Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg rose to fame in 2003 when she stepped in for an ailing Cecilia Bartoli on one day’s notice, appearing as Piacere in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Zurich Opera. She is now established as one of Europe’s leading mezzo-sopranos.
She appears regularly at La Scala, Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Theater an der Wien, the Paris Opéra, the Opéra de Lyon, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Dutch National Opera, the Bavarian and Berlin State Operas, the Semperoper Dresden, the Royal Swedish Opera and the Salzburg, Verbier and Edinburgh Festivals.
Her operatic repertoire includes roles in works by Rossini, Mozart, Gluck, Massenet, Handel, Vivaldi and Monteverdi.
Equally at home on the concert platform, she appears in concert halls and at festivals throughout Europe and North America. She has built an unusually large concert repertoire, spanning music from the early 17th century to the present day.
Ann Hallenberg has worked with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, William Christie, Teodor Currentzis, John Eliot Gardiner, Emmanuelle Haïm, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Järvi, Louis Langrée, Andrea Marcon, Cornelius Meister, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Evelino Pidò, Christophe Rousset, Lothar Zagrosek and Alberto Zedda.
She has also recorded more than 40 CDs and DVDs, featuring music by composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Bruckner. Her solo CD Agrippina won best operatic recital at the International Opera Awards in London in May 2016, following an award in the same category in 2014.
Ann Hallenberg enjoys a long-standing collaboration with the Drottningholm Festival in Stockholm and will be the Festival’s artist in residence in 2019 and 2020, both appearing in leading operatic roles on stage and giving masterclasses and concerts.