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The Finnish-Swedish mezzo-soprano, Jenny Carlstedt, was born in the Åland Islands. She studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Between 2002 and 2016 she was a member of ensemble at Oper Frankfurt where she build a strong repertoire with many important roles in the lyric and high mezzo repertoire including, Octavian, Komponist Nicholas/Muse, Sesto, Idamante, Lazuli (L'etoile), Varvara, Cherubino, Dorabella, Don Ramiro, Erika, Siebel, Wellgunde. Since autumn 2016 she is again working as a freelance singer.

 

Jenny has sung guest contracts all across Europe and she also made her highly acclaimed U.S debut in 2016 as Mélisande in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen. Furthermore she sang Idamante at the opening concert of Stuttgart International Bach Academy Festival in autumn. Other guestings includes Hamburg Wellgunde Rheingold 2018,  Annio at the Theater an der Wien, Varvara and Luciennein Basel, and Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Savonlinna Opera festival and Wiener Festwochen and Berlin Music Festival. She is also a regal guest at Helsinki National Opera where she sung parts as Melisande, Komponist, Nicklausse, Suzuki, Dorabella, and world premier of Jaakko Kuusistos opera Jää 2019.

 

Jenny is also much in demand as a concert singer and has sung the major alto oratorio and orchestra repertoire through Europe. She sang under conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Matthias Pintscher, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Susanna Mälkki, James Gaffigan,  

Pier Giorgio Morandi, Bertrand de Billy, Patrick Fournillier, Okko Kamu, Christian Curnyn, Jonathan Darlington, Erik Nielsen, Julia Jones, Paolo Carignani, Carlo Franci, Patrick Lange, Sebastian Weigle,  Hannu Lintu. She has performed in Productions with directors as e.g.Christoph Loy, Christof Nel, Keith Warner, David Alden, Johannes Erath, Vera Nemirova, Anselm Weber, Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Konwitschny, Hans Neuenfels, Katharina Thoma, Simon Stone.

 

Furthermore Jenny Carlstedt has been highly acclaimed in several Contemporary Music production including Harper Pitt in Peter Eötwös’ (Angels in America) and Miranda in Thomas Adés "The Tempest". 2014 she also sang two world premiers, a piece for Mezzo soprano and piano by Nina Sênk and the piece "5 Portraits of Women" for mezzo and French horn with Finnish RSO by Aulis Sallinen. She also starred in the World premier of Tapio Tuomelas opera "where four Roads meet" and the worldpremier opera "Ice" at the Finnish National opera 2019. She also toured with Luigi Nonos "Il Canto Sospeso" with SWR Orchestra under Peter Rundel in Freiburg and Berlin Festspiele, Concert with HR-Orchestra in Frankfurt,

 

Season 2022/2023 includes among other things concert with Thomas Adés at the piano and musicians from The Finnisch Radio Symphony orchestra. Spring 2022 she sang a Lied concert in Stockholm Concerthall. Autumn 2022 she will also sing the role of    

"the Waitress" in Kaja Saariahos new opera Innocence at the Helsinki Opera and later in spring 2023 make her debut at Covent Garden with the same part. She will also make her debut as Brangäne in Concert under Susanna Mälkki and Helsinki Philharmonic.

Jenny Carlstedt

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