Kristina Hammarström

Kristina Hammarström, born in Värmland, Sweden, studied violin and voice at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Since then she has performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Theater and der Wien, the Opéra National Paris, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris, the Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, as well as at the Salzburg, d'Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck Festivals, among others. Her repertoire includes an impressive number of Baroque roles, including the title roles in George Frideric Handel's operas Lotario and Oreste, as well as other roles in his works, including Daniel in Belshazzar, Bradamante in Alcina, Oriana in Ezio, Medoro in Orlando and Ottone in Agrippina, as well as numerous roles in operas by Gluck, Cavalli, Vivaldi and Mozart. Among the conductors with whom she has worked are Herbert Blomstedt, William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christophe Rousset and Jean-Christophe Spinosi. In the opera Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria by Claudio Monteverdi, Hammarström has embodied several roles: La Fortuna, L`humana fragilità and Ericlea under the musical direction of René Jacobs. In 2004, Hammarström made her debut as Penelope in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the La Monnaie Opera House in Brussels, with subsequent guest appearances at the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Handel Festival Halle. The same production was recently performed again at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in March 2023. Kristina Hammarström makes her debut at the Bavarian State Opera as Penelope in Il ritorno / The Year of Magical Thinking. (as of 2023)