Trills spinning softly lika a Rolls Royce, high notes spinning effortless above the clouds and an unspoiled irresistibility of expression - prompting a spontaneous standing ovation after Amina’s radiant final aria
Carl-Gunnar Åhlèn, Svenska Dagbladet
In recent years soprano Kristina Hansson has emerged as one of Sweden’s most interesting sopranos. A convincing stage persona combined with an irresistible timbre and technical excellence has made her equally appreciated on opera stages and in concert halls.
Kristina studied at the Piteå Music Academy, the Malmö College of Music and the University College of Opera in Stockholm. She has received numerous prestigious awards, e.g. the Jenny Lind Award, the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Award and the Christina Nilsson Award. Kristina was also a semi finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia 2002, the year after her début at the Stockholm Royal Opera.
Since then Kristina has built a varied repertoire of opera roles, including a.o. Konstanze (Die Entführung), Amina (La Sonnambula), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Sophie (Die Rosenkavalier), Zdenka (Arabella), Gilda (Rigoletto), Elisa (Il ré pastore), Le feu/Le rossignol (L’enfant et les Sortilèges) at opera houses in Sweden and abroad, such as Stockholm Royal Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Drottningholm Court Theatre, Malmö Opera, Piteå Chamber Opera, Oper Leipzig, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra de Montpellier, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and festivals like InnsbruckerFestwochen and Händel-festspiele in Göttingen.
In spring 2010 Kristina sang Asteria (Tamerlano) at the Händel-festspiele in Göttingen and other highlights during the season were Brahms Requiem with Michael Schönwandt and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and a string of concerts performing Ludwig Irgens Jensen’s Japanischer Frühling, on tour with Nordic Chamber Orchestra and later with Västerås Sinfonietta. She has also participated in a cross over project with Swedish world musician Ale Möller, centered on the human voice.
Kristina Hansson’s large and varied concert repertoire encompasses all standard works for lyrical soprano and she had notable success singing Mozart concert arias with Danish Radio Sinfonietta and conductor Adam Fischer. Other conductors to be mentioned are a.o. Siegfried Köhler, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Michael Schönwandt, Hannu Lintu, René Jacobs, Christophe Rousset, Adam Fischer, Arnold Östman and Pablo Heras-Casado.
No stranger to contemporary music, Kristina has participated in several world premieres of contemporary operas singing roles written specifically for her, such as Julie in K – Description of a struggle by Jan Sandström for Gothenburg Opera and Isabella in Carl Unander-Scharin’s The Sleep Clinic.
Recent engagements include Christus am Ölberge with The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Paul Mägi, Mozart Concert Arias with Uppsala Chamber Orchestra and Ewa Strusinska, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.
In season 2012-13 Kristina sung the role as Queen of the Night with maestro Fabio Biondi at the opening of the new concert house in Stavanger and Mozart Mass in C-minor with Helsingborg symphony orchestra among others. She made her début with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2012.
In autumn 2013 Kristina Hansson will sing the role of Pamina at the Folkoperan in Stockholm. In 2014 she will be soloist in a concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.