Magdalena Risberg

Soprano

Biography

A native of Stockholm, Magdalena Risberg made her studies at the Royal Music Academy and subsequently at the Opera Academy in Sweden’s capital city where she studied roles like Sophie/Rosenkavalier, Ann Truelove/The Rake’s progress, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte and Massenet’s Manon. In the final examination she sang Violetta/La Traviata at the Royal Swedish Opera under the baton of Stefan Klingele. In 2012 she performed the role of Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi in Gävle as well as at the Royal Swedish Opera conducted by Brad Cohen. Also recently, she sang the role of Jane in Pride and  Prejudice at Vadstena castle opera (South of Sweden), a new composition by Daniel Nelson based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, as well as the title role in André Grétry’s opera Zemire and Azor, a special production for children and young persons at the Royal Swedish Opera.

Already in her early years she was interested in the classical Lied. She received numerous scholarships, e.g. the Jenny Lind Award which included a concert tour through Sweden and the United States with more than 25 appearances.

In season 2013/14 Magdalena Risberg was engaged at the Royal Swedish Opera for roles like the 1st Flower girl and the 1st Squire in Parsifal, Liù in Turandot and Pamina in The Magic Flute. Season 2014/15 started with Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel at Malmö Opera and include revivals at Stockholm Opera. She gave her debut at Geneva Opera as maidservant in Medea.

From 2016 until 2018 she was part of the Ensemble at the Luzerner Theater were she performed a.o. roles such as Gilda (Rigoletto), Pamina (Zauberflöte) and Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri) and made several debuts such as Manon (Manon), Nannetta (Falstaff) and Amanda (Le Grand Macabre).

Among her future plans in 2018 are the title role in Traviata in Umea (Sweden), Micaela in Stockholm and her debut at the Semperoper in Dresden as Pamina.

Repertoire Opera

  • Composer Work Role
  • Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Héro
  • Bizet Carmen Micaela
  • Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Gretel
  • Janacek Cunning little vixen Vixen
  • Ligeti Le grand Macabre Amanda
  • Massenet Le Cid L'infante
  • Massenet Manon Manon
  • Mozart Zauberflöte Pamina
  • Puccini Gianni Schicchi Lauretta
  • Puccini Turandot Liù
  • Purcell Dido and Aeneas Dido
  • Verdi Rigoletto Gilda
  • Verdi Falstaff Nannetta
  • Verdi Traviata Violetta
  • Wagner Parsifal 1.Blumenmädchen / 1.Knappe
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