Swedish soprano Nina Stemme made her Royal Opera debut in 2005 as Amelia (Un ballo in maschera). She has since sung Isolde (Tristan und Isolde), for which she won an Olivier Award, and Leonore (Fidelio) for The Royal Opera, and returns in the 2014/15 Season to sing Isolde.
Stemme was born in Stockholm and trained first as a mezzo-soprano, making her professional debut as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). She later retrained as a soprano and in 1993 won Operalia and was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She now sings for the world's leading opera houses. Her engagements include Isolde for Zürich Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Glyndebourne and Bayreuth festivals, Sieglinde (Die Walküre) and Brünnhilde (Siegfried) for Vienna State Opera, Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) at La Scala, Milan, Brünnhilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen) in San Francisco and at the BBC Proms, Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) for Paris Opéra, Arabella in Gothenburg, Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Geneva, Salome at the Liceu, Barcelona, and the BBC Proms, Minnie (La fanciulla del West), Turandot and Salome in Stockholm and Minnie for Paris Opéra and Vienna State Opera.
Stemme's many recordings include CDs of Tristan und Isolde for EMI with Plácido Domingo, The Greek Passion, Der König Kandaules, Der fliegende Holländer, Strauss scenes and his Vier letzte Lieder, and DVDs of Tristan und Isolde, Der Rosenkavalier, Aida and Jenůfa. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and a Kammersängerin of Vienna State Opera.
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Nina Stemme as Isolde in Christof Loy's Tristan und Isolde. ©ROH/Bill Cooper 2009-2010
Nina Stemme as Isolde and Ben Heppner as Tristan in Christof Loy's Tristan und Isolde. ©ROH/Bill Cooper 2009-2010
Ben Heppner as Tristan, Nina Stemme as Isolde, Sophie Koch as Brangäne and Sir John Tomlinson as King Marke in Tristan and Isolde © Bill Cooper / ROH 2009
Nina Stemme as Isolde and John Tomlinson as King Marke in Tristan and Isolde © Bill Cooper / ROH 2009
Nina Stemme as Isolde and Ben Heppner as Tristan in Tristan and Isolde © Bill Cooper / ROH 2009
Sophie Koch as Brangäne and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan and Isolde © Bill Cooper / ROH 2009
Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan and Isolde © Bill Cooper / ROH 2009
Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2009