Alan GILBERT, Conductor
Christina NILSSON, Soprano
Rinat SHAHAM, Mezzo-Soprano
Michael WEINIUS, Tenor
Morris ROBINSON, Bass
New National Theatre Chorus, Chorus
Alan GILBERT (Principal Guest Conductor)
Christina NILSSON (Soprano)
The previous season Christina appeared in two roles at the Royal Swedish Opera, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro and Aida. In the summer of 2021 Christina was a guest at the Tiroler Festspiele in Austria where she sang the role of Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin.
Christina Nilsson was born in Ystad in Southern Sweden and received her master’s degree after graduating from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2017. In the season of 2017/18 Christina got her breakthrough with her role debut as Aida at The Royal Swedish Opera. Christina was awarded the Third prize as well as the Birgit Nilsson Prize in the 2019 Operalia competition. In 2017 Christina Nilsson was awarded the First prize in the Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition, and she received the First prize as well as the Audience's prize of the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Competition in 2016.
Rinat SHAHAM (Mezzo-Soprano)
Her concert work has seen her perform the role of Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle including in Vienna and Barcelona and this autumn sees her stage debut in this role with the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, a role that she will also record with Karina Canellakis and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has also sung Bernstein in Hamburg and Vienna, Purcell in Helsinki, and is a regular collaborator at the Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. She returns to Barcelona in 2023 in Marina Abramovic’s The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas.
Michael WEINIUS (Tenor)
He made his professional debut in 1993 as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and thereafter sang a large number of baritone roles, before making the transition to tenor in 2004, with Laca in Jenufa beeing the first tenor role.
Since then he has performed at many leading opera houses in Europe. Among engagements to be mentioned are Parsifal for Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Finnish National Opera and the Royal Swedish Opera, Siegmund for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nationaltheater Mannheim and Royal Swedish Opera, Hans Schwalb in Mathis der Maler conducted by Christoph Eschenbach at Opera de Bastille in Paris, Lohengrin at Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Stockholm, as well as highlights from Lohengrin in Baden-Baden with Christian Thielemann, Tristan at the Royal opera in Stockholm, Staatstheater Kassel and ROH Covent Garden, Siegfried in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in Geneva, Düsseldorf and Leipzig.
He has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Marek Janowski, Axel Kober, Kent Nagano, Donald Runnicles, Esa Pekka Salonen and Christian Thielemann.
Michael Weinius also appears regularly on the concert stage, perfoming works such as Gurrelieder by Schönberg, Beethovens 9th symphony, Mahler´s Das Lied von der Erde and The Dream of Gerontius by Elgar.
In 2013 Michael Weinius received from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf the honorable title of Court Singer.
Morris ROBINSON (Bass)