lyric mezzo soprano
Mezzo-soprano Solgerd Isalv was born in Råneå, Sweden. After an early training as a violinist and violist she went on to study solo voice at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Göteborg with Marianne Schell and Prof. Eva Nässén, finishing with a Master’s Degree in Music Performance.
Solgerd Isalv has received numerous grants during her studies and early career, including the prestigious Swedish Wagner Scholarship, as well as scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. She has taken part in master classes with teachers such as Helena Döse, Håkan Hagenård, Matti Hirvonen, Marianne Häggander, Anna Larsson, Neil Mackie, Thomas Quasthoff and Birgitta Svendén, and in 2013 she was one of few young singers accepted into the Wagner Academy in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where she studied with Dunja Vejzovic. Solgerd Isalv currently studies with Sami Kustaloglu.
As a freelancer, Solgerd Isalv signed her first professional contracts with Skånska Opera and Göteborg Opera. Soon after, she made her successful debut in Germany performing the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at the Kammeroper Schloß Rheinsberg. This led to her first German guest engagement with the Theater in Gera/Altenburg. She also sang Lucretia at the Miskolci Nemzetközi Operafesztivál in Hungry.
Praised by critics for her stage presence and acting ability, Solgerd Isalv portrayed a temperamental Carmen in the well-received, flamenco inspired production at Opernwerkstatt am Rhein, did push-ups as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Skånska Opera), sunbathed in the middle of the Finnish winter as Olga in Eugen Onegin (Vaasan Ooppera), and has donned Prince Orlofsky’s tailcoat in many different productions of Die Fledermaus (most recently at the Opera Festival in the Monastery of Chorin).
Her flexible voice and grasp of a broad range of music allow Solgerd Isalv to move effortlessly between baroque, romantic and contemporary repertoire. She has sung many world premieres, such as Stephan Peiffer’s opera Die Verwandlung (2011) and Ola Salo’s rock opera KULT with the Swedish Radio Theatre (2013).
Between 2014 and 2016 Solgerd Isalv was a young artist at the International Opera Studio in Nuremberg, and garnered first successes at the Staatstheater Nürnberg as Flora in La Traviata, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Second Norn and Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung, Mercédès in Carmen as well as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. She also scored a huge success in the title role of the world premiere of Pinocchio, a children’s pastiche opera with music by Giacchino Rossini.
For 2016-17 she joined the ensemble of the Staatstheater Nürnberg where she was heard as Giovanna in Rigoletto, the Innkeeper in Boris Godunov, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel as well as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung. She also made her debut with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Paulus that season. In 2017-18 she makes her debut as Siébel in Faust with NorrlandsOpera, return to Göteborg Opera as Feodor in Boris Godunov and to the Staatstheater Nürnberg as Charlotte in Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, and in the summer she will sing Néris in Cherubini’s Medea with Oper Starnberg.