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Ylva Kihlberg  

soprano

The soprano Ylva Kihlberg was born and trained in Stockholm, where she was employed by the Royal Swedish Opera in 1997-98. Besides her opera training she also has a versatile background as an economist, a ballet dancer and a rock singer. Since 2000 she has been employed by the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, where she made her debut as Mimi in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. “She touches something deep, because she is so artless, so straightforward and apparently sincere”, wrote the reviewer on Berlingske Tidende on that occasion, but since then it is with weightier, more dramatically charged soprano roles that she has won her status as one of the most exciting young singers of recent years in Denmark. At the Royal Danish Theatre she has sung roles like Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, Lena in Bent Sørensen’s Under the Sky, Liza in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, as well as a Rhine-maiden and a Valkyrie in Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung. In the upcoming season she will also be singing Gutrune in the last part of the Ring, Götterdämmerung. Outside the Royal Theatre she has appeared in Denmark in among other works Heise’s King and Marshal and Verdi’s Falstaff at the Danish National Opera in Århus.

Live Dates

19/08/2011   Selma on the blog
When Poul Ruders' opera "Selma Jezková" conquered New York's Lincoln Center in July, the tragic plot made a strong impression on the American audience.
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03/01/2012   Opera

Poul Ruders: Selma Jekozà
"...an outstanding record of a quite extraordinary work. I can't recommend it too highly"
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01/10/2011   Klassisk

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
4/5 Stars

"Det cirkulære handlingsforløb og den enkle scenografi virker stærkt og klart på skærmen"
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30/06/2011   International Record Review

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"The whole production is a triumph of dramatic focus and concentration ... If a UK staging of Selma Jezková is not already scheduled, it certainly ought to be."
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01/06/2011   David's Review Corner

Poul Ruders: Selma Jezková
"One act operas have been singularly unsuccessful in the history of opera, but this compelling story may prove the exception".
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Discography

Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Selma Jezková (Dancer in the Dark)
Poul Ruders

DVD 2.110410 (2011)

Poul Ruders' heart-rending opera from 2010 based on Lars von Trier's film "Dancer in the Dark"

The Little Mermaid; The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town
The Little Mermaid; The Will-o'-the-Wisps Go to Town
Bent Sørensen; Per Nørgård

CD 8.226046 (2006)

Two new Danish masterworks inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl; Die Seejungfrau
The Little Match Girl; Die Seejungfrau
August Enna; Alexander Zemlinsky

CD 8.226048 (2006)

Zemlinsky meets Danish opera in a double tribute to Hans Christian Andersen


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