R. Strauss : SalomeBologna, 2010 (Audio)
Director: Nicola Luisotti
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Since her critically acclaimed operatic debut in 2004 in the role of Turandot at the Malmö Opera, Swedish-American soprano Erika Sunnegardh has been establishing herself not only as one of the most versatile and exciting sopranos on the world stage, but also earning a reputation for her fearless and emotionally nuanced characterizations, and her intelligent and consummate musicianship.
Ms. Sunnegardh has been particularly successful singing music of Strauss, Beethoven and Puccini, performing the roles of Chrysotemis at the Grand Teâtre Genève; Salome with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Communale di Bologna, Welsh National Opera, the Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, the New International Theatre in Tokyo, and with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee; Leonore in Fidelio at Oper Frankfurt, the Metropolitan Opera and the Florentine Opera; Tosca at the Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Nashville Opera; and Turandot with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera, and in Sweden at the Malmö Opera and Norrlandsoperan using the Berio-ending.
Other notable interpretations include Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer with Oper Köln and Atlanta Opera; and Jenufa by Janacek, and Paulina in the world premiere of Jonas Forssell’s Death and the Maiden in Malmö. In Wagner’s Die Walküre, Ms. Sunnegårdh has sung Helmwige (Aix-en-Provence/Salzburg) and Gerhilde (Met Tour/Japan).
In concert she has performed with the Auckland Philharmonic, Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Danish Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Malmö Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, and the percussion ensemble Kroumata; singing repertore incuding the Verdi Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as well as opera in concert and newly commissioned works.
Erika has had the pleasure and privilege of working with Marco Armiliato, Giordano Bellincampi, Semyon Bychkov, Paolo Carignani, Myung Wun Chung, James Conlon, Andreas Delfs, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoff Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Hartmut Haenchen, Lothar Koenigs, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Nicola Luisotti, Alan Gilbert, Gianandrea Noseda, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Stefan Soltesz, Thomas Søndergaard, Mario Venzago and Steven White.
Prior to embarking on an operatic career, Ms Sunnegardh spent a considerable amount of time on both the contemporary and recital repertoire performing songs and chamber music by Argento, Berkeley, Birtwistle, Dallapiccola, Diamond, Harbison, Henze, Messiaen, Bruce Saylor, Howard Fredricks, and also song cycles written for her by Hiromi Abe and Ronald Roseman. In the recital repertoire she is particularly drawn to German, Spanish, Swedish, and American composers, and hopes to be able to continue exploring the more intimate setting of recital hall performance.
During her education she attended the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, The International Institute of Vocal Arts, as well as the undergraduate program at the Manhattan School of Music; all on scholarship.
In 1999 Erika completed her Master of Arts degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College after two profoundly inspiring and healing years there – an experience to which she credits much of her present success.
Ms. Sunnegardh is a recipient of the annual Cultural Award of the American Scandinavian Society, for the promotion of Scandinavian Culture in the United States. In 1999 she founded In time with Music, a community outreach program which benefited hundreds of public school children in Queens, New York.