Court Singer Miah Persson leads the teaching in collaboration with pianist Elisabeth Boström and assisting pianist Jacob Lidåkra
The internationally active Swedish soprano Miah Persson, grew up in Hudiksvall and now lives in England. After her education at the Royal Opera Academy in Stockholm, she made her debut as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 1998 and has since been a sought-after guest on the world’s opera and concert hall stages. In 2011, Miah Persson was appointed court singer.
Photo: Monika Rittershaus
Listen to Miah Persson:
“Come scoglio immoto resta'” from Mozart’s Così fan tutte
“Auf starkem Fittiche schwinget sich der Adler stolz” from Haydn’s The Creation
About this year’s assignment, Miah Persson says:
“It is with great anticipation that I look forward to leading this year’s master class at Birgit Nilsson Museum. After what has been a very turbulent and different year, it will be very stimulating to work with young singers and help them develop their talent, interpretation and musicmaking. Unfortunately, I never had the honor of meeting our great soprano star, but the recordings I have seen and listened to make me realize what an amazing singer and person Birgit Nilsson was.
The closest I have come to Birgit was through my singing teacher, during my studies at the Royal Opera Academy in Stockholm, Ingrid Eksell. She was a fellow student of Birgit during their time at the Opera Academy and she showed me many photographs from their performances. Ingrid also told me that Birgit had to fight to be understood by some of her teachers, but that she was strong enough to do so and had a strong belief in herself! It will be great fun to come to Birgit’s childhood home and to participate in this year’s Master Class!”
The concert pianist Elisabeth Boström is Artist Director at Malmö Opera and between 2010–2015 she was also the opera’s choirmaster. Elisabeth is a frequently hired chamber musician and romance accompanist and has toured in the USA, the Middle East and Europe. She has also appeared regularly on radio and TV and on several CD recordings. Her scholarships and awards include the Wilhelm Freund Scholarship of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Märtha Stuhre Piano Scholarship.
Photo: Malmö Opera
Jacob Lidåkra, pianist from Stockholm, educated at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Jacob performs at festivals in Sweden and abroad and is, among other things, a recurring artist at the festival The International Holland Music Sessions and the Nordic Song Festival. In addition to his solo career, Jacob has worked with singers for over a decade.
Photo: Bernhardina Hörnstein