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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) 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.

News and features

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

Operalia 2012 winners announced

Operalia 2012 winners announced

11 June 2012

Competition founded by Plácido Domingo has history of unearthing stars of tomorrow.

Photos

Stephen Gould as Tristan and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

Sarah Connolly as Brangäne and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

Stephen Gould as Tristan and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

Nina Stemme as Isolde, Sarah Connolly as Brangane and Stephen Gould as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde © ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda, 2014

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

Iain Paterson as Kurwenal and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

Nina Stemme as Isolde, Iain Paterson as Kurwenal, Sarah Connolly as Brangäne © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda, 2014

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

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH/ Bill Cooper

Nina Stemme and Ben Heppner in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2009

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

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 in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2009

Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde © ROH.Clive Barda, 2014

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

Nina Stemme