Maria Forsström

Biography

Swedish mezzo-soprano Maria Forsström is at home in music from the Venetian baroque to the Berlin cabaret, but has made her name interpreting repertoire from the Viennese masters Mozart and Mahler. Her voice draws consistently evocative adjectives from critics, some of whom have compared her to illustrious Nordic forbears Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson. Maria’s interest in comparative style and original musical sources brings both sincerity and authenticity to her performances.

Maria enjoys a close relationship with the conductor Teodor Currentzis. She made her professional operatic debut with the conductor’s MusicAeterna ensemble, taking the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She also participated in Currentzis’s acclaimed recording of Le nozze di Figaro on Sony Classical, singing Marcellina, and has appeared as a soloist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the conductor.

Maria’s smooth, creamy tone has made her much sought after in Mahler’s orchestral song repertoire and similar works by Brahms, Berg, Britten, Wagner and Zemlinsky. She is equipped with a notable coloratura technique and her operatic repertoire includes the title role in Carmen, Isabella in Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers and Maffio Orsini in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Other repertoire roles include Birgitta in Die tote Stadt, the sorceress in Dido & Aeneas, the title role in Giulio Cesare, Amneris in Aida and Erda and Flosshilde in Das Rheingold. Her lieder and oratorio repertoire incorporates works by Sibelius, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Stenhammar, Elgar, Haydn, Dvorak, Duruflé, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and many more.

Maria has worked at the Malmö Opera and with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared with the State Opera and Ballet of Perm, Russia, with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan and the Dala Sinfonietta in Sweden. She has made an acclaimed recording of Mahler songs for the Musica Rediviva label. She signed to Nordic Artists Management in 2018.

Calendar
Repertoire
OPERA

Richard Wagner

DAS RHEINGOLD/Flosshilde
DAS RHEINGOLD UND SIEGFRIED/ Erda

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

IDOMENEO/Idamante
COSI FAN TUTTE/Dorabella

Henry Purcell

DIDO AND AENEAS/Dido

Giuseppe Verdi

AIDA /Amneris

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

DIE TOTE STADT /Brigitta

Gaetano Donizetti

LUCREZIA BORGIA/ Maffio Orsini
CONCERT /LIEDER

Gustav Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Rückert-Lieder
Kindertoten-Lieder
Review
Mendelssohn Elijah
Göteborgs-Posten
Fri, 2018-11-09
Soloists; Caroline Hampson, Maria Forsström, James Gilchrist, Peter Mattei, Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki ... Even without sets and costumes everything is very much alive and moving. One of second part's highlights is when Elijah almost has given up hope and wants to die, and is comforted by an angel wonderfully portrayed by Maria Forsström (when she is not excel as the Queen)." Carl Magnus Juliusson
Press Service

Photo: Jenny Blad

Photo: Jenny Blad

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