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Nina Stemme

Soprano

Biography

Nina Stemme in action.
Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2009

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). She returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Brünnhilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen).

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) for La Scala, Milan, Brünnhilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen) in San Francisco, for Vienna State Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Bavarian State Opera and at the BBC Proms, Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) for Paris Opéra, Elektra for Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Royal Swedish Opera, 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, Minnie for Paris Opéra and Vienna State Opera and Katerina (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) for Salzburg Festival.

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 Jenufa. She performed at the 2017 Last Night of the BBC Proms. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and a Kammersängerin of Vienna State Opera. She is the 2018 recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Prize.

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News and features

What’s On Stage Opera Poll 2016 nominations announced

7 December 2015
What’s On Stage Opera Poll 2016 nominations announced

Nominees include Nina Stemme, Nicole Car, Mariusz Kwiecień and Kasper Holten’s production of Król Roger.

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

10 June 2015
The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

The online publication announces winners of six different categories of opera each week, voted for by its readers

Die Frau ohne Schatten and The Opera Machine shortlisted for RPS Music Award

1 April 2015
Die Frau ohne Schatten and The Opera Machine shortlisted for RPS Music Award

Claus Guth’s production of Strauss’s exotic fairytale and the extraordinary multi-camera view of Die Walküre nominated for awards.

Photos

Stefan Vinke as Siegfried and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde and Stefan Vinke as Siegfried in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Sophie Koch as Brangäne and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan and Isolde

Ben Heppner as Tristan, Nina Stemme as Isolde, Sophie Koch as Brangäne and Sir John Tomlinson as King Marke in Tristan and Isolde

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Christof Loy's Tristan und Isolde.

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

The Valkyries and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

The Valkyries and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Iain Paterson as Kurwenal and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Stephen Gould as Tristan and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Sarah Connolly as Brangäne and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Stephen Gould as Tristan and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Nina Stemme as Isolde, Iain Paterson as Kurwenal, Sarah Connolly as Brangäne

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Isolde and Ben Heppner as Tristan in Tristan and Isolde

Nina Stemme as Isolde and Ben Heppner as Tristan in Christof Loy's Tristan und Isolde.

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Isolde, Sarah Connolly as Brangane and Stephen Gould as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde