Elisabeth Jansson

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

The Swedish mezzo-soprano, Elisabeth Jansson, born 1976, studied at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Opera Academy, Copenhagen.

Future engagements include Mezzo Soloist/Messias with Stavanger Symfoniorkester in December 2017, Octavian/Der Rosenkavalier with Maestro Zubin Mehta and The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, Mozart's Requiem with Maestro Zubin Mehta and La Scala di Milano in Febuary 2017, Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel at Landestheater Salzburg, Mozart Requiem in La Scala di Milano with Adam Fischer, Blumenmädchen/Parsifal with Sir Simon Rattle in Berliner Philharmoniker and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Il Viaggio a Reims, Niclausse/Hoffmann in Copenhagen, Beethoven's Symphony 9 at Danmarks Radiosymfoniorkester, a Mahler Orchester Lieder concert in Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Michael Schönwandt.

Recent engagements have been covering Sophie Koch as Octavian in Rosenkavalier at La Scala di Milano with conductor Zubin Mehta in May/June 2016, Matthäus Passion Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, Mahler’s 8th with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th at Norrlandsoperan, Sweden, Pernille/Maskerade in Concertgebouw Amsterdam in December 2015, Maddalena/Rigoletto at Norrlandsoperan, Gymnasiast, Ein Gruum and Ein Theater-Garderobier/Lulu, Suzuki/Madama Butterfly and Gertrud/Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Verdi’s Requiem with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Marguerite/La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz with Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Johannes-Passion with Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Lulu at Semper Oper Dresden, concert performances of Dido and Aeneas with Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Carmen at St. Margarethen Festival, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with Copenhagen Phil and Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.

From 2007 to 2009 her soloist ensemble position at The Royal Opera, Copenhagen, took most of her time with roles such as Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Orlofsky/Fledermaus, Melisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Cherubino/Le Nozze di Figaro, Octavian/Rosenkavalier, title role of Carmen and the demanding role of Caroline Mathilde in Bo Holten’s opera Livlægens Besøg (The Visit of the Physician).

Previous opera engagements include Cherubino/Le Nozze di Figaro, Orlofsky/Die Fledermaus, Rossweisse/Die Walküre, and Miranda in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest all at the Royal Danish Opera.

Elisabeth Jansson is a much sought after concert singer and she has a.o. appeared in Brahms’ Gestillte Sehnsucht and Geistliches Wiegenlied in Munich; Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with RIAS-Kammerchor, Berlin; Bach’s Cantata BWV 78 - Jesu, der du meine Seele at the London Bach Festival; Handel’s Messiah with the Essex Symphony Orchestra and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Budapest; Bach’s Johannes-Passion at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, and Kölner Philharmonie with the conductor Andreas Spering; a concert tour in Europe with Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Barockorchester Stuttgart, and recording as well as concerts of Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Cantata BWV 146. She also sang Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Andreas Spering, and concerts of César Franck’s Les Béatitudes in Bergen, Norway.

In the Mozart year 2006 Elisabeth Jansson sang Mozart’s Requiem across Europe; in Cologne, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart with the conductor Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, in Copenhagen with the Danish Radio Orchestra and the conductor Thomas Dausgaard, with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Paul McCreesh, as well as with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

She has received numerous awards such as Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, Isabel Jay Operatic Prize, Joel Berglund Scholarship, and Michael Head prize for singing.

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Reviews

Carmen, The Royal Theater, Copenhagen

"...men vid andra föreställingen som jeg besökte gjorde i stället Elisabeth Jansson sin debut i denna rollernas roll för en mezzo. Och det var en mycket strong rolldebut. Inte minst för att Elisabeth Jansson förmår vara naturligt sensuell och inte försöker spela sensuell. Därför kan hon tona ner uttrycket både i säng och sceniskt agerande och nå effekt utan effekt. Bara det kändes skönt att höra och se. Och hon hade klokt tänkt igenom och utarbetat varje liten fras."

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