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Iréne Theorin


From Sweden, Iréne Theorin is the shooting star among the dramatic sopranos and a regular guest at all major opera houses. After her debut as Brünnhilde in Copenhagen, she toured with this role in Cologne, London, Beijing, Budapest, Berlin, and Dresden. In 2009, she sang her U.S. debut in Die Walküre and Siegfried at the Metropolitan Opera as well as in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in Washington, followed by Tokyo in 2010. In the 2012-2013 season, Theorin was the Brünnhilde in the Barenboim-RING at the Staatsoper Berlin and La Scala in Milan, at the Wagner Festival in Budapest, and will be heard in this role in the RING in Barcelona 2014.

In 2005, she made her debut as Turandot in Copenhagen. Guest performances of Turandot followed in Essen, Tokyo, Tel Aviv (with Zubin Mehta), Guangzhou (with Lorin Maazel), Dresden, and London. In 2011, she went back to Copenhagen in that role and made her debut in San Francisco, in 2012-2013 followed by the New York Metropolitan Opera, Munich State Opera, and in 2014 the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London again. Theorin is also one of the most sought after Isoldes of our time. In 2006, she sang her first Isolde at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Guest performances in Essen, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Tokyo, and Berlin followed. From 2008 to 2012, she was Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival. In 2007 and 2008, she sang Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Tosca, and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) in Copenhagen. Her debut as Santuzza followed in 2012. In Tannhäuser, she was Venus at the Staatsoper Wien and returns back in this role in 2014. In 2010, she gave her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Elektra (Daniele Gatti), a role she already sang in Stockholm in 2012 with great success and which she will sing also in Paris in 2013.

A DVD recording of the Salzburg production has been released by Arthaus in 2011. Furthermore, the Copenhagen RING is an award-winning DVD available at Decca. Iréne Theorin received brilliant reviews for her performance of Brünnhilde.
Iréne Theorin