In the 2013/14 Season Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin sings the title role in Turandot for The Royal Opera, a role she last sang for the Company in 2008. She made her Royal Opera debut in 2005 as Hemlwige (Die Walküre), creating the role in Keith Warner's new production. She returned in 2007 to sing Helmwige in the full Ring cycle and sang Brünnhilde for one performance of Siegfried, stepping in for an indisposed Lisa Gasteen.
Theorin was born in Småland and studied at the University of Gothenburg and the Royal Danish Opera Academy in Copenhagen. She is a permanent guest artist of the Royal Danish Opera, where her roles have included Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Leonora (La forza del destino), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Elizabeth (Don Carlo), Desdemona (Otello), Aida, Tosca, Elsa (Lohengrin), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), Sieglinde (Die Walküre) and Turandot. Theorin created the role of Brünnhilde in Kasper Holten's production of Der Ring des Nibelungen for Royal Danish Opera.
Theorin has sung Turandot around the world, including for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and in San Francisco, Tokyo and Munich. Other engagements include Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) at the Bayreuth Festival and Liceu, Barcelona, Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Washington, Venus (Tannhäuser) for Vienna State Opera, Santuzza (Calleria rusticana) in St Petersburg, Elektra in Stockholm and at the Salzburg Festival and Brünnhilde in Washington and for Berlin State Opera and La Scala, Milan.