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Kristina Hammarström (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Sweden

Kristina Hammarström has lately become one of Swedenís leading singers with a flourishing international career. Her impeccable musicianship, due to an earlier career as a violinist, and striking stage persona has earned her accolades wherever she has appeared. She has been engaged by the Bastille Opera in Paris, Wiener Kammeroper, as well as the opera houses in Lausanne, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Strasbourg and Lübeck.

n the spring of 2004 Kristina Hammarström made her debut as Penelope in Il ritorno díUlisse in patria at La Monnaie in Brussels, and then on tour to Caen, Luxemburg and New York. This summer (2006-2007 season) she appeared in Cecilia and the Monkey King at The Drottningholm Court Theatre, where she also appeared as Irene in the critically acclaimed production of Tamerlano, conducted by Christophe Rousset in 2000 and 2002. During the 2003 season Kristina Hammarström appeared with René Jacobs in Luxemburg as Diana in Cavalliís La Calisto, Nerone in Agrippina at The Chicago Opera Theater with Emmanuelle Haïm and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Gothenburg Opera. Other operatic roles in later seasons have been: Teseo in George Frideric Handelís Arianna in Creta with Christophe Rousset, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and the title-role in W.A. Mozartís Ascanio in Alba in Mannheim with Adam Fischer.

Kristina Hammarström has performed the alto parts in most of J.S. Bachís and W.A. Mozartís oratorios with conductors as Manfred Honeck, Philippe Herreweghe and John Nelson. In 2003 she appeared as Marguerite in Berliozí La Damnation de Faust alongside José van Dam in Düsseldorf. Recent engagements include Minerva in Il ritorno díUlisse in patria with René Jacobs at the Staatsoper in Berlin, Edward Elgarís The Dream of Gerontius in Düsseldorf, Cleofe in G.F. Handelís La Resurrezione with Andrew Manze in Berlin, Matilde in Lotario with Kammerorchester Basel, W.A. Mozartís Mass in C-minor with Herbert Blomstedt and the Tonhalle-Orchestra, Charlotte in Massenetís Werther at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Nerone in Agrippina in Frankfurt and Cornelia in G.F. Handelís Giulio Cesare with René Jacobs in Vienna.

Kristina Hammarström participates in the recordings of Mitridate, Lucio Silla and Idomeneo with Adam Fischer and the Danish Radio Sinfonietta.

Source: Dannish Radio Sinfonietta Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2007)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Leonardo García-Alarcón


Video (2016): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Bradamante]

Marc Minkowski


DVD: G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Bradamante]

Jan Willem de Vriend


V-1 (2006): BWV 248/1-6 [1st recording]

Links to other Sites

Danish Radio Sinfonietta 2006-07 - CV: Kristina Hammarström

Kristina Hammarström (Värmlandsoperan)
Stockholm Royal Opera Soloists in Tuscany

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