Biography

Swedish mezzo-soprano Christine Sjolander is a dynamic and expressive young artist.   Of her recent performance of Dido in Dido and Aeneas with John Lubbock and The Orchestra of St John’s, The Oxford Times wrote "Sjolander's beautifully suspended account of Dido’s Lament kept me firmly anchored in another world”.

Christine has performed with opera companies across the UK and recent roles include: Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) Woodhouse Opera, Rosina and Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) Swansea City Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Derek Clark of Scottish Opera, Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) London Festival Opera, Dido (Dido and Aeneas) Orchestra of St John’s, and in Scottish Opera’s productions Rake’s Progress, Tosca, Der Fliegende Holländer, Don Giovanni, Pirates of Penzance and The Magic Flute

Equally at home with oratorio and concert repertoire, Christine has performed in venues such as Linbury Studio, Malvern Concert Club, The Asmolean Museum, Kings Place, Oxford Town Hall, Dorchester Abbey, Worcester Cathedral, Nottingham Albert Hall, Brecon Theatre, West Green House, Boarstall Tower, Sheldonian Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Civic Hall, and with John Lubbock and The Orchestra of St John’s, Music CoOperative Scotland (McOpera), Midlands Festival Orchestra and The Orchestra of the Swan. Recent concert repertoire include Kindertotenlieder, Il Tramonto, Sibelius 5 Christmas Songs and Vivaldi Nisi Dominus.

Christine studied Musicology at Uppsala University and singing at Kapellsbergs Musikskola.  Christine continued her training at Birmingham Conservatoire where she won the Mario Lanza Musical Society Competition. Christine continues her studies with Christine Cairns and Patricia MacMahon. 

Christine is a Malcolm Martineau Crear Scholar 2013.

 

Future engagements include performances of Falstaff (Mrs Meg Page) with players from Scottish Opera, galas with London Festival Opera and Opera on a Shoestring, as well as oratorios and recitals in UK and Sweden.

"Christine Sjölander, mezzo-soprano, and Malcolm Forbes-Peckham, piano ..... gave a superb performance of Scandinavian songs."

Malvern Concert Club

"Christine Sjolander gave a stunning performance of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder last weekend at the OSJ Ashmolean Proms."

Orchestra of St John's