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Christina Högman (Soprano)

Born: Sweden

The Swedish soprano, Christina Högman, received her training at the Music Academy of Stockholm and in the Salzburg Opera Studio.

In 1985 Christina Högman made her debut At the Baroque Theatre of the Drottningholm Festival in Il maestro di musica by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. During 1985-1986 she belonged to the Royal Opera Stockholm. In the following two years 1986-1988 she was engaged at the State Opera of Hamburg, where among other things she sang Cherubino in Les Nozze di Figaro, Mercedes in Carmen, roles in Elektra by R. Strauss, in Rigoletto and in Parsifal. She then began freelancing and has made guest appearances at several European opera houses ; in operas by Monteverdi, Mozart, George Frideric Handel and Verdi, among others.

In 1987 Christina Högman made guest appearance at the Schwetzingen Festival as Lisinga in Le Cinesi by Gluck. In this opera she appeared in the same year also at the Opera House of Monte Carlo, where she sang in 1990 Vitige in Flavio by G.F. Handel. At the Festival of Ancient Music in Innsbruck she could be heard in 1989 in the same role, and in 1990 in the Baroque opera L'Orontea by Cesti. In 1989 she was guest in Montpellier in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and in 1992 as Telemaco in his Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. In the same year she sang Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Folk Opera in Stockholm, where she performed in 1996 Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She made her debut at the Royal Stockholm Opera in the autumn of 1996, and created the title role in Daniel Bortz's opera Marie Antoinette for its premiere at Folkoperan, Stockholm, in the spring of 1998.

Christina Högman has specialized for the stage as well as for the concert podium in the performing Baroque and 18th Century works. She has toured the world over with such eminent conductors as René Jacobs, Christopher Hogwood and Eric Ericson, and she has also taken part in several important music festivals.

Recordings: Harmonia Mundi (Aglaë in Echo et Narcisse by Gluck, Flavio by G.F. Handel), Caprice (Electra by Haeffner), Musica Sveciae (Cantatas of H. Roman, Requiem of J.M. Kraus), BIS (Verklärte Nacht by Arnold Schoenberg, Lieder of Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Alma Mahler), Vanguard (Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) and Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) by J.S. Bach), Accent (Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni). Her long list of recording credits includes also operas by Monteverdi and Haeffner, oratorios by Felix Mendelssohn, Elizabethan songs with lute accompaniment, songs to the guitar by Schubert, and Britten's song cycle Les Illuminations. Her latest recording production features music by Clara Schumann and Alma Mahler.

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2001); Liner notes to trhe album 'J.S. Bach: Mässa h-moll' conducted by Anders Öhrwall (Swedish Society, 1998)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001, October 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Anders Eby


BWV 232

Eric Ericson


BWV 244, BWV 245

Anders Öhrwall


BWV 232; Arias from BWV 21, BWV 190, BWV 508

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