Kristine Nowlain, soprano

Biography

The “electric” Swedish-American soprano Kristine Nowlain is committed to finding a deep connection to her artistry through constantly seeking relevance, nuance and complexity in her interpretation, choice of repertoire and collaborations.

Kristine was born and raised in San Francisco, California in a Swedish-American family. She has studied voice in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Stockholm and Malmö. In 2012 she graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a B.A. in Music and minors in Sociology and Latin American Studies. She completed her Bachelors in June, 2018 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In June, 2020 she completed her Masters from Malmö Opera Academy/Malmö Academy of Music.

Her current engagements include singing in the world premier of Drømmedøden with Nordic Opera in Denmark and Sweden. She will sing High Priestess in Verdi’s Aida at Opera Hedeland this summer as well as two children’s operas at Malmö Operaverkstad this autumn and winter.

In the autum of 2021, she sang Olga in Die lustige Witwe and was the cover for Hanna Glawari and Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe). She performed 9 shows as Hanna and 4 as Valencienne. In the fall of 2020, she debuted as Despina in Così fan tutte on tour with Malmö Opera, directed by Jonas Österberg Nilsson. In February 2020 she debuted as Cupido in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers at Malmö Opera, directed by Elisabeth Linton and conducted by Tobias Ringborg. During the 2019/20 season at Malmö Opera Kristine covered Tytania (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and in 2018 she covered Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story. Some of her favorite performed roles (in part and/or complete) are Calisto (Cavalli’s La Calisto), Zerlina (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), Despina (Mozart’s Così fan tutte), Laetitia (Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief) and Susanna (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro).

In concert, Kristine has worked with conductors such as Fredrik Malmberg, Patrik Ringborg, Tobias Ringborg, Jakob Hultberg, Florian Benfer, Cecilia Martin-Löf, Maike Bühle and Sofia Winiarski, as well as been the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elias at Berliner Philharmonie, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Johannespassion and Weihnachtsoratorium as well as Respighi’s Il Tramonto, among other works. In 2019 she sang with Malmö Opera Orchestra at Malmö Festivalen and was featured as the soloist at Gävle Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert, 2019. She was selected to participate in the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in Helsinki, 2019 as well as the 2022 Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition.

Kristine has also found her artistic voice in lieder, chamber music, music composed by women and through a wide variety of projects, including a collaboration with composer Andrea Tarrodi and director/librettist Helena Röhr to commission a new opera.

She has received scholarships from Fredrika Bremer Förbundet, Familjen John Anderssons i Anderslöv Stiftelse, Anders Sandrews Stiftelse, Stiftelsen Petersenska Hemmet, Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse, Torsten Tegstams Scholarship, Royal College of Music Scholarship, Royal Swedish Academy of Music Scholarship and more.

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera roles

Samuel Barber

A HAND OF A BRIDGE/ Geraldine

Leonard Bernstein

WEST SIDE STORY/ Maria

Benjamin Britten

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM/Titania

Francesco Cavalli

LA CALISTO/ Calisto

Gaetano Donizetti

L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Adina

Franz Léhar

DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/Hanna Glawari
DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/ Olga
DIE LUSTIGE WITWE/ Valencienne

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COSI VAN TUTTE/Despina
DON GIOVANNI/Zerlina
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/1. Dame
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Pamina

Jacques Offenbach

ORPHEE AUX ENFERS/Cupido

Lars Johan Werle

VÄNTARNA/ Trasdockan
Concert repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach

St. John Passion BWV 245
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Weihnachtsoratorium

Cécile Chaminade

Messe pour deux voix égales

Antonin Dvorak

Mass in D-major Op. 86

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56

Niccolo Jommelli

Requiem

Felix Mendelssohn

Elias

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem KV 626

Ottorino Respighi

Il Tramonto

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Cello Ensemble

Judith Weir

Natural History
Woman.life.song
Review
The Arts Desk
Swedish-American soprano Kristine Nowlain commanded immediate attention with a fully-lived and finely-phrased ‘Deh vieni, non tardar’ from The Marriage of Figaro, but simply stunned us in the drama of Rebecca Clarke’s The Seal Man. - David Nice
COSÌ FAN TUTTI, Malmö Opera, 2020
Sydsvenskan
Kristine Nowlain’s articulation is as clear as her bright green tracksuit and her body language says more than all of the feminist logos on her t-shirts. - Matti Edén
COSÌ FAN TUTTI, Malmö Opera, 2020
Kristianstadbladet
Kristine Nowlain is fantastic when she encourages women’s liberation, rejecting men’s stares and demands [in a] wonderful scene [with a] feminist t-shirt race. - Sune Johannesson
Malmö Operas 75th Anniversary Tour with Rickard Söderberg, 2019
Barometern
Among the highlights were Kristine's beautiful rendition of the well-known Vilja-lied from Die Lustige Witwe. - Tina Jeppsson
Press Service

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