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Eva Johansson

Eva Johansson

(Born 25th February 1958)

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Eva Johansson is a Danish dramatic soprano.

She studied with the Copenhagen Opera Academy in addition to taking private tuition.

Her debut with the Danish Royal Theater was in 1982 when she sang the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

She then went on to sing Elektra, Salome and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

In 1988 in response to an invitation from Götz Friedrich to sing at the Deutsche Oper Berlin she has had a long association with them ever since.

She has sung at the Bayreuth Festival playing Elsa in Lohengrin and Freia in Das Rheingold and Sieglinde in Die Walküre.

Her debut with the Metropolitan Opera came in 1998 when she played Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

As a dramatic soprano Eva Johansson has concentrated on the operas of Wagner and Strauss- notably playing Senta in The Flying Dutchman, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, Brünhilde in both Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung, the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten and the title roles of Elektra, Salome and Ariadne auf Naxos.

Singing all over the world and appearing with many of the world's leading conductors she has appeared in Israel, Spain, France, Austria, England, and Japan.

Some of the many conductors she has worked with include Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Valery Gergiyev, Simon Rattle and Christoph von Dohnanyi.

In 2001 she was honoured with the title of Berlin Kammersängerin. Her husband is a viola player with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

There is a DVD of an Elektra of hers in which she vocally gives a great account of the role- however, it is a pity that the production is one of those God awful modernised versions which is only wonderful if you are on drugs- and if you are not, you will probably wish you were by the time she drops dead.

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