In Berwaldhallen, Epiphany means glitter, glamour and classic entertainment. Begin the year with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir and amazing guest stars Malin Byström and Lisa Nilsson. Malin Byström replaces Malena Ernman due to illness. Join us for this musical treat, guaranteed to rejuvenate frozen, wintry spirits.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground. The orchestra’s high-quality music making as well as its collaborations with internationally renowned composers, conductors and soloists have been rewarded with numerous prizes and accolades.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the orchestra reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and in Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.
“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” The orchestra is also proud to have Klaus Mäkelä as its Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.
The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them, Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen, have since been appointed Conductors Laureate, as well as Valery Gergiev, a regular guest conductor and co-founder of the Baltic Sea Festival.
For more than 90 years, the Swedish Radio Choir has contributed to the development of the Swedish a cappella tradition. Under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson, the choir earned great international renown. It is still hailed as one of the best choirs in the world. The choir members’ ability to switch between powerful solo performances and seamlessly integrating themselves in the ensemble creates a unique and dynamic instrument praised by critics and music lovers alike, as well as by the many guest conductors who explore and challenge the choir’s possibilities.
Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Choir since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the seated audience, the choir reaches millions of listeners on the radio and the web through Klassiska konserten i P2. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top choirs.
With the 2020–2021 season, Kaspars Putniņš begins his tenure as the tenth Music Director of the Swedish Radio Choir. Since January 2019, Marc Korovitch is the choirmaster of the Swedish Radio Choir with responsibility for the ensemble’s continued artistic development. Two of the orchestra’s former Music Directors, Tõnu Kaljuste and Peter Dijkstra, were appointed Conductors Laureate in November 2019. Both maintain a close relationship with the choir and make regular guest appearances.
The Swedish Radio Choir was founded the same year as the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts and the choir had its first concert in May 1925. Right from the start, the choir had high ambitions with a conscious aim to perform contemporary music.
Malin Byström sang Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House in London in 2019, a role she has also sung at, for instance, the Metropolitan Opera. She has had recurring engagements at the Royal Opera House in roles including Hélène in Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes, Mathilde in Rossini’s William Tell and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.
At the Metropolitan Opera she has also sung Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the title role in Strauss’ Arabella. She has appeared at the Royal Swedish Opera as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Giordano’s Fedora and Romilda in Handel’s Serse.
She has also performed at the Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Gothenburg Opera and Grand Théâtre de Genève. On the concert stage she has performed several times with conductor Kurt Masur, she has sung Sibelius’ Kullervo with Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with Herbert Blomstedt. In 2008 she received the Birgit Nilsson Award and in 2018 she was awarded Court Singer and named Female Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards.