ELIN SKORUP SOPRANO
Described by Expressen as a singer with magnetic stage presence, and by Baroquiades.com as possessing a soprano with “les couleurs cristallines”, Elin Skorup has established herself as one of Sweden’s most sought after specialists in oratorio, opera, and lieder, performing and recording regularly throughout her homeland and across Europe..
As a concert soprano, Elin has recently been soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, has sung in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, and has performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra. She performed at the Ton Koopman Itinéraire Baroque Festival in Périgord, France. and has toured Germany as a soloist in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Hannoversche Hofkapelle. Elin has sung the Händel Dixit Dominus in the Stockholm Concert Hall with conductor Fredrik Malmberg, and the Mozart C-Minor Mass with both the Nordic Chamber Orchestra under Ragnar Bohlin and at the Palacio de Festivales in Cantabria, Spain.
No stranger to the operatic stage, Elin has been featured as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Proserpine in Monteverdis L’Orfeo, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and as the high coloratura role of the Secret Political Police in Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti. Elin recently sang in historic performances of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha at the Folkoperan Stockholm, resulting in further successful productions in Gothenburg; and in the fall of 2018, it will travel to the Brooklyn Academy of Music NEW YORK. The fall of 2018 she makes her debut at the ancient Drottningholm court theatre.
Elin is an accomplished chamber musician and has collaborated with the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland and the Copenhagen Soloists. She was invited to the Kursk State International Music Festival for a concert of Händel arias with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Elin made her CD debut on Daphne Records together with the Swiss pianist, Fabienne Romer, in a collection of Swedish and German art songs entitled: Morgen. And in the fall of 2017, Elin appeared as a soloist with Gävle Symphony Orchestra singing Brahms under Spanish conductor Jaime Martin. This project was released on Ondine Records as Brahms, Song of Destiny, with Elin’s singing being acclaimed by ForumOpéra.com.
Elin Skorup received her education from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, graduating in 2009, and receiving several scholarships, including the Folkoperans Encouragement Scholarship.
Elin has participated in a numerous of premiere performances by swedish and foreign composers, many of those performances has been live broadcasted on Radio. She has cooporated with orchestras and conductors like the Royal Swedish Philharmonic Orchestra, Gävle symphony orchestra, Nordic Chamber orchestra, Musica Vitae, Copenhagen soloists, Re:Baroque, the Drottningholm Baroque ensemble, Jaime Martin, Olof Boman, Fredrik Malmberg, Ragnar Bohlin and Daniel Harding.
ANNA ZANDER MEZZO SOPRANO
Anna Zander Sand started her musical education by studying jazz at Kulturama in Stockholm. After that she began to focus more on classical singing and studied for Arne Lundmark at Dalarö Folk High School for two years. Anna then qualified as a singing teacher at the College of Music in Piteå, and after that she made her special studies in baroque singing for Susanne Rydén at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. At this point, she decided to focus her singing on early music – from renaissance to late baroque, and classicism.
Anna has participated in several courses and master classes, for example for Olle Persson, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Clas Pehrsson, Nigel North and Emma Kirkby.
Anna ended her baroque studies in 2002 and the same year she became a member of the Swedish Radio choir. Ever since she has also worked as a soloist in great demand both in Sweden and in Europe. In the summer 2004 she won the first price in a soloist competition in Early Music. The competition was held in Brunnenthal, Austria, and it became a great break through for her engagements in Europe. She works on a regular basis in Holland, Germany and Italy, mostly with concert and church music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn, it is in this musical form she has her strength and passion. Anna has also done opera. For example The Magic Flute Mozart (Third boy), Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell (Dido), Il ritorno d'Ulisse (Fortuna, Melanto and Anfinomo) by Claudio Monteverdi. She has done two staged productions with Piteå Church Opera, the first one being a staged Passion of St Matthew (Bach), and the second one a church opera called Stones, about and also with music composed by Hildegaard of Bingen (Hildegaard). She has worked together with conductors such as Ton Koopman, Reinhard Goebel, Andrew Lawrence-King, Alexander Weimann, Stefan Parkman, Arnold Östman, Tönu Kaljuste, Etienne Siebens and Philippe Pierlot.
Anna works on a regular basis in different chamber music constellations. For example she has worked for several years with the lutenist Anders Ericson with whom she has performed a great deal of French Air de cours. She performs early italian music together with the cembalo player Mayumi Kamata, and she also just recently started a cooperation with the guitar player Liv Skareng, interpreting music by J Dowland, W A Mozart and M de Falla. Anna also works regularly with the very well reknowned ensemble Ricercar Concort under the leading of Philippe Pierlot. The ensemble has its' base in Belgium but tours all over the world with different programmes, from renaissance and early baroque to Bach and the late baroque music. During 2016 they made tours to South Korea and to New York, performing a very special version of Monteverdi's opera “Il ritorno d'Ulisse”. The acting in the opera is played by large puppets, while the singers walk next to the puppets, on stage, singing their parts. In this production Anna sings the parts of Fortuna, Melanto and Anfinomo. This tour will continue during 2017 with performances in Potsdam.
MIKAEL STENBAEK TENOR
Mikael studied at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm in choir conducting and soloistclass for singers between the years 1996-2002 and has during the last 19 years established himself as one of his country’s leading concert-, oratorio- and church- singer active both in and outside of Sweden.
Mikael has his main musical focus as a concert singer with perfomances in numerous oratorios, passions, masses, cantatas and other works such as Bach’s S:t John- and S:t Matthewpassions, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in b minor, Mozart´s Requiem and Mass in c minor, Handel´s Messiah and Solomon, Haydn´s the Creation and Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mendelsohn´s Elijah and Paulus, Rossini´s Petite messe solennelle and G.P. Telemann´s Christmas Cantatas and other great works by various composer. Mikel has corporated together with Sweden´s and Europe´s leading baroque and modern orchestras, for example the Netherlands Bach Society, Bachkoor Holland, Amsterdam Orkest, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, REbaroque, Ensemble Elbipolis, Ensemble Akadémia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm, Stavanger- and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras and Il Fondamento.
Mikael performed on a regularly basis with conductor Eric Ericson between 1997-2011 in numerous concerts both national and international.
Other conductors that Mikael has worked with includes Andrew Parrot, Paul Goodwin, Peter Dijkstra, Daniel Harding, Andrea Marcón, Daniel Reuss, Francoise Lasserre, Gijs Leenaars and Paul Dombrecht.
Mikael has also been a soloist in radio- and TV-broadcasts and has performed in several recordings.
LARS JOHANSSON BRISSMAN BARITONE
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