TALK 18.00 – Tatiana Lanshina (RU), chair of ReGeneration 2030, in conversation with the winner of the Baltic Sea Award

The theme of the penultimate festival day is young heirs. Jenny Lind was Sweden’s first international superstar, and counted H C Andersen, Felix Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and even England’s Queen Victoria among her admirers. Here, she is celebrated by two of today’s Swedish opera stars: Elin Rombo, who was awarded the Jenny Lind grant in 1999, and Annie Ternström, last year’s winner of Young Artists. ReGeneration 2030 is a movement led by young people in the Baltic Sea region with the goal of making the UN’s sustainability goals reality. The evening’s conversation, about the younger generation’s view of the opportunities of the Baltic Sea, will be streamed from their annual conference in Mariehamn. Led by Hanna Malmodin, Ekot Swedish Radio.

Way out west in the United States, on the road between San Francisco and the El Dorado National Forest, is the old mining community, Jenny Lind, near New Lake Hogan. 450 miles north, a herd of musk oxen graze on Jenny Lind Island’s grassy meadows in Nunavut in Canada in the North Arctic Ocean. In another part of the world, smoke and steam billow forth out of a majestic Jenny Lind locomotive on a historic railway in England. But who was Jenny Lind, the Swedish nightingale?

In 1820, Johanna Maria Lind was born, one of the greatest ever Swedish stars. She was never called anything other than Jenny. It is difficult to really comprehend how idolized this young singer was. She was just 29 years old when she retired from the opera stage, having achieved tremendous international fame in the five years since she made her debut in Berlin in 1844. H.C. Andersen said of her that no one else had such a profound influence over him as a poet: “She opened the door to the sacred rooms of art for me.”

Jenny Lind was enrolled as a student at the Royal Opera when she was nine years old, five years younger than the minimum enrolment age. In her own words, she was “a small, ugly, timid, awkward little girl with a broad nose and stunted growth”. But she could sing like no other, and her debut as Agathe in Der Freischütz (The Marksman) at the age of 17 took the audience’s breath away. She had tremendous drive, a unique voice, amazing coloratura and a diminuendo that diminished into nothingness. She had an intense presence on stage as well as in life. But she also experienced stage fright before performances and could be curt and unkind to the people around her.

The year after her final opera performance, she embarked on a tour of America that left its mark on the world to the extent that her name is still recognized almost 200 years later. On her arrival in New York, she was met by 30,000 cheering people and disembarked to a cascade of flowers. The tour manager, the legendary entrepreneur P.T. Barnum, sold concert tickets by auction and the deeply religious Jenny Lind donated almost all of her unimaginable income to charity after the tour.

But what significance does Jenny Lind have for us today? Just a glimmering fantasy or a face on a banknote, or can she open the door to the sacred rooms of art even for us? Before the 200th anniversary of Jenny Lind’s birth in 2020, Sveriges Television and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will explore her life and career in a drama documentary as well as in this concert with gems from her magnificent repertoire.

Text: Janna Vettergren




The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra serves as a symphony orchestra for the whole of Sweden. Regardless of where you live you can listen to the orchestra’s concerts through the Swedish Radio’s broadcasts or on their website, and several concerts are also shown on Swedish Television. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the best and most versatile orchestras in Europe – perhaps even in the world. Every year they perform well-loved works from the classical repertoire as well as new music by exciting contemporary composers such as Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Magnus Lindberg and Unsuk Chin. In addition they perform music from popular films and computer and video games and collaborate with leading jazz, pop and rock artists in a constant endeavour to develop and to break new ground.

The conductor Evan Rogister is Chief Conductor at the Washington National Opera and for the Kennedy Center Opera House orchestra. In Sweden, he has performed at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm as well as the Göteborg Opera and Malmö Opera. Currently, he is conducting a five-year project with Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelunge at the Göteborg Opera. He recently made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre with Puccini’s La Bohème and at the Metropolitan Opera with Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He has also staged Wagner’s Rienzi at Deutsche Oper and regularly collaborates with both the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Evan Rogister also trained as a trombonist and baritone soloist at Indiana University and Juilliard in the United States.

Tatiana is the CEO of the association ”Goal Number Seven” and the coordinator of SDSN Youth in Russia. Since 2013, she is a research fellow at the Center for Economic Modeling of Energy and Ecology of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Tatiana is based in Moscow, Russia. ReGeneration 2030 is a movement led by teenagers and young adults in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions making the United Nations Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs) become reality. ReGeneration 2030 provides a platform for youth to not only demand change but also create it. Their annually summits on Åland are powerful arenas for the movement.


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BALTIC SEA FESTIVAL TALK 18.00 – 18.45, Berwaldhallen, livestreamed from Mariehamn

Tatiana Lanshina (RU), chair of ReGeneration 2030, in conversation with the winner of the Baltic Sea Award. 

ReGeneration 2030 is a movement led by teenagers and young adults in the Nordic countries and the Baltic Sea region, with the goal of making the UN’s sustainability goals, Agenda 2030, a reality. Behind ReGeneration is the Baltic Sea Fund, whose mission is to create a meeting point for Baltic Sea actors of all kinds. The Baltic Sea Fund disseminates knowledge and inspiration, and gives the annual Baltic Sea Award to a role model and inspirer who shows the way forward through their work and dedication to Baltic Sea issues. The chair of ReGeneration is Tatiana Lanshina, who, alongside this year’s winner of the Baltic Sea Award, will talk about the younger generation’s ideas for the future of the Baltic Sea. Tatiana is a researcher at the Centre for Economic Modelling of Energy and Ecology in Moscow. The winner of the award is named at the end of April, and will be presented in more detail later this spring. Moderator Hanna Malmodin from Swedish Radio.