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Birgitta Svendén

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: Swedish
Year of Birth: 1952

About Birgitta Svendén:

Birgitta Svendén (née Lundberg, 20 March 1952), is a Swedish operatic mezzo-soprano.

Svendén was born in Porjus and then raised in Vuollerim. She studied at Operahögskolan in Stockholm, and later embarked on an international career in the first place as a Wagner singer, especially at the Bayreuth Festival where she sang several performances between 1983 and 1999, many of those as Erda. She was also a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera in New York between 1988 and 2000. Her artistic base remained at the Royal Swedish Opera where she was contracted from 1981 to 2004.

Birgitta Svendén was appointed hovsångerska in 1995. She is also a full member of the Academy of Music and an honorary doctor at the Lulea University of Technology. From 1 August 2005 to 2009, she was the rector of the Opera School in Stockholm. Since 1 February 2010, she has been General Manager of the Royal Swedish Opera.

The Flying Dutchman (1994), conducted by James Levine with Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus. Cast included James Morris, Deborah Voigt, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Ben Heppner, Paul Groves, and Birgitta Svendén. Audio CD: Sony ASIN: B0000029N4. She also sang Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried in the Met Opera Ring Cycle CDs and DVDs recorded between 1987 and 1991 conducted by Levine with Morris, Behrens, Wlaschiha, Goldberg (Siegfried CD), Jerusalem (Siegfried DVD) and Ludwig.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
2Fliegt heim ihr Raben Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
3Weiche Wotan weiche Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: German

Roles: Erda
4Selig wie die Sonne Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: quintetVoice: S B-Br T T MzLanguage: German

Roles: Eva/Sachs/Walther/David/Magdalena
5Traft ihr das Schiff Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Senta
6Bleib Senta bleib Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Erik/Senta
7Du böses Kind wenn du nicht spinnst Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.02

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S cALanguage: German

Roles: Senta/Mary
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