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Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: March 17, 1967 - Sweden

The Swedish mezzo-soprano, Ann Hallenberg, studied at the National College of Operatic Art in Stockholm with Kerstin Meyer and Erik Sædén, and graduated in 1994. She has also studied with Joy Mammen in London.

Ann Hallenberg regularly appears in opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala Milan and Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa in Italy; Teatro Real Madrid in Spain; Opéra National Paris, Opéra de Lyon and Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg in France; Bayerische Staatsoper München, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Lirico in Bremen, Oper der Stadt Bonn, Komische Oper Berlin, and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in Germany; Opernhaus Zürich in Switzeland; Theater an der Wien, Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Opéra Garnier Monaco, Opera Montpellier, Norwegian National Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Drottningholm Theatre Stockholm, and Volksoper in Stockholm. She has also appeared in concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and North America, such as and festivals such as Dresdener Musikfestspiele, Boston Early Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival, and Utrech Festival for Old Music. She has sung concerts in USA, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, England, and Switzerland.

Ann Hallenberg has collaborated and regularly works with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, William Christie, Francesco Corti, Marcus Creed, Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, Patrick Fournillier, John Eliot Gardiner, Roy Goodman, Emmanuelle Haïm, Philippe Herreweghe, Michael Hofstetter, Alessandro de Marchi, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski, Christopher Moulds, Riccardo Muti, Peter Neumann, Jonathan Nott, Arnold Östman, Jérémie Rhorer, Daniel Reuss, Christophe Rousset, Kwame Ryan, Federico Maria Sardelli, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, David Stern, Stephen Stubbs, Mark Tatlow, Jos van Veldhoven, and Lothar Zagrosek.

Ann Hallenbergís repertoire include Orfeo in Gluckís Orfeo ed Euridice, Isabella in Líitaliana In Algeri, Rosina in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Charlotte in Werther, the title role in Carmen, Clarice in The Love For Three Oranges, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, the title role in W.A. Mozartís Ascanio in Alba, the title role in Gluckís Aristeo, Aristeo in Rossiís Orfeo, Aristeo in Sartorioís Orfeo, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, and Deianira in Cavalliís Ercole Amante. Her many George Frideric Handel roles include Tauride in Arianna, Tedata in Flavio, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, Dejanira in Hercules, Tirinto in Imeneo, Storgé in Jephta, Arsamene in Serse, the title role in Siroe, Irene in Tamerlano, Cyrus in Belshazzar, and Piacere in Il Trionfo Del Tempo E Del Disinganno. Her repertoire also includes numerous leading roles in operas by Antonio Vivaldi, such as the title role in Juditha Triumphans.

In February 2003 Ann Hallenberg had an enormous success as Piacere in IL Trionfo Del Tempo E Del Disinganno in Zurich, stepping in for Cecilia Bartoli on short notice. In the autumn of 2003 she sang Cyrus in G.F. Handelís Belshazzar in Amsterdam and Rotterdam with the conductor Marcus Creed, W.A. Mozartís Betulia Liberata with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Gustav Mahlerís Symphony No 3 with the Staatsorchester Hannover, and Johannes Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer at the Opéra National Paris.Early in 2004 she sang Piacere in Il Trionfo Del Tempo e Del Disinganno in Zürich with the conductor Marc Minkowski, and G. Mahlerís Kindertotenlieder with Bamberger Symphoniker and the conductor Jonathan Nott. In the spring of 2004 Ann Hallenberg sang Dejanira in G.F. Handelís Hercules at the Händel Festival in Halle with the conductor Alessandro de Marchi, Haydnís Die Sieben Letzten Worte with RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, and she will make a recording of Josef Myslivecekís La Passione with Christoph Spering.

