(Born May 11, 1963 in Stockholm)
Swedish Nina Stemme is a soprano renowned for her warm, spinto voice, which has many of the qualities of a dramatic soprano.
She debuted as Cherubino in Cortona, Italy, in 1989 and two minor roles at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm followed.
Two internationally prestigious singing competitions followed (Plácido Domingo Competition) and (Cardiff Singer of the World) gave her added international recognition.
She appeared with Placido Domingo at his request singing in a concert at the Bastille in Paris in (1993). The concert was repeated a year later in Munich.
Since then her operatic career has taken off and she has appeared with many of the greatest opera companies in the world including the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm, the Vienna State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Geneva, Zürich, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, and San Francisco Opera, as well as at the Bayreuth, Salzburg, Savonlinna, Glyndebourne and Bregenz festivals.
Her roles include Rosalinde, Mimi in La Bohème, Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica, Euridice, Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Marguerite, Agathe, Marie, Nyssia (König Kandaules), Jenůfa, Marschallin, Eva, Elisabeth, Elsa, Senta, Sieglinde, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Isolde.
Isolde has brought her great critical acclaim at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2003, and on disc for EMI Classics with Plácido Domingo.
She has since sung it at Bayreuth and has returned to sing it again at Glyndebourne.
She has recorded Strauss's Four Last Songs and a selection of famous scenes.
In 2008 she replaced Deborah Voigt at the Vienna State Opera singing Brunnhilde in Siegfried to much acclaim- she also sang Brünnhilde in the 2010 season opening at La Scala and in San Francisco Opera's 2011 Ring cycle.
Her future roles included Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos, Leonore (La Forza del Destino)
Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), Sieglinde in the new Ring cycle at Vienna State Opera and in San Francisco, Salome, the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Katerina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Kundry (Parsifal) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Aside from a busy schedule on the opera stages of the world, Nina Stemme continues to give recitals and appear on the concert platforms.