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 2015 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 2015. Other guestings includes Hamburg Wellgunde Rheingold, Dorabella for Glyndebourne Touring company, Guy Joosten’s production of Cosi fan Tutte which has travelled to Helsinki, Antwerp and Copenhagen, Mélisande at Helsinki Opera, Annio at the Theater an der Wien, Varvara and Luciennein Basel, and Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, directed by Peter Konwitschny, Savonlinna Opera festival and Wiener Festwochen and Berlin Music Festival.


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, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Helmut Rilling, Peter Schreier, 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 and recently Octavian with Claus Guth.


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. 2017 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. 2018 she 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 2021/2022 includes among other things concert with Thomas Adés at the piano and musicians from The Finnisch Radio Symphony orchestra. Autumn 2022 she will also sing the role of "the waitress" in Kaja Saariahos new opera Innocence at the Helsinki Opera and later at Covent Garden. She will also make her debut as Brangäne under Susanna Mälkki.

Jenny Carlstedt

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