Nordic Weeks: Broman & Börtz

First Concertmaster Malin Broman plays violin and viola Daniel Börtz’s Double Concerto for One together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alan Gilbert. The programme also features lush orchestral music from our neighbours, signed Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen.





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 multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with 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 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.

Alan Gilbert är musikchef och hovkapellmästare på Kungliga Operan och chefsdirigent för NDR Elbfilharmonins Orkester i Hamburg. Dessutom är han förste gästdirigent för Tokyo Metropolitan Symfoniorkester och hedersdirigent för Kungliga Filharmonikerna, vilka han var chefsdirigent för 2000–2008.

På Kungliga Operan leder han säsongen 2023/24 uppsättningar av Strauss Elektra och Wagners Parsifal. Med Berlinfilharmonikerna kommer han denna säsong att tolka Arthur Honeggers oratorium Jeanne d’Arc på bålet. Med Elbfilharmonins Orkester kommer han bland annat uruppföra The Elements, en violinkonsert samskriven av fem tonsättare, med Joshua Bell som solist. Förra säsongen uruppförde Gilbert och orkestern ett beställningsverk av Lisa Streich som en del av Elbphilharmonie Visions, en nyinstiftad festivalbiennal som uppmärksammar den samtida musiken.

Som gästdirigent har han arbetat med bland andra Berlinerfilharmonikerna, Bostons Symfoniorkester, Gewandhausorkestern i Leipzig, Londons Symfoniorkester och Concertgebouworkestern i Amsterdam. Han har dirigerat operauppsättningar på Metropolitan och operahusen i Los Angeles, Zürich och Santa Fe. Han debuterade nyligen på La Scala i Milano med en nyuppsättning av Gershwins Porgy and Bess, på Dresden Semperoper med Schönbergs Moses und Aron och ledde Mahler Chamber Orchestra i George Benjamins Written on Skin på Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera. Han har tidigare varit musikchef för Santa Fe-operan och chefsdirigent för New Yorks Filharmoniker.

Alan Gilbert har gjort ett stort antal musik- och operainspelningar, varav flera belönats med prestigefyllda utmärkelser och hyllats av kritiker och lyssnare. 2014 valdes han in i American Academy of Arts & Sciences och nominerades samma år till Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres av den franska regeringen.

Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth was thrust into the limelight when she took First Prize at the prestigious Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in 2019.

Initially training as a dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, Wallroth subsequently focused her principal study on voice and went on to graduate from Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (MDW).  In 2013, Johanna Wallroth made her operatic debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro under Arnold Östman at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, Stockholm. Efter that she has regularly appeared on stages in Sweden and worldwide, for example as Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Wien and as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Moscow’s Gnesin Academy. In the 19/20 season, Johanna made her role debut as Zerlin  in Don Giovanni to great acclaim in a live-streamed semi-staged performance with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Music Director, Daniel Harding.

Already with an enviable experience on the concert platform, Johanna Wallroth has for example performed with Sakari Oramo at Helsinki Music Centre in Mahler, Symphony No 4 and Mozart, Requiem with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Barbara Hannigan. She was soloist on tour to Antwerp, Amsterdam, Dortmund, Köln, Hamburg and Luxembourg with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra in Mahler, Symphony No 4.

The 2022/23 season opens with a debut at Sweden’s historic Drottningholm Festival as Leocasta in Vivaldi’s Il Giustino with the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra under George Petrou, and sees her first appearance at Opernhaus Zürich in a ballet production choreographed by Christian Spück based on the Madrigals of Monteverdi and conducted by Christoph Koncz.

Named as Classical Artist in Residence for the 2022/23 season by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johanna Wallroth joins the orchestra for several concerts across the season including Berg, Sieben frühe Lieder with Daniel Harding, Mozart arias with Martin Fröst and Schubert Mass in E-flat with Andràs Schiff.

The British baritone Jeremy Carpenter commenced the season 2023/2024 with the role of Germont in La traviata at the Royal Swedish Opera, where he this spring sings Judge Turpin in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. The autumn included the role of The Man in the world premiere of The Book of Life by Sven-David Sandström, together with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. The upcoming season of 2023/24 begins with the role of Orest in Strauss’ Elektra, followed by the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni, both at the Royal Swedish Opera.

Carpenter is a frequent guest at the Royal Swedish Opera, where he has appeared as of Philippe in Rufus Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna, the title role in Gianni SchicchiDr. Pangloss in Bernstein’s Candide, Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des carmélites and the title role of Don Giovanni. He has appeared as Danilo in Die Lustige WitweZhou Enlai in John Adams’ Nixon in ChinaDr. Vigelius and The baron in Schreker’s Der ferne Klangthe Protector in Written on SkinEscamillo in Carmen and Gérard in Andrea Chénier. Carpenter has also sung Angelotti in a filmed concert version of Tosca for the Royal Swedish Opera digital stage Operan Play, also broadcasted on the European streaming platform OperaVision in 2021.

Carpenter has performed the role of the Protector at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence’s production of Written on Skin as well as in semi-staged performances on tour in China, together with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra led by Laurence Renes.

He has sung Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at Grand Théâtre de Genève and the role of Sir Robert Cecil in Britten’s Gloriana and Guglielmo Cecil in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, appeared as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with the Angers Nantes Opéra and as Marullo in Rigoletto in Dijon. At Folkoperan in Stockholm, Carpenter has sung the roles of Germont in La traviata and Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles and he has appeared as Escamillo in Carmen at the Malmö Opera.

Jeremy Carpenter’s repertoire also includes the Count and Figaro in Le nozze di FigaroGuglielmo in Così fan tutteMarcello in La BohèmeLescaut in Manon LescautDemetrius in A Midsummer Night’s DreamSid in Albert HerringFalke in Die FledermausDancairo and Morales in Carmen and the title role of Gianni Schicchi. He has appeared at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra de Lille, Grange Park Opera, Theater S:t Gallen and elsewhere.

Equally at home on the concert platform, Carpenter has appeared in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Liebesliederwaltzer and Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Charles Villiers Stanford’s Songs of the Sea and Maxwell-Davies The Martyrdom of St Magnus, Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony and Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Edo de Waart. He has also sung the role of Talpa in concert performances of Puccini’s Il tabarro with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding.

Jeremy Carpenter studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the tutelage of Ellis Keeler, Rudolf Piernay and David Pollard. He is a Swedish resident.

Approximate duration: 1 hr 50 mins with intermission