Other engagements in recent years includeed concerts of G.F. Handelís Belshazzar in Paris, Lyon, Zürich, and London with the conductor Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players, as well as in Hamburg with the conductor Marcus Creed, A. Vivaldiís Nisi Dominus and Giovanni Battista Pergolesiís Stabat Mater in Rotterdam, and she sang Dejanira in G.F. Handelís Hercules at the Wienerfestwochen, Vienna, and on tour in the USA with the conductor William Christie. With the conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi and the Ensemble Matheus she sang concerts at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, and at the Festival d'Ambronay and made a recording of Licori in A. Vivaldiís La Fida Ninfa. With the same team she sang concerts in Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Toulouse as well as made a recording of Bradamante in A. Vivaldiís Orlando Furioso. She also sang concerts at the Barbican in London and at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris as well as recorded Piacere in Il Trionfo Del Tempo E Del Disinganno with the conductor Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée.

The 2007-2008 season included the title role in G.F. Handelís Tamerlano in Madrid, the title role in Alessandro Scarlattiís Tolomeo in Madrid, the title role in G.F. Handelís Ariodante in Munich as well as at the Spoleto Festival (Italy), Orfeo in Gluckís Orfeo ed Euridice in Berlin, Servilia in A. Vivaldiís Tito Manlio in London, Isabella in LíItaliana in Algeri in Essen and Hanover, Storgé in G.F. Handelís Jephta in Amsterdam, Ferrandiniís Il pianto di Maria and Haydnís Stabat Mater in Amsterdam, Ramiro in A. Vivaldiís Moin Paris and Vienna, Georg Philipp Telemannís Die Tageszeiten in Oslo, W.A. Mozartís Requiem in Salzburg, Penelope in Monteverdiís II Ritorno d'Ulisse at Drottningholm in Stockholm, and Costanza in Haydnís L'Isola Disabitata in Cologne. In the autumn of 2008 Ann Hallenberg sang Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at Opéra de Lyon with Jérémie Rhorer, Chaussonís Poeme de líamour et de la mer with Marc Minkowski, 2nd soprano in W.A. Mozartís Mass in C minor with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and J.S. Bachís Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with Peter Dijkstra. She also sang concerts as well as recorded Fulvia in Gluckís Ezio with Alan Curtis

Forthcoming engagements include Orasia in G.P. Telemannís Orpheus in Paris with David Stern, the title role in A. Scarlattiís Tolomeo in Vienna and Paris with Alan Curtis, Storgé in G.F. Handelís Jephta at Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg with Ivor Bolton as well as at Opéra de Bordeaux, Fernando in A. Vivaldiís Motezuma in Rome with Alan Curtis, Anna in Haydnís Il Ritorno di Tobia in London and Poissy with Sir Roger Norrington as well as in Rome with Fabio Biondi, concerts with music by Purcell and G.F. Handel in Madrid, Caen, Gent, Metz and Istanbul with Christophe Rousset, Fernando in A. Vivaldiís Motezuma in Rome with Alan Curtis, the title role in G.F. Handelís Ariodante in Beaune and Santiago de Compostela with Federico Maria Sardelli, Dido in Purcellís Dido and Aeneas in Paris and Amsterdam with David Stern, and Arsace in Rossiniís Semiramide in Vlaamse Opera Antwerp with Alberto Zedda.

Ann Hallenberg has recorded Tirinto in G.F. Handelís Imeneo and the title role in G.F. Handelís Siroe with Andreas Spering, Tauride in G.F. Handelís Arianna with Christophe Rousset, and Felix Mendelssohnís Athalia with Christoph Spering.

List of Recordings

Source: Artefact Website (March 2004); Matthias Eidmann (Artefact Artists Management, December 2008)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2004, May 2017); Matthias Eidmann (December 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Helmut Müller-Brühl


BWV 232

Paul McCreesh


P-1 (2005, Audio): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Ruggiero]

Christophe Rousset


CD (2011): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Aria [3rd recording, Ruggiero]
Video (2012):
G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [4th recording, Ruggiero]

Links to other Sites

Ann Hallenberg (Artefact)
Göttinger Händel Gesellschaft: Ann Hallenberg [German]

deSingel - Ann Hallenberg [German]
Opernhaus Halle - Ensemble - Ann Hallenberg [German]

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