Soprano Malin Hartelius studied in Vienna under Margarethe Bence. After starting her career as a member of the Vienna State Opera from 1989 to 1991, she joined the ensemble of the Zurich Opera House, appearing in all Mozart roles and, among many others, as Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier, Estrella/Alfonso und Estrella, Adina/L’elisir d’amore, Leïla/Les pêcheurs de perles, Eudoxie/La Juive, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, Contessa Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte as well as Tatjana/Eugen Onegin.
In July 2011, after the first night of Il re pastore in Zurich, she was celebrated as one of the best Mozart singers of our time. She had her international breakthrough with a highly praised performance as Adina at the Frankfurt Opera and with an overwhelming success as Blondchen, conducted by Marc Minkowski, at the Salzburg Festival. Her Zurich debuts as Contessa and Fiordiligi were internationally praised as well as her performance in Harnoncourt’s production of Schubert’s rarely performed opera Alfonso und Estrella, also in Zurich. She was invited to perform at the opera houses of Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Hamburg and Munich as well as at the festivals of Ludwigsburg, Schwetzingen and Aix-en-Provence. In 1992, she made her debut at Salzburg Festival where she has since then succeeded in roles like Dircé/Cherubinis’s Médée, Adele and Rosina/La finta semplice. In Cleveland, she performed in scenic productions of all three Da Ponte operas under Franz Welser-Möst.
Malin Hartelius is also sought-after as a concert singer. She works with leading conductors as Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, William Christie, Adam Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Philippe Jordan and Franz Welser-Möst as well as with famous orchestras like Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Accademia Santa Cecilia, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. In 1993, she gave her first recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Recent highlights include her debut as Leila/Les pêcheurs de perles in Zurich and her successful “comeback” at the Wiener Staatsoper with Elvira in May and October 2011, conducted by Welser-Möst with a number of engagements in the seasons to come. Highlights on the concert stage include Mahler‘s IV Symphonie at the Salzburg Festival, Elias with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra.
The season 2011/12 saw her again in Les pêcheurs de perles, L’elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni (Elvira), Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) in Zurich as well as in Haydn’s Creation with Adam Fischer. She was invited to Stockholm with Le nozze di Figaro and to Salzburg where she sang under the baton of Ivor Bolton both at Mozartwoche and at Salzburg Festival, at the latter one she performed as Pamina in von Winter’s Labyrinth as well as in Handel’s MESSIAH under Christopher Hogwood. Other concert performances included her acclaimed debut as Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito with Louis Langrée and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie on a tour through Europe, Mozart’s C-Minor Mass with the Cleveland Orchestra and Welser-Möst and her first Verdi Requiem.
The season 2012/13 brought a Handel-Pasticcio called SALE, Armida/Rinaldo at the opera in Zurich and Fiordiligi in Winterthur as well as Contessa/Le nozze di Figaro at the Vienna State Opera. In summer 2013, she returns to Salzburg Festival with one of her signature roles, Fiordiligi with The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Eschenbach. Concerts will include among others Beethoven’s IX Symphony with Chailly and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Mozart’s Requiem with Langrée and Camerata Salzburg and Haydn’s Jahreszeiten with the Cleveland Orchestra and Welser-Möst in Cleveland as well as a recital in Biel, Switzerland and concerts in Sweden.
Highlights of the season 2013/14 include a revival of SALE in Zurich, Donna Elvira at Wiener Staatsoper, Rosalinde in J. Strauss’ FLEDERMAUS under Mehta and her debut as Donna Anna in Palermo. She will sing Euridice in Gluck‘s ORFEO ED EURIDICE in concerts under Equilbey in France and Vitellia, both Mozart and Gluck, under Langrée at Mozartwoche Salzburg. Other concert performances comprise Mahler‘s SYMPHONY NO. VIII under Chailly in Milano, Schubert‘s ES-DUR MESSE with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Welser-Möst in Munich, and also with the latter one, Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. II at Wiener Musikverein. She will return with recitals to Sweden and Switzerland.
Many recordings document the artist’s performances and repertoire: DVDs are available of the acclaimed productions of Monteverdi‘s Il ritorno d’ulisse in patria (Harnoncourt), Der Rosenkavalier, Hänsel und Gretel, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro (Welser-Möst) and Die entführung aus dem Serail (among others K. M. Brandauer) from the Zurich Opera and of Idomeneo (Norrington, Camerata Salzburg) and La finta semplice (Hofstetter, Camerata Salzburg) from the Salzburg Festival. Also, she can be heard on recordings of Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione with Freiburger Barockorchester and of several Bach‘s Cantatas (Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir), Mozart’s C-Minor Mass (Bolton, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg) and Haydn’s Harmonienmesse (Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir) and many others.
In January 2010, Malin Hartelius was honored by the Swedish King in Stockholm with the award of the Order “Litteris et Artibus”.
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