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Thomas Adés Festival Helsinki Music Center October 2021,

 

"The first half featured a splendid selection of songs by Henry Purcell and Igor Stravinsky, sung by the marvellous mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlstedt,

-The vocal lines were conveyed with reflective beauty by Carlstedt, with her readings endorsed by Adès’s ever-sensitive keyboard accompaniment. A blissful oasis of gorgeously set texts, Four Songs yielded to musical enchantment at the highest level.-

 

Ever evocative and skillfully detailed, the vocal lines and the instrumental accompaniment are awash with sensitivity and imagination, virtues wholeheartedly cherished by Carlstedt and the FRSO musicians,- under Adès’s nuanced direction.-

 

A sublime performance, abundant with nuanced colour, Three Songs from William Shakespeare brought together the contemplative and the picturesque in the most admirable manner. -

 

Conceived with dark-hued dignity, the Elegy is a deeply moving affair, especially when performed with such detail and commitment as Carlstedt and the FRSO clarinetists with Adès.-

 

Closing the first half, Carlstedt and Thomas Adès gave an absolutely enchanting account of Stravinsky’s very last musical composition, the playful masterstroke The Owl and the Pussy-cat (1966).- Beautifully served by witty performance, Stravinsky’s joyfully surreal setting was pure aural delight."

 

Sunday 24 October 2021, 3 pm

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Pergolesi Stabat Mater 31.3.2021 Vasa City Orchestra

 

"These ideas were masterfully sung by Jenny Carlstedt,- by the Åland Island mezzo-soprano. A profound calm interpretation supported the music. She mirrored the sweet and profound content with all her soul."  Katarina Korkman Ilkka Pohjalainen

Worldpremier Opera "Lisbeta" by Karólina Eiriksdóttir summer 2021

"The mezzo-soprano "Jenny Carlstedt" is fantastic in the role of Karin, one of the women accused of witchcraft, in the world premiere of the opera "Lisbeta". It is as if the audience in Alandica is sucked into her force field and despite all the anguish and powerlessness she radiates, they don't want this moment, when she is at the center of the action, to ever end ".    Ålandstidningen Stage performance of the year 2021 Photo: Tiina Tahvalainen