emil Goldschmidts Kletzmerorchester "Mames Babegenush" and - “The Nordic Five” / De Nordiske Spillemænd. Together with these gifted musicians Gitta has for more than 20 years performed a repertoire of Scandinavian folksongs, with a superb mixture of simplicity, rhythmical "feeling", joy and melancholy. Amongst her several recordings is the critically acclaimed ‘Verdi Puccini Arias (Danacord 2007) which was voted ‘CD of the Month’ by “the MusicWeb International” on the internet and eliciting comparisons with Maria Callas by some reviewers and announced as one of the 10 best singers in the world! Recently, she has interpreted Nordic folk songs on 'Nordic Trio - Nordic Folksongs and Ballads', arranged by her husband, the composer Matti Borg.  She also got superb credit as Sieglinde in "The Ring" - The Royal Opera in Copenhagen - which got the Gramophone Award as "DVD of the year" in October 2009. Recently was the Malmö Operas DVD of Jenufa selected as Critics Choice in Opera News and her Kostelnicka was praised as "the best ever”!   Gitta-Maria Sjöberg is made “Knight of Dannebrog 1st grade” by Queen Margrethe ll and is the Chairman of the Board at Birgit Nilsson Society http://www.birgitnilsson.com/en/birgit-nilsson-museum/friends-society. She is also Artistic Director for Nordic Song Festival http://www.nordicsongfestival.org which opens for the first time in June 2014 and in the future Gitta-Maria is opening the Janáceks International Festival in Brno, Czech Republic, with the role of Emilia Marty (Vec Makropulos) as well as engagement at the Scottish Opera and Jyske Opera as Kostelnicka. REPERTOIRE Opera                                     (New roles in cursiv) A. Berg:                                  Marie Bela Bartok:                           Judith L v Beethoven:                       Leonore – Fidelio B. Britten:                               Queen Elisabeth – Gloriana, Ellen O – Peter Grimes Dvorak:                                   Rusalka (Czech), Bo Holten:                              The Queen Mother – “Livlægens Besøg” (world-premiere-09) Janacek:                                  Emilia Marty - Vec Makropulos (Czech), Jenufa (Czech)                                                  Katja Kabanova, Kostelnicka (Czech) F. Lehár:                                  Hanna Glavari – The Merry Widow Mozart:                                    La Contessa, Donna Elvira Offenbach:                              Giulietta – Les Contes d’Hoffmann Poulenc:                                  Madame Lidoine - Les Dialogues des Carmelites G. Puccini:                              Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Mimi, Liù,                                                 Giorgetta Purcell:                                    Dido D. Schostakovitj:                    Katerina Izmailova - Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Russian) F. Schreker:                            Carlotta - Die Gezeichneten R. Strauss:                              Arabella, Komponist, Chrysothemis, Die Marschallin (in prep.) Bent Sørensen:                      The Mother - Under the Sky (world-premiere-04)                                            Tjajkovskij:                             Tatjana (Russian), Lisa – Pikovaja Dama  G Verdi:                                 Desdemona, Leonora (Trovatore and Forza), Amelia (Ballo in Maschera and                                                 Simone B.) Elisabetta - Don Carlos, Aida, Lady Macbeth R. Wagner:                              Eva - Die Meistersinger, Sieglinde - Die Walküre, Brangäne, Kundry, Venus, Elsa,                                                        Elisabeth   CONCERT REPERTOIRE: Beethoven:                            Missa Solemnis, Symphony nr 9 Alban Berg:                           Sieben Früh Lieder Matti Borg:                             Fabliau - for female voice and 12 celli (first perf.1996),                                                Summersongs - for stringquartet (2014), 15 songs to the poems by Gustav Fröding                                                - for chamberorch. and smaller ensemble (recorded dec 2013 with Mattias Nilsson                                                and members from The Nordic Chamberorchestra - to be launched at Nordic Song                                                Festival in June 2014) Brahms:                                  Requiem B. Britten:                              War Requiem Dvorak:                                  Stabat Mater Gorecki:                                 3rd Symphony Händel:                                  Messias Anna-Lena Laurin:                Quest (first perf. w. the Malmö Opera Orchestra in June 2014) Rued Langgaard:                   "Sfärernes musik" and songs (rec. with Odense Symph. Orch.) Mahler:                                   4th symphony, Das Klagende Lied, Lieder Mozart:                                   Requiem J. Sibelius:                              Songs - w. orch. R. Strauss:                              Vier Letzte Lieder (rec. 1996) Wagner:                                 Wesendonk-lieder Verdi:                                     Requiem A lot of chambermusic (ao: Schönberg, Ravel, Chausson,) and a large collections of lieder from the most of the world. Can sing in 17 languages.            
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Janáček: Jenůfa Kostelnicka Immediately The Orchestra of Scottish Opera 2015
Janáček: The Makropulos Affair Emilia Marty Immediately Janacek international operafestival BRNO 2014
Matti Borg - Summersongs Soloist Immediately Copenhagen Festival Ensemble 2014
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca 1 week 2014
Puccini: Il tabarro Giorgetta Immediately Royal Danish Opera (Det Kongelige Teater) 2013