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<p>Irene Theorin</p> Portraitfoto Irene Theorin (2006)
Portraitfoto Irene Theorin (2000) <p>Iréne Theorin als Isolde. Tristan und Isolde (Inszenierung von Christoph Marthaler, 2005)</p> <b>Irene Theorin als Helmwige</b>. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Inszenierung von Tankred Dorst 2006 – )
<b>Irene Theorin als 3. Norn</b>. Der Ring des Nibelungen (Inszenierung von Tankred Dorst 2006 – )

Iréne Theorin

The Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin was educated in Göteborg and Copenhagen. Her teachers were Susanna Eken, Birgit Nilsson, Ingrid Bjoner and Oren Brown. Numerous grants have enabled the artist to work with Geoffrey Parsons, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Dame Janet Baker.

She gave her stage debut as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, where she sang as a member of the ensemble in the following years in numerous roles, including Giuseppe Verdi's Leonora (La forza del destino), Amelia ( Un Ballo in Maschera), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Desdemona (Otello), Aida, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, Wagner's Elsa (Lohengrin), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer, Sieglinde (Die Walküre) as well as all Brünnhildes (Der Ring des Nibelungen).

In 2005 she sang for the first time with great success one of her signature roles: Turandot in Copenhagen and was heard  in that role since then in Tokyo, Dresden, London, Tel Aviv (with Zubin Mehta), Guangzhou (with Lorin Maazel), San Francisco, New York and Munich. She was Brünnhilde in the complete Ring des Nibelungen in Copenhagen, Cologne, Dresden and Berlin (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Die Walküre), London (Siegfried), New York (Die Walküre, Siegfried), in Washington, Tokyo (Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) and Munich (Die Walküre). She is Brünnhilde in the co-production of the Ring at the Staatsoper Berlin and La Scala in Milan in 2012/13 under the baton of Daniel Barnenboim. Iréne Theorin is also one of the most sought Isoldes of our time, a role she sang in Brussels, Essen, Rotterdam (with Valery Gergiev), Copenhagen, Tokyo and Berlin and with great success at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008 and 2012. In Vienna, she gave her debut as Venus in Tannhäuser, and will return as Isolde.

In 2009 she returned with the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos to Washington, for which she received enthusiastic reviews: "The unrivaled star of the evening however was the superb Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin as the tempestuous prima donna who assumes the love-lorn role of Ariadne. Her singing was highly refined for a dramatic soprano, and her intonation was impeccable. She revealed facets of her artistry that were not called upon in her last season’s appearance in Siegfried as Brünnhilde. She often colored her many long phrases with an exquisite use of piano and pianissimo. She also gave voice to many full-throttled and clarion high notes that were simply glorious. The top B flat she sang at the end of her monologue “Es gibt ein Reich” (There is a land) was absolutely thrilling as it rang in the rafters of the opera house. I cannot image a finer soprano as Ariadne. She has everything vocally that the role demands, and then some."  Concerto Net

2010 she made her debut as Elektra at the Salzburg Festival. A DVD recording of the production was released by Arthouse in 2011. The Copenhagen RING is as an award-winning DVD available at Decca. Iréne Theorin received for her performance of Brünnhilde brilliant reviews. In the beginning of 2012 she made her outstanding debut at the Royal Swedish Opera House Stockholm as Elektra in Elektra.

Further engagements include: Brünnhilde in the Ring under the baton of Daniel Barenboim (Berlin, Milan), Turandot (London), Elektra (Paris and Munich) Venus and Isolde (Vienna) and Brünnhilde in the Ring (Barcelona).

Iréne Theorin has worked with Roberto Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Antonello Allemandi, Daniel Barenboim, Giordano Bellincampi, Daniele Callegari, Tobias Durholm, Christoph Eschenbach,  Dan Ettinger, Adam Fischer,  Heinz Fricke, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Sir Edward Jones, Jiri Kout, Nicola Luisotti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Cornelius Meister, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Kazushi Ono, Seiji Osawa, Esa-Pekka Sarastre, Peter Schneider, Michael Schønwandt, Marcello Viotti, Franz Welser-Möst and Lothar Zagrosek.

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Engagements in Bayreuth

Year Opera Part
2012 Tristan und Isolde Isolde
2011 Tristan und Isolde Isolde
2009 Tristan und Isolde Isolde
2008 Tristan und Isolde Isolde
2006 Götterdämmerung 3. Norn
2006 Die Walküre Helmwige
2004 Die Walküre Helmwige
2003 Die Walküre Helmwige
2002 Die Walküre Helmwige
2001 Die Walküre Ortlinde
2000 Die Walküre Ortlinde

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