Hillevi Martinpelto

Hillevi Martinpelto made her debut at the Royal Opera, Stockholm as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Since then she has evolved into one of our times foremost interpreters of the Mozart heroines ranging from Pamina (die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Contessa Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Elettra (Idomeneo), Vitellia (Clemenza di Tito), but also other roles, for example; Aida, Desdemona (Otello), Elisabetta (Don Carlo) Alice (Falstaff) Leonora (Trovatore), Amelia (Un Ballo), Iphigénie (Aulide & Tauride), Tatiana (Eugen Onegin, Agathe (Freischütz), Rezia (Meistersinger), Elsa (Lohengrin), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Marguerithe (Faust by both Gounod and Spohr) Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier).

The concert repertoire is extensive too: Handel (Messiah), Bach (B minor Mass), Verdi and Brahms (Requiem), Wagner (Wesendoncklieder), Strauss (Vier Letzte Lieder), Schönberg (Gurrelieder), Zemlinskis (Lyric Symphonie), Mahler (Symphonies 2, 4 and 8) and Beethoven (Symphonie 9) to mention some.

Hillevi Martinpelto has performed in most of the leading international Opera houses and concert halls in citys like: Berlin, Munich, Köln, Dresden, Leipzig, Salzburgh, Vienna, Milano, Florens, Rome, Amsterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh, London (including 8 Proms in Royal Albert Hall), Glyndebourne, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland,Tokyo, Hong Kong, to mention a few. She has worked with conductors like Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, René Jacobs, Zubin Mehta, Esa Pekka Salonen, Sir Charles Mackkerras, Donald Runnicles, Ivor Bolton and many more.

Mrs Martinpeltos worldwide career continues during the season 2011/12 when she performs at BBC Proms in London and at the gala premiere of 2011 Beijing Music Festival under the baton of Charles Dutoit. In spring she will return to the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Lisa in a revival of the well acclaimed Pique Dame production.

2010/2011 Hillevi Martinpelto performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra during the Edinburgh International Festival singing the 2nd soprano in Mahler’s symphony No 8 under the baton of Donald Runnicles. She also sang Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Tonhalle-Orchestra in Zürich and Mo Vladimir Jurowski, Verdi’s Requiem with the BBC Philharmonics, Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with Mo Sylvain Cambreling and the SWR Sinfonieorchester in Baden-Baden and Freiburg.

To her credit Ms Martinpelto also has several Complete CD-recordings of operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Leonore, Oberon and Falstaff (Gardiner), Cosi fan tutte (Rattle), Clemenza di Tito (Mackkerras), Don Carlos (Hold-Garrido), Amelia in Gustavo III a reconstruction of Verdis original sketches for Un Ballo in Maschera and many more.

Ms Martinpelto is a distinguished member of the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. In 2006 she was appointed Royal Court Singer by the Swedish King Carl Gustaf. 2004 she received Litteris et Artibus, which was awarded by the king, a medalfor outstanding artistic achievements in areas such as music and theatrical performances.

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