Cornelia Beskow – Soprano
Cornelia Beskow is a young Swedish soprano with a sonorous voice and remarkable stage presence. She graduated with an advanced postgraduate diploma in music from The Royal Danish Opera Academy in June 2012. Cornelia sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin in the graduation productions of the Opera Academy, and in December the same year she made her professional debut at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen as The Fox in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Francesco Negrin and conducted by Thomas Søndergård. In the autumn 2013 she joined the Master program at the University College of Opera in Stockholm, where she studied in parallel with her professional singing. She finished her master’s degree in June 2015.
Cornelia made her Wagner debut as Wellgunde in the critically acclaimed production of Das Rheingold in Dalhalla in Sweden 2013, directed by Marcus Jupither and conducted by Patrik Ringborg. The same summer she gave a recital singing Wesendonck-lieder in Tivoli’s concert hall in Copenhagen, in collaboration with conductor Per-Otto Johansson and the Lyngby-Taarnby Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as Annina in La Traviata, directed by David Radok and conducted by Marcello Mottadelli, Marianne Leitmezerin in Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Marco Arturo Marelli and conducted by Michael Boder, and Axinja in Lady Macbeth from the Mtsensk district, directed by Peter Konwitschny and conducted by Alexander Vedernikov; all productions of the Royal Theater in Copenhagen. In May 2015 she sang Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Norrköping Symphony orchestra, conducted by Michael Francis.
The Opera Soloists at the Royal Opera in Stockholm rewarded Cornelia with the Joel Berglund scholarship in 2010, and since then she has received several study grants from the Royal Danish Academy of Music as well as the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The Swedish Wagner Society awarded her with a bursary to enable her to visit the Bayreuth Festival in 2014. In 2014 she was the recipient of the prestigious Anders Wall Scholarship and in 2015 Cornelia was awarded with the Barbro Salén price of the Royal Opera in Stockholm. She was also the winner of the Danish Reumert Talent price in 2015.
Among recent and upcoming engagements to be mentioned are her debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Sister Rose in a production of Dead man Walking by Orpha Phelan at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, her role debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, next to Nina Stemme’s Brünhilde and Michael Weinius’ Siegmund, at The Royal Opera in Stockholm, Sieglinde, in a new production of Die Walküre at Den Ny Opera in Esbjerg and Chrysothemis in Elektra at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.