Mezzo-soprano

Elisabeth Jansson

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Ole Justesen
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BIOGRAPHY

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

She has a warm, rich voice and good presence on stage.

Recent engagements and future highlights include:

  • Komponistin/Ariadne auf Naxos at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg;
  • Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Copenhagen Phil and Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, 
  • Gala Concert with Karel Mark Chichon and Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria.
  • The artist has performed Kaito/Fervaal at Festival Radio France Occitaine Montpellier as well as 2. Secretary/Nixon in China, Orlofsky/Fledermaus.
  • Elisabeth Jansson is also a Copenhagen Royal Opera ensemble member where she will perform various roles such as: CarmenDer Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos and New OfGlen/The Handmaid’s Tale.

Career Highlights from Previous Seasons

Past engagements in recent years include Recital with Copenhagen Opera Festival at Børsen, Beethoven 9 with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Blumenmädchen and Knappe in Parsifal with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Philharmonie in Berlin.

In 2017 she performed in Stefan Herheim’s highly praised production of Les contes d’Hoffman at the Royal Opera Copenhagen, singing Nicklausse, La Muse and La Voix de la tombe. Also in 2017 she sang a hugely successful Marchesa del Poggio in Verdi’s early opera Un giorno di regno at the Opernfestspiele in Heidenheim.

Engagements during 2016 include performances of Octavian/Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro alla Scala in Milano under Maestro Zubin Mehta, after which she was invited to sing Mozart’s Requiem under Maestro Adam Fischer, again at La Scala. She also made her debut at the Landestheater/Felsenreitschule in Salzburg where she sang Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel.

In 2005 Elisabeth Jansson became a member of the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, where she regularly appears in major Mezzo roles such as the titular role in Bizet’s Carmen, Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims, Miranda in The Tempest and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro.

Elisabeth Jansson’s career has taken her across Europe as well as Japan and Taiwan, giving recitals, concerts, oratorios and performing on opera stages. She sang in venues like Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Philharmonie Köln, Staatsoper Dresden and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

Awards

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

In 2016 she was knighted by the Danish Queen for her contribution to Danish cultural life.

In the Spring of 2017 she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for her achievements on the international opera stage.

REPERTOIRE

REPERTOIRE

Opera
Ades, T. The Tempest Miranda
Bellini, V. I Capuleti e i Montecchi Romeo
Bizet, G. Carmen Carmen
Britten, B. A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hermia
The Rape of Lucretia Lucretia
Debussy, C. Pelleas et Melisande Melisande
Holten, B. Livlægens besøg Caroline Mathilde
Humperdinck, E. Hänsel und Gretel Hänsel
Massenet, J. Werther Charlotte
Monteverdi, C. L’Orfeo La messaggera
Mozart, W.A. La clemenza di Tito Annio
Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino
Nielsen, C. Maskerade Pernille
Purcell, H. Dido and Aeneas Dido
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Prince Orlofsky
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos The composer
Der Rosenkavalier Octavian
Stravinsky, I. The Rake’s Progress Baba the Turk
Verdi, G. Falstaff Meg Page
Rigoletto Maddalena
Wagner, R. Die Walküre Roßweiße
Parsifal Blumenmädchen
Concert
Bach, J.S. Johannes-Passion
Matthäus-Passion
Oster-Oratorium
Beethoven, L.v. Missa Solemnis
Symphony no. 9
Brahms, J. Alt-Rhapsodie
Gestillte Sehnsucht
Bruckner, A. F minor Mass
Elgar, E. The Music Makers
Hamerik, A. Requiem
Händel, G.F. Jephtha (Storge)
Messiah
Mahler, G. Kindertotenlieder
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony No. 8 (first alto)
Mendelssohn, F. Elias
Mozart, W.A. Requiem
Pergolesi, G.B. Stabat Mater
Rossini, G. Petite messe solennelle
Verdi, G. Messa da Requiem
Wagner, R. Wesendonck Lieder

AUDIO & VIDEO

Elisabeth Jansson – Der Rosenkavalier by R.Strauss – Wie du Warst, role Octavian

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.”
– Lennart Bromander, Tidskriften Opera, 1/10

Madame Butterfly, The Royal Theater, Copenhagen

“Elisabeth Jansson är en påfallande bra Suzuki.”
– Lennart Bromander, Tidsskriften Opera, 1/11

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